Be Inspired Raise Your Hands, Your Voice Mat­ters Jea­nine De­Honey

DREAM TEEN Magazine - - Content - by Jea­nine De­Honey June 12, 2015 DREAM TEEN Mag­a­zine

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.

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