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The Renaissance of Student Activism

This recent article, published in May 2015, analyzes how youth in universities across the United States are taking action against injustices that they deem unacceptable, such as racism and discrimination on campus. Instead of waiting in the shadows and merely complaining, young people across the nation are starting to rise up and take a stand in what they believe in, encouraging other similar minded students to do the same in a form of public expression that they believe will make the biggest impact. This is important in that young people are the gateway to change and reform. It is through youth that movements start, revolutions begin, and policy-change is made.

Wong, Alia. “The Renaissance of Student Activism.” The Atlantic. 21 May 2015. Web. 8 October. 2015. <http://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2015/05/the-renaissance-of-student-activism/393749/>.

 

Ending rape on campus: Activism takes several forms

Can student activism actually make a change? Do young people really have any influence over those in power? This article explains, with several case examples, the impact college students have had towards making universities a safer environment. It describes in detailed accounts of young women and men who have risen up and campaigned to change policies at their schools that involve sexual abuse and harassment, some of whom are survivors of sexual harassment. These initiatives have inspired a youth-led movement for campus security and serves to demonstrate the impact of young people’s opinions and actions in the community.

Grinberg, Emanuella. “Ending rape on campus: Activism takes several forms.” CNN. 12 February 2014. Web. 8 October 2015. <http://www.cnn.com/2014/02/09/living/campus-sexual-violence-students-schools/>.

 

Tackling Informal Youth Labor in Latin America

With a large percentage of its youth population working in informal and substandard work environments, Latin American countries have started to take action based on the importance of providing better economic opportunities and improving the conditions of work for their youth. Young people have been subjected to poor working conditions, a lack of social security coverage, and minimal representation. The report explains that governments have begun to establish organizations and policies to ensure the security and safety of young people in the economic industry, a big change in the development of economies in the respective nations. More information regarding youth’s impact on economic issues around the world can be found in Chapter 2 of the 2016 WorldLink Reader.

Frayssinet, Fabiana. “Tackling Informal Youth Labor in Latin America.” Truthout. 24 July 2015. Web. 16 October 2015. <http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/32050-tackling-informal-youth-labor-in-latin-america>.

 

Young-Adult Voting: An Analysis of Presidential Elections, 1964-2012

This report documents what has been a disturbing reality in the United States for decades. Young people are becoming more apathetic to politics and choose not to show up to the voting booths or voice their opinions. The author leads the article by saying, “Voting is arguably the most important civic opportunity given to citizens in the United States.” So why aren’t young people fulfilling their duty? In order to create change and be well represented in the government and in policy, youth must use their power and influence at the polls. Throughout this article, the author not only refers to voting statistics from the middle of the 20th century, but also emphasizes the need for youth to express their voice in our current democracy.

File, Thom. “Young-Adult Voting: An Analysis of Presidential Elections, 1964–2012.” United States Census Bureau. April 2014. Web. 15 October 2014. <https://www.census.gov/prod/2014pubs/p20-573.pdf>.

 

Millennial PAC tries to inject youth, diversity into graying legislatures

This article, published in 2014, demonstrates how youth are playing an important role in politics and that their impact, although often hidden, can indeed be found. It elaborates on a political action committee started by two 25 year-olds aiming to support younger politicians, a concept that is often reserved for the wealthy or older upper class. The author suggests that a wide variety of youth are playing and will play a major role in the development of government ideas and politics to counter the long-standing views and policies of older government officials.

Frumin, Aliyah. “Millennial PAC tries to inject youth, diversity into graying legislatures.” MSNBC. 26 August 2014. Web. 8 October 2015. <http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/millennial-pac-tries-inject-youth-diversity-graying-legislatures>.

 

Building Effective Youth Councils: A Practical Guide to Engaging Youth in Policy Making

This guide on creating effective youth councils was produced as part of a forum aiming to “provide youth and adult leaders with the information, connections, and tools they need to create greater opportunities and outcomes for young people.” It explains the importance and usefulness of creating a youth council in order to encourage youth civic involvement. The authors present a six-step guide that details how to develop such an initiative, giving the reader helpful information on how to develop a youth council in their own community. The guide emphasizes that young people should be engaged global citizens and play an active role in advising and cooperating with well-known community leaders.

Martin, Shanetta, Karen Pittman, Thaddeus Ferber, and Ada McMahon. “Building Effective Youth Councils: A Practical Guide to Engaging Youth in Policy Making.” The Forum for Youth Investment. July 2007. Web. 15 October 2015. <http://forumfyi.org/files/Building%20Effective%20Youth%20Final.pdf>.

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