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Youth Activism

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.

What's Next?

Bob Walsh | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Bob Walsh

Youth voices are now echoing across Algeria, Yemen, Syria, Bahrain and Iran. We must now give them the tools they need in order to succeed in building a positive future for their respective countries and for us as a global society.

Generation Hot

Michael Brune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Michael Brune

Big Coal and Big Oil spent more than half a billion dollars lobbying and on political campaigns in the past two years. Now they're demanding a return on that investment and elected officials are too eager to comply.

The New Generation of Activists: How Social Workers from RISE are Restoring Social Justice to their Profession

Fernanda Diaz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Fernanda Diaz

The Social Work community looked within and instead of figuring out ways to get respect and validity from outside, they devised new ways to adapt their own behaviors.

Girl Power: Great Feminists You May Not Know (Because Some Are Still in High School!)

Lily Blau | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Lily Blau

When Shelby Knox was 15, she led a campaign in her hometown of Lubbock, Texas, against the town's federally funded abstinence-only education.

generationOn -- Empowering Kids to Better Their World

Michelle Nunn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Michelle Nunn

This past Saturday hundreds of young people joined together to launch generationOn, a global youth service movement that encourages all kids to discover their power and potential to solve real world problems through service.

Bioneers 2010: Million Kid March for Climate Action Announced

Ryan Van Lenning | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Ryan Van Lenning

Alec Loorz, founder of Kids vs. Global Warming, began his career as a climate change activist when he was 12 years old. You read that right, 12! That...