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Youth Activism

Who Is Kony?

Noah Fitzgerel | Posted 05.07.2012 | Teen
Noah Fitzgerel

Joseph Kony, the leader of the Ugandan Lord's Resistance Army, has managed to systematically terrorize and manipulate central Africans in order to stay in power for 26 years.

Ice Cream, Pi, and Global Youth Service Day

Simone Bernstein | Posted 04.16.2012 | Home
Simone Bernstein

Youth around the world can and do make a positive impact through volunteer service. Global Youth Service Day is a day to celebrate the fact that you are never too young to start volunteering.

Souper Bowl Of Caring

Eliot Daley | Posted 04.06.2012 | Religion
Eliot Daley

Super Bowl Sunday is a day that is full of energy, and let's see if we can harness some of that energy to help these people who are without a bowl of soup to eat.

Teen Impact: Runner-Up #3

Ford Noble | Posted 04.02.2012 | Home
Ford Noble

I know that I do not have the power to remedy every problem in Africa, but I do know that I have the desire to try and that inspiration is contagious.

Teen Impact: Runner-Up #4

Jen Rubino | Posted 04.01.2012 | Home
Jen Rubino

Cards for Hospitalized Kids began with a simple dream of giving hope and joy to ill children, but it has turned into a nationwide organization that has given handmade cards to more than 4,500 kids.

Teen Impact: Runner-Up #5

Caitlin Hird | Posted 03.31.2012 | Home
Caitlin Hird

After coming face-to-face with one community's lack of access to a vaccine that I had taken for granted, I decided to try to make a difference with respect to the imbalance between "haves" and "have-nots."

Teen Impact: Finalist #8

Lauren E. Howard | Posted 03.26.2012 | Home
Lauren E. Howard

With the help of Africa Bags, seven Malawian villages have transformed into independently flourishing communities. Africa Bags doesn't just raise money and send it over; we teach the villagers a trade they can utilize by themselves to support their families.

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.