Advocacy

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Speak up. Reach out. Look forward. You have the power to use your voice and experiences to advocate for change. Here you will find resources that can help you learn how to advocate for yourself personally and work toward positive change locally or on a national level. You can also hear stories from other youth who have used their stories, skills, and passion to make a difference.

Communities

Youth Service America engages children and youth in community service and encourages young people to participate in solving social and environmental challenges. This community provides updates on... Read more »

Contests

Can you picture a world where we can all coexist peacefully? How would this look? What would it take? Show your ideas in the form of art, and your work can be displayed at The International... Read more »

Publications

Join the conversation about how you and people in your community can work together to improve the lives of youth.

Tools & Guides

 This document helps foster youth, and other young people, learn how to effectively and safely share their stories.

Videos & Podcasts

The National Clearinghouse on Families and Youth (NFCY) asks youth workers to discuss the impact they have had on the lives of youth. Linda Mascarenas of Family and Youth Services in Stockton, CA... Read more »

This podcast from the National Clearinghouse on Families and Youth features Forrest Vest, a formerly homeless youth, as he discusses how he is working with a family friend to start a new... Read more »

This video includes the highlights from the week-long 2012 National Intertribal Youth Summit (NIYS), held in Santa Fe, New Mexico. This event was attended by more than 160 youth representing... Read more »

Websites

Have you started an innovative initiative you want to share with the world? Post your initiative here and see what others around the world are doing.

The problems of the world won’t solve themselves. Find out how you can promote change in a variety of areas, including peace and conflict, health, and education. 

Profiled on Disability.gov’s blog, Leah Katz-Hernandez advocates for youth with disabilities through her blog, “The Deaf Perspective,” and her work as the 2011 HSC Foundation Youth Transitions... Read more »

If you're over 18, use this site to register to vote and voice your opinion in national and local elections.

Youth Voices

“Don’t give up to the streets. Don’t give up to drugs. Go to school and do good and everything else will come to you. Take advantage of all the opportunities given to you.”

“Being an advocate for teen pregnancy prevention is an important part of my life. I have grown as an individual and I have been able to affect many people.”

"The word “disability” is not in the athletes' minds at all. We don’t see it as a disability. For myself, I see it as a unique ability."

"I’ve learned to feel comfortable with who I am, and to speak up not only for myself, but for others. "

"I was inspired to pursue advocacy work because there are so many youth who just need the tools to succeed."

"I was inspired to create MY LIFE...because there was really a lack of places that youth could share their voice, and make a positive difference in their lives and in the community."

“Being part of this youth board turned my anger for the foster care system into passion. I had a story but my peers did, too. It became less about me and more about a group of youth who many... Read more »

Amy

"My internship was a life-changing experience. We invited members of Congress to come and listen to what we had to say and hear our recommendations for how to improve foster care through lawmaking... Read more »

"I am able to lead by example so that other people see that this is what foster youth could be and that foster youth are able to make it through the system being resilient."