“This world demands the qualities of youth: not a time of life but a state of mind, a temper of the will, a quality of imagination, a predominance of courage over timidity, of the appetite for adventure over the love of ease.” ― Robert Kennedy 

Young people across the nation and the world have, for decades, been change-makers. Champions of justice, equality, human rights, and the health of the planet, they have been a driving force, as well as leaders, of social change. This week we share resources for youth empowerment and meet a few of the young leaders determined to create a better future for us all.  

“Youth in Revolt: Five Powerful Movements Fueled by Young Activists” 

“Partnering with Young Leaders for Change,” from the American Bar Association 

“Eight Young Leaders on How They Want to Shape the Decade Ahead” 

“10 Young Racial Justice Activists You Should Know” 

United Nations Office of the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth 

Youth Empowerment Project 

“5 Reasons Young Leaders Will Change The World (And The Workplace)” 

Free Child Institute, Youth + Social Change 

“Meet the Young People Leading Us Forward” 

In Alabama: YouthServe Birmingham: Empowering Youth Leadership Through Community Service 

@Alabama Chanin 

Last week, we shared our stance on the racial inequality and unjust going on in our nation along with the work of the Equal Justice Initiative, and Anti-Racism Resources. Our founder, Natalie, wrote a personal essay about her school yearbook and lessons in desegregation growing up. As we search for inspirational women and men to help us find a voice and forge a path forward towards beauty and justice, look for more on our inspirations, heroines, and heroes on the Journal.  

Lead image caption: Three young women sing freedom songs as they march toward Montgomery, Alabama, in the Selma to Montgomery March of 1965. Photographer Charles MooreImage source: NPR 

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