Join 2016’s “Can’t Be Stopped” Campaign
MindShift, a leading event planning platform for teens, has called for teens across the country to make a vow of social accountability, part of its fourth annual National Teens Can Make a Difference campaign, presented by Plan International USA.
The “Make a Change” pledge, with entries due by June 1, asks teens to commit to working on the social problems affecting teens throughout the world, including bullying, HIV/AIDS, climate change, poverty, human trafficking, sexual violence, pollution, and more.
GIRLS CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE
When it comes to helping make a difference, girls can definitely make a positive impact, according to MindShift co-founder Stella Wan.
“Many girls have diverse ideas about social change,” Wan said. “Girls can make a huge difference – but girls also have to speak up about the most pervasive problems and challenge themselves to see what they can do about them.”
Why is working on the issues of violence against women, especially, important to girls?
“Until we have more opportunities for girls to develop more independent career paths, including being the power behind the power, violence against women will continue to be an issue that young women will need to work through in their lives,” said MindShift founder Paula Collman.
By working through issues related to violence against women, girls can reduce their chances of being victimized by others, and their abilities to find their own self-confidence in challenges to society.
Girls can become the biggest change-makers by working with all of their friends, learning from each other, and learning to advocate for greater change.
“I can make a difference by helping other girls be their authentic selves, and to see that their self-confidence and success are important,” said MindShift participant Charlotte Wheeler, a seventh grader at KIPP Academy Newark School in Newark, New Jersey.
The campaign works with students, teachers, and administrators to ensure the participants all learn about and actively participate in their educational choices, including the different partnerships they can join to make a difference.
“I like participating in NCTVAG because it gives me the opportunity to get involved in something that can impact our own communities,” said MindShift participant Sumika Alton, a sixth grader at KIPP Academy Newark School in Newark, New Jersey.
“I think girls can make a difference. We all have something to give.”
The global campaign of all teens, under the theme, “Social Justice, Cleaner Schools, More Chops!” has provided 500 schools with education and skills in global citizenship, which MindShift is celebrating on International Women’s Day 2016 on Friday, March 8.
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