Be Inspired Raise Your Hands, Your Voice Matters Jeanine DeHoney
This year, you most likely have had endless responsibilities as you set goals and chased your dreams. In the midst of it, I’m sure you couldn’t help but tune into what was happening in the world, both globally and especially in urban communities all around the country.
I’m sure there were moments when you were so consumed by the issues about social injustice, famine, poverty, racism, etc., that were being constantly flashed on television and discussed at family gatherings, that a dark cloud hovered over you in spite of the great things going on in your life.
But that dark cloud can dissipate through your actions and your power filled words. This Spring/Summer, raise your hands and let your voice be heard. No matter how young you are, your voice and your humane deeds count. You can indeed make a difference in this world and in your community.
We all stand on the shoulders of our ancestors; men and women who worked untiringly and sacrificed much so that we can have the freedom afforded to us today. Knowing this should not only cause you to celebrate them but to proudly carry the torch they passed on to you. Take a moment to consider that and make a vow to get involved; to start a movement that counters some of the injustices in the world. Start small if you must but just start. Here are some ways how.
1 . Read the words of Humanitarians, people who fought for civil rights, women’s rights, etc. and imprint them in your heart and soul. People like Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks, Nelson Mandela and Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani school girl who defied threats of the Taliban to campaign for the right to education and survived being shot by the Taliban. She has become a global advocate for human rights, women’s rights and the right to education.
2 . Start or sign a petition. Petitions are an empowering way to take a stand and spark change.
3 . Write a blog post. A blog post can help you co communicate your ideologies about social injustices to ot others.
4 . Get your peers on board with a cause. Use so social media to get your peers in interested in a cause and to di discuss advocacy strategies.
5 . Find organizations you can join such as the Youth association of the NAACP, that will engage you in civil rights and civil libertie ties, social injustices and other issues you can advocate for.
6 . Be a role model for others. Exhibit your str strength and determination ev even in the face of challenges so others can follow suit.
7 . Share! Share your time, talent, energy and wisdom with someone else.
8 . Think of ways you can fundraise for a cause. Try selling T-shirts with an inspiring saying, having a car wash, etc.
9 . Pick a local elected official whose ideas you be believe in and volunteer to be a part of his or her campaign.
10. Start at home by organizing a canned food drive, cle cleaning up a playground with your neighbors, donating clothes, books, and toys to th those who are less fortunate in yo your neighborhood. Become mentor a to other young girls or boys at your neighborhood co community center.
Remember you have more influencein than you think. So raisera your hands because your life and the lives of other’s count, and your voice matters.