6 Ways to Engage Youth in Social Change

By Matt Swenson, November 17, 2016

Young people have a vested interest and appreciate what’s at stake, specifically in social causes. If children are our future, the time is now is to find a way to encourage youth to get involved in the world. Here are a few ways to push youth toward social change and activism.

  1. Track progress. Young people want to know the difference they are making, notes the publication Nonprofit Hub. Information is power when keeping your base motivated.
  2. Ask for help. Make youth feel needed and they will take the call to action, says a study produced by No Kid Hungry, a national nonprofit organization.
  3. Take an interest. Direct a conversation to their interest, whether it’s skateboarding, video games or art, suggests org. Making a connection shows them different generations can share the same interests.
  4. Host an event. As an expert in planning events, use that talent to drum up interest in the cause you are working on, encourages Nonprofit Hub.
  5. Use the school day. No Kid Hungry reports youth are more likely to get involved in an activity during or after school rather than on the weekend.
  6. Don’t be anti-social. Virtually all studies reinforce the importance of reaching out on the right social media platform. That means using Snapchat as well as old standbys like Facebook and Twitter.
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