10 Ways Youth Can Engage in Activism


Our country has a long history of youth-led movements that brought about significant social change. Young people have advocated for child labor laws, voting rights, civil rights, school desegregation, immigration reform and LGBTQ rights. Through their actions, the world has changed. Because young people often have the desire, energy and idealism to do something about the injustice they see in the world, they are powerful agents for change. Additionally, those not young enough to vote might feel powerless to effect change when there are many ways to get involved and work towards improving the community and world around them.

This list by the ADL provides pathways for civic involvement that can be acted upon individually, organized together as a group and young people can join with a larger effort that is taking place locally or nationally.



  • Congregational Learning
  • After School and Beyond
  • Day Schools and Yeshivas
  • Teen Engagement
  • Camp