Last week I spoke to summer hires, a group of young teens, at a local nonprofit. It was the end of their six week jaunt with a youth AIDS organization, and my goal was to inspire them to stay involved in activism after they left the program.
But activism can look like a lot of different things. If I was going to entreat them to be activists, I decided, I needed a working definition of what, exactly, that means. I boiled it down to three things: You are an activist if you pay attention to the world around you, imagine how it could be better, and do something about it. Continue reading