WE Youth Action
Start a WE Youth Action group and register as a Partner of WE! Your actions and participation are essential for WE to carry out goals for social change.We.net will support your WE Youth Action group through specific ideas and tangible models for producing successful projects that allow you to take action right away.
Our world policy makers will be affected by the effect of the dynamic energy and action that the WE Campaign produces. WE S.A. is critical to success of WE. Will you participate?
- Go to WE Youth Action registration form to sign up your school/university group
- Determine a focus of interest related to WE Action Campaign themes
- Create a WE project or action to contribute to the global WE effect
- Share your actions on and post your actions on WE.net - WE Forum
- Get involved with a WE Partner organization project or event (see Global Unity Calendar)
Your actions and events publicized on WE.net will inspire other students to join and get involved in this important action campaign to ensure sustainability, social justice and a culture of peace.
Our collective future depends on this shift in consciousness from “I” to “WE” and the transformation to a lifestyle of new activism!
Here are the featured student initiatives that WE will be promoting:
International Day of Peace—Established by the United Nations in 1981, this is a day to celebrate peace worldwide. Events take place all across the globe, and you can find an event in your area by going to http://internationaldayofpeace.org/participate/find_an_event.html
Roots and Shoots Peace Dove Project—Roots and Shoots, which is associated with the Jane Goodall Institute, enables youth to tackle issues that involve their communities, animals, and the environment. The Peace Dove project calls on young people to create giant peace doves, and all groups fly their doves on the weekend closest to the International Day of Peace (this year the doves will be flown on September 19). Go to http://www.rootsandshoots.org/campaigns/dove to learn more.
Enough Project’s Raise Hope for Congo campaign—Enough is an organization in Washington that publishes research reports on human rights abuses and launches activism campaigns. The Raise Hope for Congo campaign focuses on ending the trade in conflict minerals in the Democratic Republic of Congo. This effort encourages the public to put pressure on technology companies to stop making their products with minerals mined in conflict zones. Youths are also encouraged to pressure their colleges to have conflict-free electronics. Go to www.raisehopeforcongo.org
The U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development’s Inspired Futures Campaign—This campaign’s goal is to create a generation of young leaders who will transform their communities and the nation by creating local economies based on the principles of sustainability and social justice. Components of the campaign include leadership development, youth travel to conferences, and collaboration among education, government, and business. Go to http://usp.umfglobal.org/main/show_passage/27
Nigerian Youth Climate Coalition—This group of young activists is committed to curbing climate change in Nigeria. Its members recently attended the World Bank Nigeria Youth Forum, whose goal is to ensure greater youth input in the World Bank’s activities in Nigeria. In April, this climate coalition received the opportunity to implement an 8th-Month Climate Change Youth Communication Projects that will involve collaboration among youth organization to amplify the youth voice in sustainable development in Nigeria. Go to http://nigerianyouthclimatecoalition.ning.com/
350.org—This organization, led by environmentalist and author Bill McKibben, is building a worldwide movement committed to climate change. It designs days of action meant to urge people all over the world to join together in support of global action on climate change. Its upcoming day of action is the October 10 “Work Day.” The idea of this work day is show world leaders that since we are doing our work, then they should get working to curb global climate change.
STAND: A Youth Anti-Genocide Coalition--the youth-led division of the Genocide Intervention Network, which operates with the ultimate goal of creating a world in which civilians are protected from genocide. To accomplish this, STAND works to empower youths with the tools to fuel the movement prevent and stop genocide. STAND organizes youths by providing materials and training to generate effective education and advocacy, while allowing plenty of room for youths to make and undertake their own creative projects in the name of genocide prevention. Take action now at http://www.standnow.org/
Global Youth Action Network/TakingITGlobal--The Global Youth Action Network is a program that is part of TakingITGlobal, a collaborative learning community which provides youth ages 13-30 with access to global opportunities and connections through both an online community and education programs geared towards middle and high school youths. The Global Youth Action network was founded by 20 young people from 12 different countries in order to encourage collaboration among youth movements and maximize the impact of youth activism. The two merged in 2001, and TakingITGlobal has since become the most active website for young social leaders with over 200,000 members in over 200 countries and territories. Join in the network at http://www.tigweb.org/
Peace Jam--founded with the idea that youth violence can be stopped by uniting youth and Nobel Peace Laureates, allowing for the exchange of non-violent ideas. Peace Jam operates on a pyramid of three ideas: education, inspiration, and action. Educational programs are available for youth ages 5-29 focusing on the lives of Nobel Peace Laureates. Inspiration comes with attending conferences where youths can meet Nobel Peace Laureates and other young people working towards similar goals of peace in their own communities. Lastly, youth are called upon to participate in Peace Jam’s Global Call to Action, a campaign created with the attempt to create and track one billion projects addressing some of the most important issues facing the world today. To learn more, visit http://peacejam.org/
Darfur Dream Team Sister Schools Project--When Tracy McGrady of the Houston Rockets visited refugee camps in eastern Chad, he listened to the harrowing stories of young Darfuris who longed for access to quality education. Upon returning home, McGrady and the Enough Project created the Darfur Dream Team's Sister Schools program, linking American middle schools, high schools, colleges, and universities with schools in the Darfuri refugee camps.To connect your classroom, check out http://www.darfurdreamteam.org/