SparkAction

SparkAction SparkAction is a collaborative journalism and advocacy network to mobilize action by and for young people. Developed by and for the child and youth field, SparkAction's partners include the National Collaboration for Youth, the Campaign for Youth, Child Advocacy 360 and the Ready by 21 National Partnership, as well as hundreds of organizations across the country.

SparkAction.org is the merger of Connect for Kids (CFK), the Youth Policy Action Center (YPAC) and the National Youth Development Information Center. We are managed by the Washington, DC-based "action tank" The Forum for Youth Investment. How will you Spark Action?

*We launched in 2010, but are based on organizations that have been around around since 1996!

SparkAction.org is the merger of Connect for Kids (CFK), the Youth Policy Action Center (YPAC) and the National Youth Development Information Center. We are managed by the Washington, DC-based "action tank" The Forum for Youth Investment. How will you Spark Action?

*We launched in 2010, but are based on organizations that have been around around since 1996!

It’s #wellnesswednesday ⭐️ Swipe to see multiple self-care practices that you could implement into your daily routine 🧘🏿...
08/11/2021

It’s #wellnesswednesday ⭐️ Swipe to see multiple self-care practices that you could implement into your daily routine 🧘🏿

Source: Everyday Health

#sparkselfcare #mentalhealth #physicalhealth #spiritualhealth

It’s time for lawmakers to listen to the evidence around #youthjustice. States should stop placing youth in confinement,...
08/06/2021
State Juvenile Justice Reforms Can Boost Opportunity, Particularly for Communities of Color | Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

It’s time for lawmakers to listen to the evidence around #youthjustice. States should stop placing youth in confinement, and invest in community-based solutions that produce equitable outcomes and expand opportunity: http://ow.ly/loQH50FLUSf

States can expand opportunity and build stronger, more prosperous, and inclusive communities by reducing the incarceration of children and young adults and increasing the use of sensible alternatives...

ICYMI 💫: Young people need investments, not incarceration! A better future and a stable economy begins with equitable op...
07/30/2021

ICYMI 💫: Young people need investments, not incarceration! A better future and a stable economy begins with equitable opportunities for our youth.

Follow @sparkaction on twitter to keep up with the latest campaigns and action alerts 🚨

You are more than your accomplishments. It's okay to step back and prioritze yourself ✨#simonebiles #mentalhealth #inspo...
07/29/2021

You are more than your accomplishments. It's okay to step back and prioritze yourself ✨

#simonebiles #mentalhealth #inspo #prioritizeyourself #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealthfirst #rolemodel #usa #goat #youth #advocacy #support #under25 #sparkaction

You are more than your accomplishments. It's okay to step back and prioritze yourself ✨

#simonebiles #mentalhealth #inspo #prioritizeyourself #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealthfirst #rolemodel #usa #goat #youth #advocacy #support #under25 #sparkaction

Sophia Cristo, Youth Advocate with NJJN Member @AntiRecidivism shares her powerful story and the harm that comes from ch...
07/20/2021

Sophia Cristo, Youth Advocate with NJJN Member @AntiRecidivism shares her powerful story and the harm that comes from children entering the youth legal system. Read Sophia's Op-Ed with @itsYRmedia: http://ow.ly/BcCP50FxbFU

Sophia Cristo, Youth Advocate with NJJN Member @AntiRecidivism shares her powerful story and the harm that comes from children entering the youth legal system. Read Sophia's Op-Ed with @itsYRmedia: http://ow.ly/BcCP50FxbFU

Here’s a COVID-19 vaccine myth busted: the truth is your menstrual cycle will NOT be affected by being near someone who ...
07/19/2021

Here’s a COVID-19 vaccine myth busted: the truth is your menstrual cycle will NOT be affected by being near someone who received the #COVID19 vaccine. Scroll through to learn about myths versus the truth. Youth Engaged 4 Change ➡️➡️ @CDCgov Read more: http://ow.ly/WQ0q50FtICC

The U.S. is the only country in the world where children as young as 13 are sentenced to die while incarcerated. Young p...
07/16/2021

The U.S. is the only country in the world where children as young as 13 are sentenced to die while incarcerated. Young people deserve a true chance at redemption. Urge your Senators today to support the First Step Implementation Act. #EndJLWOP https://repjustice.org/firststep

