Youth Activism and Intergenerational Work

Youth Activism has always been critical in achieving social change. Today’s youth are demanding that campaigns and movements be intersectional. Youth of color, especially, can easily connect the dots between the school-to-prison pipeline, the need for good jobs, and how environmental policies affect everyday realities for communities of color.

As digital natives, youth creatively leverage social platforms to reach broad online audiences. Some of the most powerful examples of youth activism in the recent decade include: leading criminal justice policy change in the aftermath of the murders of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown, marches against gun violence in the aftermath of the shooting in Parkland, Florida, ending family separation policies, and rallying against climate change.

The resources below include some of the most effective youth-led organizing efforts, from [...]

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“Solidarity is not a matter of altruism. Solidarity comes from the inability to tolerate the affront to our own integrity of passive or active collaboration in the oppression of others, and from the deep recognition that, like it or not, our liberation is bound up with that of every other being on the planet, and that politically, spiritually, in our heart of hearts we know anything else is unaffordable.”

~ Aurora Levins Morales, Writer and Artist


The Black Freedom Movement Then and Now: Organizing Traditions – Highlander Research and Education Center

Also in this section:
  • Addressing Trauma and Healing

  • Caucus and Affinity Groups

  • Community Organizing

  • Hate Crimes Prevention and Response

  • Narrative Change

  • Racial Reconciliation

  • Advocacy

  • Community Building

  • Conflict Transformation and Restorative Justice

  • Leadership Development

  • Organizational Change Process

  • Training and Popular Education

  • Arts and Culture

  • Community Engagement

  • Dialogue and Deliberation

  • Multicultural Competency

  • Policy and Legislative Change



Caucusing (Affinity Groups)

Implicit Bias


Multicultural Competency


Racial Healing

Racial Reconciliation

Restorative Justice

White Supremacy Culture

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