Since the election last November, grassroots efforts to #resist have exploded nationwide.  New groups are forming daily and individuals are turning out in record numbers to support causes across the spectrum of social, political, and economic causes.  As seasoned activists take to the streets, they are joined in equal number by first-timers, many of whom are years from being able to vote themselves.  The youngest of these accompany their parents, while teens and young adults often rally with school, college or community groups.  Wherever they come from, the future of the causes we are fighting so hard for, lies in their hands.  

Young Activists – In Their Own Words

In this post by Michael Baick, we are introduced to the Massachusetts High School Democrats.  “We use iPhone apps to record data from our canvases, we go from door to door with speed and stamina, and in the summer we have a lot of spare time on our hands. Furthermore, It’s hard to slam a door on a fresh-faced kid, and it’s even harder to ignore one who demonstrates a critical understanding of the issues. High school students are a vast and largely untapped resource. The question, then, is how political campaigns and progressive causes can get them involved.” Continue Reading…

High School Essay Contest

State Senator Eric Lesser announced an essay contest for high school students in an effort to promote and engage youth in the civic process.  The 300-500 word essay, which is due by April 21st, needs to describe a community issue and an idea to fix it.   Details can be found here: http://senatorlesser.com/2017/03/senator-lesser-announces-high-school-essay-contest/

Publications

Youth Activists Toolkit

https://www.advocatesforyouth.org/storage/advfy/documents/Activist_Toolkit/activisttoolkit.pdf

 

Youth! The 26% Solution http://youthactivismproject.org/26PercentSolution/Youth26Solution2008-Web.pdf

 

10 Ways Youth Can Engage in Activism

https://www.adl.org/education/resources/tools-and-strategies/10-ways-youth-can-engage-in-activism

 

Putting the ‘active’ in activism: How to get kids to step up and get involved.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/20/health/activism-children-getting-involved-parenting/

 

Five Tips for Teaching Kids about Politics

https://www.care.com/c/stories/3449/five-tips-for-teaching-kids-about-politics/

 

Websites for Youth Activism

The FreeChild Project  www.freechild.org

 

Youth Activists – Youth Allies http://www.yayanetwork.org

 

UNICEF Youth    http://www.unicefyouth.com/

 

UMASS Based Groups

Western Mass Young Democrats https://www.facebook.com/WMassYD/

UMass Democrats https://www.facebook.com/UMassDemocrats/ as well as Democratic clubs throughout pioneer valley colleges. 

UMass Progressives https://www.facebook.com/umassprogressives

UMass Coalition to Resist Trump’s Policies https://www.facebook.com/groups/umassresists/

Center for Education Policy and Advocacy at UMass https://www.facebook.com/CenterforEducationPolicyAdvocacy/

UMass Amherst Climateers (https://www.facebook.com/groups/umassclimateers/)

Outfit Your Young Activist

Strong Women: Be Them, Know Them, Raise Them – Kids’ T and Onsie https://www.humanunlimited.com/collections/strong-kids

 

I Know My Rights – Kids’ T

https://expressiontees.com/products/i-know-my-rights-civil-disobedience-kids-t-shirt?variant=31879827718

 

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