June Theme: Youth Rights & Youth Movements
Let’s talk about youth rights & youth-led movements! Youth rights are an aspect of how youth (generally defined as young adults and can range from ages 12-25) are treated in a society. Other aspects include how youth are treated by adults and how much youth are allowed to participate in society.
Although some adults brush off youth-led movements as something new, youth rights’ movements have existed since 1930s. Youth movements have influenced the civil rights movements and the opposition to the Vietnam War, for example.
Current youth movements fight for “adult” issues that affect everyone, working on issues such as the voting age, climate change, racism, sexism, ableism, and anti-LGBTQ discrimination.
Want to talk about youth rights, but not sure where to start?
Here are some ideas:
- Create a Bill of Rights for youth
- Explore the work of youth trying to lower the voting age to 16 and share your thoughts
- Share a time when you felt like you were treated unfairly because of your age
- Examine stereotypes of youth in TV/news/media
- Share a right you believe youth deserve but currently do not have
- Analyze what it means when young people can be tried in criminal trials as adults, but do not have adult rights (check out movements like #NoKidsinPrison)
- Explore how adults can support youth
- Feature a youth-led movement
- Interview or feature a youth leader
- Make a playlist
- Analyze a TV show, movie, or other piece of pop culture
- Something else entirely! The sky’s the limit- we love to hear and share all kinds of ideas.
We invite you to share articles, interviews, listicles, personal essays, art, poetry, photography, playlists, music- whatever format helps you share your thoughts.
Please send your submission, along with a short, 1-2 sentence bio, and a photo (optional) to hello at missheardmedia dot com!