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The importance of youth activism can be found in the history of our country's most monumental environmental, political, and social justice movements. Today, we are inspired by the recent formation of prominent youth-led organizations that aim to address societal inequality, safety, political freedoms, and human-related environmental consequences. This collection of resources demonstrates the growing efforts of young Americans to take an active role in the country's--and their own--future. Consult this guide in order to start a movement and support others on the road to change.
Youth Environmental Activism
International Indigenous Youth Council (IIYC)
IIYC was formed during the 2016 uprising at Standing Rock, its principal objective is to protect water and other elements.
Our Children's Trust
An organization supporting youth in environmental activism.
This Is Zero Hour
A youth driven movement that promotes a clean and safe environment. March planned for July 21, 2018.
Youth Environmental Justice Alliance (YEJA)
"Develops low-income youth and youth of color leaders through political education, campaign organizing, and skill-building to address issues of Environmental Justice."
Youth v. Gov
A case brought by American youth against the federal government for the sake of the environment.
Youth Against Violence
National Youth Art Movement Against Gun Violence (NYAM)
A movement that encourages youth in communities that are prone to gun violence to communicate through self-expression.
Students Against Violence Everywhere
A youth organization made up of local chapters that focus on education, conflict management, and violence prevention.
A student movement driven by the pursuit of common sense gun reform and school safety.
A student-led group that advocates for gun reform, especially in vulnerable communities.
Youth Over Violence
A multicultural, community-led, youth-driven non-profit that works to prevent domestic, sexual, and interpersonal violence through hotlines, outreach, and leadership support.
Youth Political Activism
Alliance For Youth Action
A youth driven organization that promotes informed voting and voter registration.
An far-reaching organization with local chapters and a youth-centric message of inclusion, safety, and social justice.
March for Our Lives
Youth organization against gun violence, promoting the passage of gun safety legislation.
Student Public Interest Research Groups (PIRGS)
A collection of independent activist groups located in eight states that train and mobilize college students to solve major social issues.
What Kids Can Do
A national nonprofit supporting and emphasizing the importance of young people, especially those from societally marginalized groups.
Youth Activism Project
A youth-led project that takes action through various human rights campaigns; including global education for girls, food and water rights, sex trafficking, and gun violence.
Youth Activism Through Community Engagement
A collection of practical resources for youth activists, provided by the Youth Adult Library Services Association (YALSA).
Youth Participatory Politics Research Network
A MacArthur Foundation funded research network that investigates the impact of youth involvement in politics.
Washington State Resources for Youth Activism
Lillian Curanzy, MLIS Graduate Student
Contact Your Representatives
Search for your local reps, where they get their funding, voting history, and current legislation.
Official contact info, bibliographies, and histories.
Find and contact your local senators and U.S. representatives.
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