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How to be an Activist

Updated: Sep 24

Hello my friends! Have you ever thought about being an activist? You look at your community and you feel like you want to do more to help? Well, good news! Here is how you can get involved.



Educate Yourself

The most important aspect to begin activism is knowing your stuff. Always fact check everything and read, read, read. There are vast documentaries and books to learn the most of the cause you are passionate about. When the time comes for an educational debate, knowledge is powerful.


Volunteer

This is a great way to get involved in the community, and such a fulfilling way. You can donate your time to established activism groups who need help or engage in community services for things that matter to you. Helping other organizations, you will get a feel for what its like and learn more about yourself.


Fundrasiers

What’s that saying? Money makes the world go round? All jokes aside, money is a big factor in helping keep non profit organizations running. There are plenty of ways to do a fundraiser. Bake sales, Auctions, Comedy shows, Car washes, the list goes on.


Practice What You Preach

One of the most important out of all these methods, is doing what you are fighting for. Its like leading by example. Whatever you may be an advocate for, make sure you are living in accordance with your beliefs.


Protest

Last but not least, getting into the streets! Protesting is a great way to bring awareness to pressing issues on a large scale. Marching down the streets will grab people’s attention. It can be uplifting, empowering and quite the experience.


Involve the Press

We the people have a right to know what is going on. Bringing publicity amplifies the message and can impact a larger audience. This lets others know that your cause is important and needs more awareness. Invite a reporter to catch the story. Send out the message!




Sources


“10 Ways Youth Can Engage in Activism.” Anti-Defamation League, www.adl.org/education/resources/tools-and-strategies/10-ways-youth-can-engage-in-activism.


Mazzio, Jena. “So You Want to Be an Activist? 8 Ways to Get Involved in Causes You Care About.” One Green Planet, One Green Planet, 20 July 2014, www.onegreenplanet.org/animalsandnature/how-to-get-involved-in-causes-you-care-about/.





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