to the Exhibit!
Unnoticed by adults
today’s youth have begun creating a good world for all.
Youth Leadership is a new phenomenon that inspires people all over the planet with fresh hope and an entirely new image of children, teenagers, the power of one, active citizenship, schools and – oneself!
NEW KIDS ON THE PLANET
present dozens of young heroInes leading high impact initiatives that we could not have imagined in our wildest dreams, how we can learn from them, and how everybody can get involved, right away, at home and abroad.
“Young people as agents of change in their communities”
has been part of civic education in North America for 40 years.
Today, in the context of global learning, social media and escalating crisis, it is taking on sensational dimensions.
Hundreds of thousands of kids and teens respond to problems, change lives, laws and industries, badass heroInes pop up across the continent, also without training or adult influence. In fact, this is a reason for their magic, their power, their success!
Via media and schools their example inspires millions of people to also get active – not only in North America but increasingly everywhere on Earth.
These “young HeroInes” embody our common dream for people and planet, as well as the *purpose of schooling* : able, active, caring citizens, co-creators and stewards of a global, peaceful, just, thriving and sustainable civilization. Humanity’s dream is now becoming possible.
This exhibit tells their stories, and how they achieve.
WE CAN ALL DO THIS,
adapted to our local situation.
NO NEED TO REINVENT THE WHEEL
Every city needs this kind of things
Here’s another example …
IT ONLY TAKES AN IDEA,
and kids’ unbridled creativity
“Young people like me grow up in a digital world, re-defining ourselves.
We are not the stock characters in a storybook; the victims in distress waiting to be rescued when the grown-ups arrive, or the narcisstic villains of the “me-generation.”
Our world is no fairy tale. And yet perhaps the most precious thing about people my age is that, even as we break free from the dychotomous assumptions about us as characters within the story we strive for the same ending.
You see, in all my naivete, or hope, of my youth, I want to believe – no matter how great the conflicts, how vicious the problems – that our story will end with the same oft-heard line as so many childhood tales:
“and so they lived happily ever after.”
– Adora Svitak at the UNITED NATIONS
The idea of education is not to turn us into your kind of adults. But into better adults than you have been.Adora Svitak
No need to wait.
Your Headquarter is
YOUR LIVING ROOM
is working on her new book.
and his friends run Free The Children, the world’s biggest charity of children helping children from his home. Check out his older brother Marc in the back.
and friends organize TEDxYouth Redmond from home.
and friends gather to prepare the next Philanthro-Party smash hit. That’s also where they do photo-shoots for her FUNdraising books.
"There is no adult supervision"
“… beyond Matt Deitsch and Kaylyn Pipitone, two 20-year-old college students and recent Stoneman Douglas alums who help with things that only adults can do, like signing contracts and insurance forms and paperwork for their 501(c)(4).
“We want the grownups we need in this, and nothing more,” says Kasky. “We only have people doing the things that as 17-year-olds we cannot.”
At an early #NeverAgain meeting, parents asked how they could help, recalls Alex Wind’s mother.
The answer came back: “Order pizza.”
"It feels like the last rehearsal of a high school musical"
“… halftime at state championships, the final days of senior year. The kids stream in and out on no particular schedule, tumble to the floor to read their fan mail, twirl around on chairs while composing tweets and crowd into a tiny conference room for calls with reporters or lawmakers.
One day, they spent an afternoon making a video mocking NRA spokeswoman Loesch (they call her “the woman from the SuperBeets commercial” after digging up an old spot she did for a beet-juice product).
Another day, they met with Representative Ted Deutch, a Florida Democrat who represents Parkland in Congress. There’s a sense that anything can happen in this little corner of the teenage universe, because all kinds of things can.”
Never try to “behave like an adult”, nor “put on a show”.
Be yourself, be authentic, your passionate self, and you’re perfect.
Being truly alive means being multi-dimensional. It’s our source of vitality, magic, love and creativity.