So many times folks say “teens today” are lazy, argumentative, have a “bad attitude” are selfish. I disagree.
There is so much untapped potential adults often overlook. Teens are waiting to make a difference. When we show them we value their contributions and we believe in their ability to make change, it is often mind-blowing what they can do.
Here are three stories that made my day recently. Hopefully, they will inspire you to get involved, either with your teen, or with organizations that work with teens to help them get engaged.
Stories of Teens Making a Difference
A Kentucky mom gave her child a punishment of mowing neighbors lawns. Learn about how it “backfired” and inspired these boys to “stay out of trouble” and help out their community in the process.
Natalie Braye, Sophia Byrd, Eva Lewis, and Maxine Wint – Organizing Protests Against Police Brutality
Natalie Braye, 17, Sophia Byrd, 17, Eva Lewis, 17, and Maxine Wint, 16, brought together roughly 200 teens and adults of all races ages and backgrounds for a silent protest against the recent shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile by police. Read about it.
— Colin B Photography (@colinbphoto) July 11, 2016
Read their statement in this tweet.
PRESS RELEASE FOR THE CHICAGO YOUTH SIT IN/ MARCH TOMORROW RTRTRTRT pic.twitter.com/nv6OAO7ROQ
— ~ev(ugh) (@iridescenteva) July 10, 2016
DeAngelo Hughes, is an 18 year old who is looking to make a difference. After losing his mom at 13, DeAngelo wanted to create a space for young people who have also experienced loss to find support. He is currently raising money to establish a non-profit to further his goals.
Learn a little about his story in the video below. Go to his GoFundMe site to contribute to his dream of creating a non-profit.