The U.S. is the only country in the world where children as young as 13 are sentenced to die while incarcerated. Young people deserve a true chance at redemption. Urge your Senators today to support the First Step Implementation Act. #EndJLWOP https://repjustice.org/firststep

07/16/2021

Many current & former foster youth between 18-26 qualify for over $400 million in funds. BUT you gotta apply before September 30, 2021! #CheckForUs is here to help you get your funds. Visit checkforus.org today! #ThinkOfUs #FosterYouth Think of Us

For years, activists have been working to get police out of schools. Read the new @NJJNetwork report to learn how severa...
07/16/2021

For years, activists have been working to get police out of schools. Read the new @NJJNetwork report to learn how several communities were able to successfully achieve #policefreeschools. http://ow.ly/Wsey50FuF5W

#YouthJustice #CounselorsNotCops

For years, activists have been working to get police out of schools. Read the new @NJJNetwork report to learn how several communities were able to successfully achieve #policefreeschools. http://ow.ly/Wsey50FuF5W

#YouthJustice #CounselorsNotCops

We’re busting COVID-19 vaccine myths. Truth: the COVID-19 vaccines do NOT have dangerous side effects. Scroll through to...
07/14/2021

We’re busting COVID-19 vaccine myths. Truth: the COVID-19 vaccines do NOT have dangerous side effects. Scroll through to learn more about myths versus truth. Youth Engaged 4 Change ➡️➡️ @HopkinsMedicine

To read more about myths about the COVID-19 vaccine visit: https://bit.ly/36wEMCs

“The United States is the only country known to sentence children to die in prison.” Learn more about the cruelty of Juv...
07/14/2021

“The United States is the only country known to sentence children to die in prison.” Learn more about the cruelty of Juvenile Life Without Parole and how the First Step Implementation Act can stop it in this op-ed from NYU professor @vmsoutherland. http://ow.ly/z08f50FuF2m

“The United States is the only country known to sentence children to die in prison.” Learn more about the cruelty of Juvenile Life Without Parole and how the First Step Implementation Act can stop it in this op-ed from NYU professor @vmsoutherland. http://ow.ly/z08f50FuF2m

Take action! 📣  Write your Senator in seconds using our action alert to ensure that states and cities can fund diversion...
07/13/2021

Take action! 📣 Write your Senator in seconds using our action alert to ensure that states and cities can fund diversion and prevention programs that keep young people out of the #YouthJustice system. act4jj.org/take-action

Take action! 📣 Write your Senator in seconds using our action alert to ensure that states and cities can fund diversion and prevention programs that keep young people out of the #YouthJustice system. act4jj.org/take-action

Zaila Avant-garde is nothing short of amazing ✨#zailaavantgarde #spellingbee #history #youngleader #inspiration #prodigy...
07/13/2021

Zaila Avant-garde is nothing short of amazing ✨

#zailaavantgarde #spellingbee #history #youngleader #inspiration #prodigy #zaila #avantgarde #motivation #sparkaction #rolemodel

Zaila Avant-garde is nothing short of amazing ✨

#zailaavantgarde #spellingbee #history #youngleader #inspiration #prodigy #zaila #avantgarde #motivation #sparkaction #rolemodel

There are a lot of myths floating around about the #COVID19 vaccine. Here’s the truth: the COVID-19 vaccine will NOT giv...
07/12/2021

There are a lot of myths floating around about the #COVID19 vaccine. Here’s the truth: the COVID-19 vaccine will NOT give you COVID-19. Scroll through to learn about more myths versus truth! Youth Engaged 4 Change ➡️➡️@HopkinsMedicine

To read more about myths about the COVID-19 vaccine visit: https://bit.ly/3hWWftj

The American Rescue Plan is an opportunity to tackle inequity that young adults ages 16-24 face. It’s up to all of us to...
06/30/2021

The American Rescue Plan is an opportunity to tackle inequity that young adults ages 16-24 face. It’s up to all of us to use these relief dollars as a down payment on sustained and robust investments in youth moving forward.

Find out more about the American Rescue Plan, how it can help, and what you can do to shape the way your community spends its relief funding in the White House’s American Rescue Plan Act interactive website.

