Youth voices are a powerful yet conficted part of the social change discourse. Societies value youth in different ways but there are insights and issues that are undeniably tethered to this life phase.
Watch these videos and respond to the questions.
This is a video of a 12-year old girl speaking at the United Nations Earth Summit in 1992. This is one of the most famous speeches by a youth delegate at the UN.
Watch Video The girl who silenced the world for 5 minutes Duration: (6:42)
User: leeks5229 – Added: 4/18/08 YouTube URL:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TQmz6Rbpnu0
Here is another story of a modern day youth activist who won the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize!
Watch Video Diane Sawyer Sits Down With the Inspirational Malala Yousafzai Duration: (6:25)
User: abcnews – Added: 10/7/13 YouTube URL:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ev-jPT5M9cU
In the discussion:
Share your reactions about their words and experiences (discuss BOTH). When we think of social movements, how are children’s voices included or not included?
What does this inclusion or exclusion of children say about society, domestically and internationally?