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.”
With over 100 BIPOC youth spanning eight countries and 10 U.S. states, youth collective The Nonstandard Project unites teen activists through pan-racial solidarity and community care.
After a summer where the U.S. confronted systemic racism, a flood of promises regarding justice came from state governments. This set the stage for Kadija Ismail and Kimberly Boateng, two young Black teens, to finally have their school renamed in honor of activist and Representative John R. Lewis, in a state with the second most Confederate-named schools in the U.S.
These six young period activists take on school administrators and state legislators in their fight for menstrual equality. Here are some lessons they’ve learned in the field.
This November, young people have the power to change the face of the U.S. electorate: Some 24 million Generation Z teens will have the opportunity to cast ballots.
In 2019, an anti-abortion bill proposed in Missouri was temporarily blocked because of a 17-year-old’s successful protest.
“When you look at the fact that bans aren’t actually preventing abortions, I can’t see a reason to pass these laws,” Gage said.
As a fifth grader, Marley Dias told her parents none of the characters in the books she reads in school look like her.
Five years later, Dias’ campaign, #1000BlackGirlBooks, has filled school libraries and curriculums with more than 12,000 books that feature Black girls as the main character.
“I was sick of reading about white boys and their dog.”
Ryan Pascal, 18, has an ambitious goal of registering 100,000 voters, ages 18-29, by November.
Her voter registration work has one main goal: support Black and brown Americans whose votes are being suppressed.