Hit the #LinkInBio for more on this story and to take action ⚡️

The American Rescue Plan is an opportunity to tackle inequity that young adults ages 16-24 face. It’s up to all of us to...
06/30/2021
The American Rescue Plan Is Just the Start. Here’s How We Build a Long-Term Investment in Our Youth.

The American Rescue Plan is an opportunity to tackle inequity that young adults ages 16-24 face. It’s up to all of us to use these relief dollars as a down payment on sustained and robust investments in youth moving forward. https://bit.ly/3h7LnK0

The American Rescue Plan is an opportunity to tackle inequity in ways we have not dreamed of in generations. Here’s what we need to do next. What we do in this moment matters. Programs and services for children have never received a down payment of the magnitude seen in the American Rescue Plan, t...

Commit to taking 1 HOUR of action focused on Opportunity Youth ✨Use #MyActionHour and #YouthActionHour to share how you ...
06/28/2021

Commit to taking 1 HOUR of action focused on Opportunity Youth ✨

Use #MyActionHour and #YouthActionHour to share how you took action ⭐️

Visit youthactionhour.org/oyr for more 🔗

LGBTQ+ youth are overrepresented by more than 2x their prevalence among the general population. This #PrideMonth, learn ...
06/28/2021

LGBTQ+ youth are overrepresented by more than 2x their prevalence among the general population. This #PrideMonth, learn more about the steps we can take to help change this: bit.ly/lgbtq-youth-legal-system

LGBTQ+ youth are overrepresented by more than 2x their prevalence among the general population. This #PrideMonth, learn more about the steps we can take to help change this: bit.ly/lgbtq-youth-legal-system

06/25/2021
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Ending racial & ethnic disparities in the #youthjustice system requires starting at the front end. Read this new policy platform from @4juvjustice on how policing in schools exacerbates inequities — and how to address them: bit.ly/cjj-policing-schools

06/25/2021
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New report on sexual victimization in #youthjustice facilities shows that while the number of substantiated incidents has fluctuated between 2013 to 2018, there has not been progress in *reducing* these incidents. Our young people deserve better: http://ow.ly/X1t750FhO12

When it comes to our young people, it’s time for Congress to invest in what works. The @WhiteHouse has recognized that y...
06/24/2021
Take Action | ACT4JJ

When it comes to our young people, it’s time for Congress to invest in what works. The @WhiteHouse has recognized that young people need investment — not incarceration. Tell your member of Congress that the #JJDPAmatters to protect youth: act4jj.org/take-action

Please take a moment to reach out to your Members of Congress to let them know that it's vital to cover juvenile justice and delinquency prevention programs in this year's budget. President Biden's proposed budget would allocate $796 million towards youth justice, including $100 million towards clos...

06/24/2021

After #FathersDay last weekend, our thoughts continue to be with fathers who are incarcerated and separated from their families. We must continue to work for a more just world that prioritizes communities and reunites families.

Today is National Work From Home Day 🖥👨🏽‍💻👩🏻‍💻At the start of the pandemic, millions transitioned to remote work. Accord...
06/24/2021

Today is National Work From Home Day 🖥👨🏽‍💻👩🏻‍💻

At the start of the pandemic, millions transitioned to remote work. According to reports, 52% of Americans would prefer to work fully remotely if given the opportunity.

Swipe to learn how to improve your work from home habits 🗄✂️🖇

#workfromhome #remote #remotework #sparkaction #workingfromhome #routine #boundaries

Join us on June 28th for Opportunity Youth Rising, a #YouthActionHour event across social media to amplify the voices an...
06/22/2021

Join us on June 28th for Opportunity Youth Rising, a #YouthActionHour event across social media to amplify the voices and stories of #OpportunityYouth. Take action with us and @YouthActionHour: youthactionhour.org/opportunity-youth-rising

Join us on June 28th for Opportunity Youth Rising, a #YouthActionHour event across social media to amplify the voices and stories of #OpportunityYouth. Take action with us and @YouthActionHour: youthactionhour.org/opportunity-youth-rising

The LGBTQ community is made up of unique and diverse individuals with varying identities and ways of life. Multiple prid...
06/10/2021

The LGBTQ community is made up of unique and diverse individuals with varying identities and ways of life. Multiple pride flags were created over the years to represent and include EVERYONE. Take a look at some of the LGBTQ pride flags and their meanings 🏳️‍🌈💕

