I heard the raw emotion in the statement from a 15-year-old junior from a local high school. She was on a stage representing the passion and conviction of an awakening generation of young people who believe that the world can be changed.
Youth activism has soared in recent months as the scales have tipped. Teenagers are learning that their voices can be heard. This week, for example, Parkland survivor David Hogg called for the boycott of conservative talk show host Laura Ingraham by advertisers after she mocked his rejection from several colleges. 7 corporations responded within hours removing their financial support of Laura's show.
Young adults feel powerful today. Their savvy on social media gives them an equal voice that they know how to use. They are witty, united, and are quick on the uptake when it comes to learning about politics, legislation, public opinion, and the issues that need to be addressed.
They're learning about history and how youth have been on the forefront of many major revolutions, including the founding of America. That message has been empowering (thanks for the assist Hamilton) and I don't think this is a flash-in-the-pan moment.
What needs to happen to set up a generation for success? Whatever they do next they need education, support, platforms, guidance, and exposure to the realities of our world.
How can we give them more than a peek behind the curtain to nurture both passion and strategic plans in response to what's happening in their world?