Youth Leaders Working Toward Racial Justice, Social Justice and Peace

This week, we want to profile some outstanding efforts by young people to participate in their community and bring about positive change through working toward racial justice, social justice and peace.

Check out some of these amazing young leaders and the unique work they’re doing!  Do you know of any young leaders who are organizing against racism, advocating for racial and social justice, or leading the struggle toward achieving peace in the world?  Let us know by leaving a reply and a link if you can.

“Students are leaders of today, not just tomorrow.”

  • Teacher Tiffany Childress at North Lawndale College Prep High School in Illinois posted this inspiring story of how the young “Peace Warrior” leaders in her school are “incorporating lessons and readings about peace into student leadership meetings.”

Read the story at Choosing to Participate.


  • High school students in Santa Barbara and Ventura County (California) schools are organizing around social justice and training to develop leadership skills.  Some have been chosen to participate in the Community Leadership Institute, an eight-day residential program that focuses on diversity and justice.

Read more about these students here.


  • A few hundred racially diverse high school students will be attending the fifth annual Youth Leadership Summit on Race in Michigan on October 27, 2012.

Read about last year’s summit and follow the host organization, New Detroit, by clicking here.


  • Recent high school graduate, Jose Aburto, is working toward equality for the LGBT community as President of Morgan East Gay-Straight Alliance.  He was among a couple hundred high school students to participate in the week-long Student Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C., and he has worked with youth in his own community.

Read more about Jose Aburto’s work by clicking here.


  • High school students Emma Axelrod, Sammi Siegel, and Elena Tsemberis organized a petition to increase the number of women who hold the title of presidential debate moderator.  Melissa Harris-Perry featured them on her August 18, 2012, show on MSNBC.

Watch the video by clicking here.

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