#pridemonth #pride #pride🌈 #pride2021 #lgbtq #prideflag #rainbow #identity #unique #diversity #diversityandinclusion #lesbianpride #gaypride #transpride #intersexpride #asexualpride #agenderpride #nonbinary #nonbinarypride #gilbertbaker #harveymilk #educateyourself #educational #resources #ally #inclusion #representation

"I'd like for the girls to get a chance to be who they are. For young transgender people to go to school, learn like eve...
06/07/2021

"I'd like for the girls to get a chance to be who they are. For young transgender people to go to school, learn like everyone else does, and then get out there and live their lives, not afraid or thinking that the only solution for them is death." - Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, Trans Woman Activist and Community Leader for Transgender Rights 🌟

#Missmajor #missmajorgriffingracy #mondaymotivation #mondayquotes #quote #transactivist #activism #socialactivism #lgbtqequality #pridemonth #pride🌈 #pride2021 #transgenderrights #transrightsmatter #blacktranslivesmatter

"I'd like for the girls to get a chance to be who they are. For young transgender people to go to school, learn like everyone else does, and then get out there and live their lives, not afraid or thinking that the only solution for them is death." - Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, Trans Woman Activist and Community Leader for Transgender Rights 🌟

#Missmajor #missmajorgriffingracy #mondaymotivation #mondayquotes #quote #transactivist #activism #socialactivism #lgbtqequality #pridemonth #pride🌈 #pride2021 #transgenderrights #transrightsmatter #blacktranslivesmatter

“I lead because there are girls out there who used to be like me, who have not learned how much power they hold within t...
06/03/2021

“I lead because there are girls out there who used to be like me, who have not learned how much power they hold within themselves that has always been inside of them...” - Niki S., 14 years old, California.

SparkAction is spotlighting girls and young women who are emerging leaders in a range of ways. To learn how 10 young women lead the way, visit https://bit.ly/3wTn1Zl

Story by: Tara Bracco

“I lead because there are girls out there who used to be like me, who have not learned how much power they hold within themselves that has always been inside of them...” - Niki S., 14 years old, California.

SparkAction is spotlighting girls and young women who are emerging leaders in a range of ways. To learn how 10 young women lead the way, visit https://bit.ly/3wTn1Zl

Story by: Tara Bracco

One of many powerful quotes from @civically_engaged_papi 👏🏽. Tune into @youthactionhour's Black Youth Power Hour event t...
05/26/2021

One of many powerful quotes from @civically_engaged_papi 👏🏽. Tune into @youthactionhour's Black Youth Power Hour event today at 4PM EST to listen to and gain insight from Black youth leaders.

#youthaction #sparkaction #blackpower #blackyouth #virtualevent #live #inspo #blackmentalhealth #awareness #panel #youngleaders #changemakers #activism #power #thefutureweneed #register #listen #educate

One of many powerful quotes from @civically_engaged_papi 👏🏽. Tune into @youthactionhour's Black Youth Power Hour event today at 4PM EST to listen to and gain insight from Black youth leaders.

#youthaction #sparkaction #blackpower #blackyouth #virtualevent #live #inspo #blackmentalhealth #awareness #panel #youngleaders #changemakers #activism #power #thefutureweneed #register #listen #educate

One of many powerful quotes from @civically_engaged_papi 👏🏽. Tune into @youthactionhour's Black Youth Power Hour event t...
05/26/2021

One of many powerful quotes from @civically_engaged_papi 👏🏽. Tune into @youthactionhour's Black Youth Power Hour event today at 4PM EST to listen to and gain insight from Black youth leaders.

#youthaction #sparkaction #blackpower #blackyouth #virtualevent #live #inspo #blackmentalhealth #awareness #panel #youngleaders #changemakers #activism #power #thefutureweneed #register #listen #educate

One of many powerful quotes from @civically_engaged_papi 👏🏽. Tune into @youthactionhour's Black Youth Power Hour event today at 4PM EST to listen to and gain insight from Black youth leaders.

