The Black Girl Freedom Fund raised over $20 million last year, allowing teens to give grants to organizations prioritizing the safety and well-being of Black girls.
After speaking out on social media about racism at her former high school, Deborah Ode saw the Morristown-Beard School make changes to address racism and support its marginalized students.
“I realized that my voice does matter,” Deborah said, “I realized that when I do speak out, people will listen.”
Girl Power Politics is an organization that holds free events to get area girls interested in politics.
“Women and girls often feel like they’re not qualified enough to hold elected office. They don’t understand that no matter what their exposure or background is, whatever they bring to the table is an asset to that conversation.”
In order to make Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) safer for females and gender-expansive people, Reminie Chaidez and 99 other paid youth joined forces with Alliance for Girls to launch a campaign against gender-based violence in the country’s fifth largest transit system.
“Youth are the legacy of public transportation. We want other people to take this as an example and ask their local transit agencies to do the same.”
It took four days of late night calls, 20 social media messages and a passion for change to get 1,300 teens to show up at Katy Park for a Black Lives Matter rally last summer in Katy, Texas. The teen organizers—Erika Alvarez, Jeffrey Jin and Foye Dosunmu—don’t recommend this frenzied approach, but they do urge young people take action.
Here are four tips the teens have on organizing a teen protest.
AAPI teens started Dear Asian Youth and podcast Dear Asian Girl to cover issues related to the Asian American and Pacific Islander community.
Students in Kentucky are fighting back against unnecessary censorship in school publications.
“I don’t want administration to keep on interfering and scaring us into not writing things that we think need to be written about.”
After the school board told teachers not to wear “Black Lives Matter” shirts, Lucy McGary took matters into her own hands, advocating for the teachers who advocate for her, day in and day out.
In early 2020, when abortion gag rules began to arise in national courts, the Phan sisters, inspired by their own struggles in reproductive health, created Fort Bend Students United for Reproductive Freedom (SURF), a youth-led organization that facilitates civic engagement and sex ed in schools.
Inspired by Kamala Harris, the teen-led Homegirl Project is working to usher young women of color into the political arena.
“When you are a woman of color, a lot of your life and your experience is politicized. But we are really isolated when it comes to politics.
Learning from, working with, building with [each other], that is what really brings change.”