THE STUDENT ACTION ARCHIVE
An archive for youth to express their opinions about issues in their community, their experiences in activism, and the importance of making civic action accessible to students. A collection of stories about how students are making a difference in their communities. A display of the importance of including young voices in decision-making.
WHAT IS THE SAA?
The SAA is a collection of stories, opinions and experiences submitted by student activists worldwide. This compilation presents an opportunity for youth voices to be heard by a global audience and in turn, inspire others to make a difference in their community. By connecting youth, we hope to encourage readers to explore their own journey towards civic responsibility.
The SAA also seeks to highlight the importance of including youth voices in decision-making spaces globally. The final ebook will be shared with Youtheoria's global audience, like-minded organizations, and local/national governments to advocate for greater international student advocacy infrastructure. We strive to be a source of inspiration and connection for youth activists around the world, generating more youth-led initiatives, advocacy, and empowerment.
THE QUESTIONS WE'RE ASKING
SAA submissions should answer at least one of the following questions. We hope they will serve as a guide for students to express their passion for change making and the impact they had on their communities.
WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED FROM PARTICIPATING IN ADVOCACY/CHANGEMAKING?
HOW HAS IDENTITY IMPACTED YOUR EXPERIENCE IN CHANGEMAKING?
TELL US ABOUT A KEY MEMORY FROM ADVOCACY/CHANGEMAKING; WHAT DID IT MEAN TO YOU?
WHY SHOULD YOUTH BE INCLUDED IN DECISION-MAKING SPACES (GOVERNMENT, ORGANIZING, ETC)?
WRITE ABOUT AN ISSUE YOU CARE DEEPLY ABOUT
WHY DO YOU FIGHT FOR CHANGE?
HOW CAN CIVIC ACTION BE MADE MORE STUDENT-ACCESSIBLE?
HOW ACCESSIBLE IS ADVOCACY OR CHANGE MAKING TO STUDENTS IN YOUR COMMUNITY?
DISCUSS A CHANGE YOU’VE MADE THROUGH COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT.
HOW CAN YOUTH CHANGE THEIR COMMUNITIES?
WHAT IS YOUR PERSONAL DEFINITION OF "COMMUNITY?"
WHAT DOES THE YEAR 2021 LOOK LIKE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE AND YOUNG CHANGEMAKERS?
HOW TO GET INVOLVED
Is fighting for change on your agenda? Are you a young activist wanting your voice to be heard? Submit your essays, photos, artwork, stories or poems by February 27th to make your mark in this global initiative. Early submitters (deadline: February 8th) will have the chance to be part of multimedia representations of their work (podcasts, videos, etc).