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Youth Activism

Teen Impact: Finalist #6

Mary-Pat Hector | Posted 03.28.2012 | Home
Mary-Pat Hector

I created a national campaign, Shake Off Violence, beginning with a 90-day ceasefire. The purpose of the campaign is to raise public awareness about youth violence and to promote peace.

Teen Impact: Finalist #7

Imran Cronk | Posted 03.28.2012 | Home
Imran Cronk

If more people my age are empowered to impact the world for the better by being given positions of leadership and responsibility, we will form a tidal wave of change and social good.

The New Movers and Shapers: How a Millennial Generation Came of Age

Christine Horansky | Posted 03.27.2012 | Home
Christine Horansky

Since we have been given a lot of lemons to start with, we have become determined instead to shape the world into the place we want it to be. Could this spirit make us the next great generation?

Liberalism Up, Political Engagement Down Among College Freshmen

Posted 03.27.2012 | College

The Occupy College protests and demonstrations against college tuition-hikes on campuses across the country may paint a portrait of an increasingly li...

Teen Impact: Finalist #10

Zachary Bonner | Posted 03.27.2012 | Home
Zachary Bonner

I have walked across the country on this mission, visiting shelters, sleeping on the streets, and donating backpacks filled with school supplies. Our children need help to find homes.

Teen Impact: Finalist #11

James DArcangelo | Posted 03.27.2012 | Home
James DArcangelo

I live between impoverished sections of Philadelphia and Trenton. Although sheltered in my oasis of affluence, I nonetheless couldn't help but see the pain and anxiety of neighboring inner-city parents.

Teen Impact: Finalist #13

Olivia McGuigan | Posted 03.26.2012 | Home
Olivia McGuigan

I started a club at my school called Club PB&J in 2010. With over 100 members, I allowed teenagers to step outside of their comfort zone and learn how to help those less fortunate.

Using Virtual Skills to Save the Real World

Chase Harrison | Posted 03.25.2012 | Home
Chase Harrison

It is time for the environmental movement to go viral. Americans must use the voice demonstrated with SOPA/PIPA to strike down the Keystone XL Pipeline.

America Does Not Happen By Accident

Ming Holden | Posted 03.17.2012 | Impact
Ming Holden

Simply put, America needs not to abandon foreign aid because if it did so, it would forfeit leadership.

Storytelling Makes the Heart Grow Larger

Heather Box | Posted 03.13.2012 | Good News
Heather Box

I was on the edge of my seat hanging onto his every word. Landry Ninteretse, a youth climate activist from Burundi, was speaking in front of hundreds at the U.N. Climate Negotiations in Durban, South Africa.

Tribute to Youth Activism & Possibility for a Better Tomorrow

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 02.28.2012 | Education
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Young people have been integral in the development and success of social movements from the very beginning, and today, they are shaking up traditionally dichotomous notions of male/female gay/straight, and masculine/feminine.

Forging Alliances Across Civilizations

Melody Moezzi | Posted 02.20.2012 | Impact
Melody Moezzi

I went to the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations Forum because I believe we can't achieve alliances among civilizations without first achieving them among individuals.

2011: The Year of the Activist

Biko Baker | Posted 02.19.2012 | Black Voices
Biko Baker

2011 was the year that America experienced an explosion of grassroots community activism. Seeing our hijacked democracy hurtling towards a fiery crash, the American citizen wrestled itself into the driver's seat, and is putting our country back on track.

Occupy Wall Street as a Pivoting Startup: "Generation Why Not" in a "Yeah But" World

Jonathan Askin | Posted 01.01.2012 | Politics
Jonathan Askin

The "What If" Generation has the tools and the vision to reimagine our democracy, and to give us the platform to make government more responsive to its people.

My Generation's Woodstock

Chase Guttman | Posted 12.17.2011 | Home
Chase Guttman

Although this movement is just in its infancy, the photos in the slideshow below show what "democracy really looks like."

Why Declining Youth Political Participation Isn't a Bad Thing -- And What You Can Do

Chayma Boussayoud | Posted 12.17.2011 | Home
Chayma Boussayoud

Hopefully, this short list will motivate any teen or high school student out there to get started and become more active in their communities and in making a difference.

Teens Everywhere Can Take Action

Sofia Stafford | Posted 12.03.2011 | Home
Sofia Stafford

We each have a small section on a large canvas to paint, and, as teens and as human beings, it is hard for us to see more than our little square of the canvas. My experience at CGI showed me the WHOLE canvas.

Political Web 2.0?

Max Fraad Wolff | Posted 11.29.2011 | Technology
Max Fraad Wolff

From the Arab Spring through the OECD year of discontent, the web 2.0 generation is using social media to agitate against the status quo.

South Asia's Emerging Youth Leaders

Susannah Vila | Posted 11.16.2011 | Impact
Susannah Vila

In South Asian civil society, excitement is clearly in the air: combining that with skill and capacity building could be a winning combination.

REACH to Invest in the Lives of America's Foster Youth

Paul Heroux | Posted 11.08.2011 | Impact
Paul Heroux

Currently, there are about half a million children residing in foster care within the United States. There are approximately 300,000 young adults, ages 18 to 25, who have spent at least one year in foster care. This is reason for concern.

An Interfaith Generation Unwilling To Wait

Frank Fredericks | Posted 10.02.2011 | Religion
Frank Fredericks

The world is no longer the same as it was before the Arab Spring. Young people have demonstrated their potential to initiate change and profoundly impact world politics.

Actually, Guns Do Kill People

Dennis A. Henigan | Posted 09.26.2011 | Politics
Dennis A. Henigan

The staggering toll of young lives taken by a gunman at the Utoya youth camp reminds us all, once again, that guns are the enablers of mass killers.

Will Youth Unemployment Demonstrations Come to America?

Don Tapscott | Posted 08.23.2011 | Politics
Don Tapscott

Historically youth radicalize when disparities between expectations and reality persist. Young people need jobs in America, as is the case around the world, and we shouldn't wait for mass protests before taking serious action.

Spain's 15 Mayo Protests: What Will It Mean for U.S. Youth Election Year Activism?

Ellen Freudenheim | Posted 08.10.2011 | World
Ellen Freudenheim

Democracy in action is a beautiful thing to see. For the past few weeks, a colorful, makeshift camp erected by young Spanish protestors demanding gov...

See It, Save It: Birthright Earth

Tim Devane | Posted 05.30.2011 | Green
Tim Devane

There's no doubt that "green" is trending right now, on Twitter, on Facebook; its been bagged and tagged as cool. The problem remains because cool doesn't solve it.