#youthaction #sparkaction #blackpower #blackyouth #virtualevent #live #inspo #blackmentalhealth #awareness #panel #youngleaders #changemakers #activism #power #thefutureweneed #register #listen #educate

COME TOGETHER FOR #EQUITY | We’re in a crucial moment for social justice, we must come together to build back in a more ...
05/26/2021

COME TOGETHER FOR #EQUITY | We’re in a crucial moment for social justice, we must come together to build back in a more equal, just way. The 2021 #ConvergeAcademy will bring 24 for-purpose leaders to NYC to focus on leading in these time. Deadline is May 31 for a chance to secure a full scholarship! bit.ly/converge2021

On Wednesday, May 26 from 4-6pm EST, join us and @NewDeal4Youth Changemakers as they share the @NewDeal4Youth platform a...
05/25/2021

On Wednesday, May 26 from 4-6pm EST, join us and @NewDeal4Youth Changemakers as they share the @NewDeal4Youth platform and policy demands. For more than seven months, these young leaders from communities across the country have been working to develop policy ideas and solutions on the issues that most impact their lives. Hear what matters to them – and to all of us – and learn how you can get involved. Register at newdealforyouth.org.

On Wednesday, May 26 from 4-6pm EST, join us and @NewDeal4Youth Changemakers as they share the @NewDeal4Youth platform and policy demands. For more than seven months, these young leaders from communities across the country have been working to develop policy ideas and solutions on the issues that most impact their lives. Hear what matters to them – and to all of us – and learn how you can get involved. Register at newdealforyouth.org.

Youth Action Hour (@youthactionhour) is hosting their second event, Black Youth Power Hour, on May 27th. This hour-long ...
05/21/2021

Youth Action Hour (@youthactionhour) is hosting their second event, Black Youth Power Hour, on May 27th. This hour-long event will feature young Black leaders, artists, and activists in conversation about the powerful movements and efforts that Black youth are leading.

Visit @youthactionhour to RSVP today 🌟

#youthactionhour #sparkaction #youthpower #bklackyouth #blackyouthpower #powerhour #rsvp #virtualevent #youthaction #youngleaders #changemakers #genz #impact #change #youthaddressthenation

This moment calls on us to come together and support innovative leaders and powerful solutions for rebuilding a more jus...
05/20/2021

This moment calls on us to come together and support innovative leaders and powerful solutions for rebuilding a more just and equitable world. The 2021 Converge Academy is an open-nomination opportunity for 24 social justice leaders working in the United States to receive a full scholarship to a four-day immersive leadership development training in New York City, led by the Center for Creative Leadership. Apply today or nominate someone you believe in! The deadline to apply is May 21: bit.ly/converge2021. | #amexleads

This moment calls on us to come together and support innovative leaders and powerful solutions for rebuilding a more just and equitable world. The 2021 Converge Academy is an open-nomination opportunity for 24 social justice leaders working in the United States to receive a full scholarship to a four-day immersive leadership development training in New York City, led by the Center for Creative Leadership. Apply today or nominate someone you believe in! The deadline to apply is May 21: bit.ly/converge2021. | #amexleads

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SparkAction is a neutral brand that cuts across the silos and creates a central “megaphone” to mobilize like-minded adults and youth around calls to action. We also provide behind-the-scenes supports to help organizations and advocates use digital technology and old-fashioned communications savvy to reach and move their audiences, and have been successful launching and running campaigns and communications projects for Raise the Age New York, the Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention Act, Connecticut Juvenile Justice Alliance (CTJJA), Opportunity Youth United (OYU), and more.

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Youth, Young Adults, and Allies' Community Response to COVID-19 Pandemic Tuesday, May 19 5:30 - 7:30 PM EDT Our apologies — the email sent yesterday incorrectly said "Wednesday". The event will be on Tuesday, May 19th. The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately disrupted the livelihoods and economic stability of many youth and young adults. Prior to the crisis, young people ages 18-24 accounted for approximately 25 percent of workers with low-wages and a disproportionate share of the unemployed. The mounting economic stress and hyperreactive police state are widening the health equity gap for young people and communities of color today by creating barriers to necessary mental health services. The financial downturn caused by the COVID-19 crisis will only make it more difficult for youth and young adults who are facing structural barriers to finding quality jobs and careers. Hear from community leaders and young people from across the nation on how they are responding to this pandemic. Learn what you can do to ensure investments are made to address youth needs now more than ever. This conversation is intended for young people and the adult allies who support them.
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