Youth-Led Social Activism

Publication; of Athens.
Edited by Katerina Nakou
Info from “The Free Child Project”


«Ποτέ μην αμφιβάλλετε ότι μια μικρή ομάδα από σκεπτόμενους, αφοσιωμένους ανθρώπους μπορεί να αλλάξει τον κόσμο. Στην πραγματικότητα, μόνο έτσι αλλάζει»


Μάργκαρετ Μιντ (Ανθρωπολόγος)


“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead (American cultural anthropologist)


 The Freechild Project has found that young people across the nation are leading their communities in activism for social change.



Websites, organizations and publications share the power and purpose of youth-led social activism. There are several types of resources listed, including organizations, databases, publications, and other resources. These are all progressive youth-led or youth-focused activism organizations, websites, and resources that conduct or promote youth activism for broad social justice.







Youth Action Net The stories of young people from around the world who are fighting for social justice, opportunity, and equality in their cities and nations, and globally.

What Kids Can Do This popular website features voices and work from the next generation in news stories from across the US, highlighting the ability of students to plan, deliver, and learn from serving their communities. Includes an extensive link collection and online publications.


Youth Activist Project Youth advocate Wendy Lesko has collected dozens of success stories from youth activists across the nation. The stories focus on dozens of different issues. Examples of powerful youth activism from around the world, particularly focused on anti-globalization and racism.


TakingITGlobal TakingITGlobal (TIG) is an international organization, led by youth, empowered by technology. TIG brings together young people in more than 190 countries within international networks to collaborate on concrete projects addressing global problems and creating positive change.


Idealist – Organizations Started by Kids & Teens Organizations around the world that were started and are run by young people.




Freechild Reading List on Social Change


Freechild Reading List on Tools for Youth Activism



Other Resources:


The Rosenberg Fund for Children Established to
 provide for the educational and emotional needs of children whose parents   have suffered because of their progressive activities and who, therefore are   no longer able to provide fully for their children. The RFC also provides   grants for the educational and emotional needs of targeted activist youth.


Funders Collaborative on Youth Organizing Foundations   that specifically support youth activism, particularly focusing on the U.S.


The Freechild Project Funds for Youth Activism page (Website) –   Includes grants specifically for young people (12-30) engaging in activist   work, as well as a useful listing of foundations renowned for their support   of youth activists.


The Freechild Project   Resources for the Hands, the Heart, and the Soul (Website) –   This page has resources about community-oriented organizations and media that   promotes social justice throughout the world.


Democracy Now Democracy Now! is a national, daily, independent,   award-winning news program airing on over 450 stations in North America. It   is excellent, with host Amy Goodman providing a powerful, insightful and just   perspective on the news. DN frequently covers social justice, globalization   and even youth activist news.