Aaaahhhh! I was so excited to see that this week is focused on the change we advocate and make based on our interests. It’s always especially inspiring when we see students taking action based off of an interest they have or a change they want to make in the world. I’ve included some resources below highlighting some youth stories I found impressive or deeply connected to. Since March is National Women’s Month, I’m making all of my finds about young women and their activism/change. This is my favorite Find Six Saturdays yet!
1. This young women was upset that her school didn’t supply adequate feminine products in her high school so she worked with a school club to make a change. Her change and calling out the stigma of menstruation caught the attention of a larger organization, who is now helping to supply underfunded high schools and shelters with feminine products. Read it here!
2. I couldn’t work on this resource list without including Emma Gonzales, whose interest in social justice became ignited when she watched her fellow classmates perish in the Parkland shooting. She turned the tragedy her school community faced into a call for gun reform and change.
3. Amaryianna Copeny wrote a letter to President Obama in 2006 when she was 8-years-old in which she referred to herself as “Little Miss Flint.” In the letter she asked if she could meet with him or the First Lady during an upcoming trip to Washington, D.C. to talk about the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. 13 years later, Copeny has continued her fight for clean water in Flint and has also become a youth ambassador for the Women’s March.
4. In 2015, 13 year old Marley Dias was an avid reader and book lover. She decided to spread her passion for reading by founding a book campaign. Dias is the founder of #1000blackgirlbooks, with the goal to collect and donate 1,000 books to her peers that featured black girls as the main characters.To date, she has collected more than 10,000 books and spoke alongside Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey at the United State of Women Summit in 2016. This past January, she released her own book, “Marley Dias Gets it Done: And So Can You! ” which features opening remarks and praise from Hillary Clinton, Ellen DeGeneres and filmmaker Ava DuVernay. Her work has also earned her a spot as the youngest person on Forbes’ 2018 30 under 30 list.
5. Two young sisters named Melati and Isabel were passionate about the environment and ways they could make change. At ages 10 & 12, the girls founded their own company called Bye,Bye Plastic Bags. Their goal was to spread awareness about reusable bags and to design fashionable reusable bags to better the environment.
6. Katie Eder was a young woman who loved being fit and speaking out for change. She combined her passions by becoming an executive director of 50 Miles More. Her activism is encouraging other young people to speak up. Inspired by the 54-mile Selma to Montgomery marches of the Civil Rights Movement, 50 Miles More began with a four-day, 50-mile march from Madison to Janesville, Wisconsin, the home of House Speaker Paul Ryan, who has blocked gun reform legislation time and time again.Eder’s mission is to make sure teens know that their voices are important and influential. She’s also a founding member of Future Coalition, which organized Walkout to Vote, the nationwide school walkout that encouraged young people to march to the polls on election day. Her activism dates to when she was 13 and founded Kids Tales, an initiative promoting creative writing among young people across the United States.
Lovely curation of work/action by youth by a @arcadiasoe #ED677 -er this week.