Youth Leaders in the News

'Biggest Case on the Planet' Pits Kids vs. Climate Change

posted Mar 21, 2017, 11:48 AM by L Williams

Picture of kids suing govt for climate change

Baring and Draheim so lack confidence that they will inherit a healthy planet that they are suing the United States government for failing to adequately protect the Earth from the effects of climate change.

Three Lincoln Park Girls Head To Women's March on Washington

posted Jan 19, 2017, 1:34 PM by L Williams   [ updated Jan 19, 2017, 1:43 PM ]

Three students from Francis W. Parker School in Lincoln Park, Priscilla Roman, Karoli Esparza and Chloe Wagner, tell You & Me why it's important to get involved in the Women's March and be a voice for the youth.

Chicago Youth Organize Delegation to Attend Women’s March on Washington

posted Jan 6, 2017, 2:15 PM by L Williams

January 3, 2017 (Chicago, IL) — As part of a national and statewide movement, the Women’s March on Washington – Illinois Youth Chapter will join thousands of other people in Washington D.C. on January 21st, the day after the inauguration of President-elect Trump, to stand in solidarity against the hateful rhetoric of this past election cycle.

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Black Lives Matter Protest

posted Dec 7, 2016, 12:22 PM by L Williams   [ updated Dec 7, 2016, 12:24 PM ]

Protesters wait Friday outside Chicago Public Schools headquarters, where Black Lives Matter Youth met with city officials and Marist's principal.

99 arrests in Ottawa as students confront Trudeau over pipelines

posted Oct 31, 2016, 12:51 PM by L Williams

Close to 100 students and youth were arrested on Parliament Hill today for their participation in what organizers describe as “the largest act of youth-led climate civil disobedience in Canadian history.”

"I came to Ottawa today to risk arrest, and ultimately to be arrested,” Gabriel D’Astous, a recent UBC graduate, explained to Ricochet by phone. “I want to send a message to the prime minister that he must have a climate policy which respects not only climate science, but Indigenous rights, and that means rejecting the Kinder Morgan pipeline.”

Racism, Xenophobia, and the Election

posted Oct 31, 2016, 12:47 PM by L Williams

As teachers and students return to classrooms this fall, together we have to try to make sense of a tumultuous presidential campaign and a summer of racial violence that have forcefully surfaced the racism that plagues our nation.

Elementary and middle school students have grown up with an African American as president of the United States. This is a historic milestone. But these same students have also grown up in a nation that’s increasingly unequal, a country where police killed more Black people in 2015 than were lynched during the worst year of Jim Crow.

Lindblom students detail their needs for a Schoolchild's Bill of Rights

posted Oct 31, 2016, 12:41 PM by L Williams   [ updated Oct 31, 2016, 12:42 PM ]

Every student deserves the excellent school experience that most American adults enjoyed.

As a former student of a Chicago suburban school district who has taught in the Chicago Public Schools for 13 years, I've seen firsthand the inequitable school system our nation has set up for our children. Illinois, in particular, has the highest funding gap in our nation in terms of how much we fund our wealthy students versus our poorest students.

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Flagstaff teen leads thousand-mile run to Standing Rock

posted Oct 31, 2016, 10:40 AM by L Williams   [ updated Oct 31, 2016, 10:43 AM ]

PHOENIX - Fifteen-year-old Riley Ortega, who is Navajo and Hopi, left Flagstaff on Friday and will run for one week to the Standing Rock Sioux Nation in a show of support for protestors standing their ground against the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Paraguay's Student Spring

posted Oct 18, 2016, 8:23 AM by L Williams

University students are making history in Paraguay in what is being dubbed La Primavera Estudiantil, or Student Spring. Over the last weeks, students and their allies mobilized one of the largest protest movements in the country’s history, demanding democratic reforms to the governance statutes of Paraguay’s largest public university, the National University of Asunción (UNA). Should they succeed, it would arguably mark the first time in the country’s modern history that major national reforms result from social movement pressure. Student protesters’ success in mobilizing mass support and sympathy both reveals important changes in Paraguayan politics and has potential to transform the country further still.


Chicago Teen To Address United Nations About Plight Of Black Girls

posted Oct 13, 2016, 11:40 AM by L Williams

SOUTH SHORE — Eva Lewis delivered a compelling message about empowering black girls at Millennium Park during a July rally, and now she will tell it to the world. The 17-year-old South Shore resident will appear at the United Nations International Day of the Girl event Tuesday in New York.

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