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Youth Activism

The Top 6 Qualities to Unleash a Great Leader in You

Umesh Mukhi | Posted 11.17.2014 | Business
Umesh Mukhi

In my career of international youth affairs, I have met many leaders and change makers who have accomplished something commendable in their lives and ...

Love, Learning and Light: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 11.07.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Every day, along with 40 other daily givers, I have the privilege of making seed grants to up and coming social change leaders around the world. Our t...

Spiritual Resources for Activists

Adam Bucko | Posted 11.20.2014 | Religion
Adam Bucko

Inspired by the original impulse of Occupy, I began gathering people for contemplative prayer and dialogues to cultivate wisdom resources for those of us who have quietly been working on building alternative structures for a new world.

Hope, Voting and Creating the World You Want to Live In

Paul Loeb | Posted 11.16.2014 | Politics
Paul Loeb

We live in a contradictory world. Dispiriting events coincide with progress for human dignity. Bombs fall on children. The gay rights movement makes unimaginable gains. But when change occurs, it's because people find ways to act even in demoralizing times or when all the doors seem closed, and open up new possibilities by doing so.

Be My Hero

Tim McDonald | Posted 10.25.2014 | Impact
Tim McDonald

Inspiration comes from many places. To me, there is perhaps no greater source of inspiration than the youth of the world. Being involved with No Kid Hungry brings me in contact with many who feel the same way.

Finding My Voice (and Using It) to End Sexual Violence

Erin McKelle | Posted 10.24.2014 | Impact
Erin McKelle

As much as people may want to deny it, young people are driving the sexual assault prevention and feminist movements forward. They are the catalysts.

Sam Levine

Immigration Activists To GOP: You're Dead To Us

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Levine | Posted 07.21.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Dressed in black and carrying a mock coffin, a coalition of immigration activists paraded through the halls of the Dirksen and Hart Sena...

How to Make the Most of College as an Activist

Erin McKelle | Posted 09.15.2014 | College
Erin McKelle

When you're going into college (whether you're a freshman, senior, or somewhere in between) as someone who is, or aspires to be, an activist, the amount of preparation involved can seem overwhelming or even impossible to navigate. Believe me, I've been there.

I'm Embracing My 'Young' Age (And You Should, Too)

Rebekah Bolser | Posted 09.09.2014 | Teen
Rebekah Bolser

The worst thing that we, as young people, can do is to accept things the way they are because of our age. Young people have been on the forefront of every major social movement in history. We are passionate, motivated and we refuse to accept the world the way it is.

To Those Who Are Meant to Go Against the World (My Fake Commencement Speech)

Claire Topalian | Posted 08.31.2014 | College
Claire Topalian

Though I have not lived long, nor have I done anything noteworthy enough to warrant an actual commencement speech, I accepted the challenge and forced myself to focus on one central message that I would, at this stage of my life, deliver to an [un]willing audience.

Look for the Helpers: Fostering Activism in Our Youth Is Simpler Than You Think

Lysa Heslov | Posted 06.29.2014 | Education
Lysa Heslov

How are we supposed to effect change? It is very easy to be overwhelmed, but it is also easier than you think to just jump in and give it a go.

Teaching Our Kids to Save the Planet

Dana H. Glazer | Posted 06.29.2014 | Green
Dana H. Glazer

Without frightening them, I believe we need to educate our children about the larger global problems we face, as well as to empower them to do something about it. I want them to understand that even the smallest action can have profound repercussions.

Becoming an Activist Saved My Life After I Was Sexually Assaulted

Erin McKelle | Posted 06.09.2014 | Impact
Erin McKelle

At age 12, I survived incest and a lot of bullying, which led to the development of an eating disorder. My body became my own personal battleground and all I wanted to do was disappear.

Music for Peace

Isha Judd | Posted 06.03.2014 | Impact
Isha Judd

Why are so many of our songs based on loss and unrequited yearning? Is that really what moves our hearts more than joy and pleasure? More than compassion and peace?

No One Man Should Have All That Power - Our Diversity Responsibility

Brandon L. Greene | Posted 05.27.2014 | Black Voices
Brandon L. Greene

Yesterday, I had the great pleasure of speaking with a group of high school kids about power. During the conversation, I asked them how many of them t...

Is Social Activism an Underrated Job Skill?

Lisa Brummel | Posted 05.24.2014 | Impact
Lisa Brummel

Should learning to program a mobile app take precedence over diagramming iambic pentameter in Shakespeare's sonnets?

Radically Peaceful: Humanizing Oakland's Youth

Lila Igram | Posted 05.17.2014 | Impact
Lila Igram

Young men and women all over the world should be in charge of telling their own stories.

I Am Courage. We Are Courage.

Sofia Stafford | Posted 05.11.2014 | College
Sofia Stafford

We have all faced and will face different types of adversity during our lifetime, but we can learn from each other. In honor of International Women's Day, look to the women who have gotten us here and those who have continued on the fight for courage.

When Girls Are Part of the Solution Everyone Benefits

Lauren Hersh | Posted 05.07.2014 | Impact
Lauren Hersh

Our journey began in March 2013 with the creation of Project Impact, an arts-based leadership workshop for teen trafficking survivors. We spent three months working with the 15-18 year-old residents of JCCA's Gateways

Becoming a Global Kid: Stories of Change

Evie Hantzopoulos | Posted 05.05.2014 | Impact
Evie Hantzopoulos

Through a special project documenting the stories and experiences of 25 of our alumni who now range in age from 19 - 43, I am hearing of the profound impact of our collective work at Global Kids over the years.

At the UNESCO Forum On Global Citizenship Education, Youth Reveal a Fierce Commitment to Change

Sofia Gomez-Doyle | Posted 03.01.2014 | Impact
Sofia Gomez-Doyle

During a time of technological change, youth unemployment, rising university costs and civil conflict, we recognized the need for GCE, not only as a method of teaching in the classroom, but also as a mindset.

Parenting LGBTQ Youth: They Are Not Made Out of Glass -- They Will Not Break -- and They Are Not Broken

Lillian Rivera | Posted 02.18.2014 | Gay Voices
Lillian Rivera

Remember there is nothing wrong with your child. They are wonderfully them! They are not going to break -- in fact they are going to get stronger with your love. They are not broken -- society is broken. But we can fix it.

Memories of Mandela and Today's Youth

Evie Hantzopoulos | Posted 02.09.2014 | Impact
Evie Hantzopoulos

When our children discover that millions of other children around the world lack the basic right to a free education, they start to critically question the effectiveness of their own schooling, and start to advocate for an education that is relevant to today's world.

My Teen: Homeless Children In Search of Smart Adults

Anni Bricca | Posted 11.06.2013 | Impact
Anni Bricca

Reams have been written about the issue with lots of concerned citizen comments. While all that concern is great, nothing seriously tangible is being done, further underscored by the fact the numbers in my city just increased by 2000 more children.

International Youth Day Calls On Young People To Make A Difference

Donna M. Butts | Posted 10.12.2013 | Impact
Donna M. Butts

Clearly, our nation can benefit by engaging people of all ages in service to America. We need to make it as easy as ABC to make all generations feel valued and to strengthen our communities.