Tips to Help Students Pursue Activism

Young adults are fueling change around the nation. Most recently, they’ve dominated conversations on gun control, climate change, sexual assault, and immigration rights. If your students want to use their voices to make an impact in their communities, you can offer these tips to help them get started.

Find Your Passion
The first step toward effecting positive change is identifying issues important to you. Find inspiration in personal experiences, local and national conversations, and trending social media movements. Pinpoint one or two topics you are passionate about and commit to leading the change you want to see.

Stay Informed
Advocating for social change starts with knowing the facts. Conduct research on the political and social history of the issue and use reliable news sources to stay up to date and informed. You don’t need to know everything about a topic to be an advocate. Strive to understand more about the issue.

Create Goals and Develop a Strategy
Creating a list of short- and long-term goals will help you organize and develop a detailed action plan. For example, if your objective is to hold a panel discussion on homelessness, you will need to devise a strategy to first raise awareness about the cause.

Take Action
Constant, positive, everyday actions are a fundamental part of creating sustainable change. You don’t have to lead a national protest to stand up for a cause you believe in. Dedicate your time to small forms of activism, such as the following: