Youth Activism Project campaigns are fully youth-led. Youth Activism Project provides support and resources, such as providing background information on the bills, coaching students on public speaking, bouncing around ideas, and providing space for debriefing and celebration. But in the end, our youth leaders call the shots. They decide on the problem they want to solve and what actions to take.
Where our teams are located
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Youth up health! (Silver spring, md)
Youth Up Health! (YUH!) is a campaign founded by students at John F. Kennedy High School in Silver Spring, Maryland. Their most recent campaign is to get filtered water bottle refill stations near the cafeteria, the gym, and other key locations. YUH! conducted a survey of 200 students and staff, investigated the popularity of refill stations at other high schools, compared different products, and examined the environmental footprint of bottled water. Their five-page proposal that they shared in a June 5th meeting with school administration (pictured above) spells out a clear demand:
Our group members have learned that filtered refill stations are becoming standard and are valued equally by students and faculty. This mutually beneficial proposition will allow our entire school to enjoy cold, clean, filtered water which shouldn't be a privilege, but a right.”
Victory! The school system listened to YUH! and two refill stations are installed and two more are on order.
Last year, this group focused on access to healthy food and drinks. They contacted all members of the Montgomery County Council repeatedly asking for their support for the Healthy Vending Act. Despite opposition by the beverage and snack food lobbyists, their testimony helped passed this ordinance, which now requires vending machines at libraries, rec centers, and other government buildings to offer 50% fewer unhealthy drinks and snacks.
Now YUH is developing its campaign to strengthen mental health services.
archnova mental health campaign (Issaquah, WA)
This mission of the Archnova Mental Health Campaign is to create "simple yet in depth solutions to aid students’ mental health through implementing mental health programs in schools." This team has interviewed students and staff, completed a survey, produced a video and now is working with their state legislator on a bill to strengthen access to mental health services across the state. According to 16-year-old Seika Brown, the founder of Archnova:
I know my generation. They are dedicated individuals who want to make a difference. But it’s hard because we’re kids, and people don’t take us seriously..but YAP has given me and my friends the opportunity to do things, to get up and make a change.
Discrimination busters (Chelsea, mA)
The goal of Discrimination Busters is to "work together as a community to shorten the separation between police officers and the people within the community." In the above photo, the team is meeting with a community police officer to brainstorm solutions to improve relations between young people and cops. They have also arranged a tour of the police station to get more opinions.
holliston hub (holliston, mA)
Holliston Hub is a proposed community center where teens in the area can hang out and find a supportive community. “All we do is drive around in our cars,” says one of the team leads. Working with the Youth & Family Services, this team surveyed over 100 community members about the need for such a community center. Check out the results of their survey here!