Promote Teen Activism
Teen activists have the power to improve lives. Every school-age teen knows someone affected by "extracurricular" pressures, such as domestic violence, gun violence, racism, drug and alcohol substance abuse, sexually transmitted diseases, child abuse, or environmental damage.
There is significant need and opportunity for students to help each other through activism at school. A little guidance from an adult (acting as a catalyst and sounding-board) can go a long way.
Teen activists that work proactively to improve their communities learn to respect others, have a better understanding of good citizenship, and develop leadership skills. Student activists that volunteer just one hour a week are 50% less likely to abuse drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, or engage in destructive behavior. They are more likely to do well in school, graduate, vote, and be philanthropic. In fact, making a difference while they're young can lead to a lifetime of service. Teens that volunteer are three times more likely to volunteer as adults.
Whether teen activists want to warn others about the dangers of drug abuse or encourage environmental conservation, teenagers can have a real impact in their community.
You can help give teen activists a voice by friendly and relaxed coaching. Introduce teen activism ideas to a student in your family, or to other students you know well. Encourage them to "do something" about the issues they care about. Then watch (don't push) to see if the student feels enough motivation to successfully advocate for their cause.
I Did This!
Share teen activism ideas with a student you know well and coach him or her to spread the word at their local high school.
Remember to let the teen be in charge of the activism project. With your friendly suggestions and advice, a young person can have the satisfaction of making a real difference in their community.
Make a Difference
animal welfare helping children community development environmental protection health & safety poverty & homelessness