Using the power of their own organization to tackle major local and national issues
that they feel will
help make change.

High school junior, Molly Madden in Helena, Montana, shaved her head ("to combat stereotypes") and formed Youth for Unity, a loose totally student-run middle and high school group to fight bigotry. Among their programs: "Diversity Week" at the high school to introduce ideas and speakers not always available to youth in Montana. The result: a broad base of youth is learning about others different than themselves by using their three steps to advocacy - awareness, decision-making and activism.

Check out Molly's full story in TEEN POWER POLITICS MAKE YOURSELF HEARD and
these youth leadership training groups:
Mountain States Network Against Bigotry (Molly attended!)
4-H Youth Development

See the website put together by two teenagers to cut through
media messages about alcohol:

Just Think
Check out The Center for Media Literacy
"The Commercialization of Children's Public Television"

Think the media's been portraying your interests unfairly? Check in also at
Unity: Journalists of Color
Asian American Journalist Association
National Youth Advocacy Coalition
For young gay, lesbian or transgender issues
Independent Media Center
A front-line reporting group with first person stories from the new protest movement.
You too can file a story but use media literacy skills.
Their list of allies
Election and Candidate information at Project VoteSmart