Most big changes take years–often decades–to gain the necessary support to win over the public and politicians. Since 2005, the San Francisco Youth Commission has been advocating to extend voting rights to those younger than age 18. In May 2017, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors heard dozens of youth testify on a charter amendmentContinue reading Key Arguments for Expanding Voting Rights
Think about the proliferation of polling data about half the world’s population under the age of 30 and declarations resulting from youth summits such as the 2015 UN Major Group for Children & Youth. A compilation in a new report by the Center for Strategic and International Studies outlines 10 priorities and clear demands. This analysis packs evenContinue reading Global Glimpse: What Youth Want!
Looking for a way to introduce policy advocacy to young people who know they are rarely taken seriously by the powers-that-be? This fast-paced workshop resulted in high participation with 50 middle school students, and the second session generated even more discussion. Of course, this advocacy 101 workshop can be customized to concentrate on specific issuesContinue reading 30-Minute Intro to Policy Advocacy
The new report by the Funders’ Collaborative on Youth Organizing signals hope. This FCYO 2013 National Scan of nearly 100 organizations in low-income communities of color reveals an expanding leadership pipeline and significant victories by young activists. Here are some important findings. Emphasis has shifted to young people and adults building power together instead of independent youth-led movements, notablyContinue reading Questioning Age Segregation