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!

Mission: SparkAction brings together the best resources, news, storytelling and advocacy tools for adults and young people who want to make a difference. We are dedicated to cutting across silos and borders to create a central place for information and connections, and to raise a stronger, unified voice for change.

#TheFutureWeNeed Action Alert:The Georgia Runoff elections are fast approaching, and we've got to act even faster. Suppo...
12/03/2020

#TheFutureWeNeed Action Alert:

The Georgia Runoff elections are fast approaching, and we've got to act even faster. Support local orgs, help voters get registered, or use your skills to volunteer — swipe through for all the ways you can take action.

Learn more: futureweneed.org (link in bio)

What a powerful message from #TheFutureWeNeed Partnerships & Outreach Coordinator Marlen Mendoza!Oftentimes we are overs...
12/01/2020

What a powerful message from #TheFutureWeNeed Partnerships & Outreach Coordinator Marlen Mendoza!

Oftentimes we are overshadowed and underestimated when it comes to conversations regarding our future.

Young people should be present and centered at discussions pertaining to issues that impact their future.

10/30/2020
Campaign for Youth Justice

Happening now! Join us in saying "farewell" and celebrating the wins that the Campaign For Youth Justice helped lead, including the reauthorization of the JJDPA act on a federal level, and the adoption of "Raise the Age" legislation in dozens of states to protect young people.

JOIN US FOR OUR VIRTUAL FAREWELL TO THE CAMPAIGN FOR YOUTH JUSTICE
When the Campaign for Youth Justice was born 15 years ago (2005), as many as 250,000 children a year were being prosecuted as adults across the country every year. The incarceration of children in adult jails had increased more than 200% since the mid 1990s; and 3:4 of children sent to adult prison were youth of color.
Fifteen years later, through the unwavering commitment of children who had been sentenced as adults, their families, advocates, legislators on both sides of the aisle, the philanthropic community, and researchers—many of the goals of the Campaign have been met.
These wins couldn’t have happened without each and every one of you joining this movement. While the work is not finished—there are still far too many children entering the adult criminal justice system—the tools now exist to fight these battles locally. We welcome you to continue fighting for our young people and ensuring they receive equal protections regardless of where they live.
We invite you to our Virtual Farewell Party as we come together to celebrate our victories as we say our goodbyes to CFYJ.

The Opportunity Index not only shows us how our communities are doing -- it’s a tool to help understand where disparitie...
08/28/2020

The Opportunity Index not only shows us how our communities are doing -- it’s a tool to help understand where disparities exist, so we can work to change them. #MoW2020

Join Youth Engaged 4 Change next Monday for an Instagram Live on navigating stress and techniques for relaxation.YE4C Ed...
07/31/2020

Join Youth Engaged 4 Change next Monday for an Instagram Live on navigating stress and techniques for relaxation.

YE4C Editorial Board Member, Laticia Aossey, and Youth Facilitator and Virtual Student Federal Service Intern Ifeoma Ikedionwu, will have a conversation exploring the ways stress impacts our bodies and minds, and relaxation techniques to handle stress.

📲Tune in August 3 at 6PM ET/ 3 PM PT: instagram.com/youthengaged4change

Via @oyunited + @rycampaign:All young people NEED access to:Living wages and allowances through employment, training and...
07/27/2020

Via @oyunited + @rycampaign:

All young people NEED access to:

Living wages and allowances through employment, training and/or service to participate in the economy and empower themselves.

Interventions that address systemic issues stemming from mental and behavioral health, economic inequality, homelessness, violence, and substance abuse.

Positive mentors and experiences that help youth explore their talents and develop a plan for success.

Pathways that expand access to a wide range of opportunities such as higher education, vocational education, service and careers.

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LIVE THIS TUESDAY on Youth Engaged 4 Change (instagram.com/youthengaged4change).Young people are dealing with a lot righ...
06/22/2020

LIVE THIS TUESDAY on Youth Engaged 4 Change (instagram.com/youthengaged4change).

Young people are dealing with a lot right now. Their lives have not only been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, but the killing of George Floyd and other instances of police brutality have led to civil unrest and a national discussion about systemic racism and injustice in the country. These events are traumatic and difficult to process.

YE4C is hosting an Instagram Live with Akira Sky, YE4C Editorial Board Member and Youth Facilitator, and Kathleen Guarino, American Institutes for Research Trauma and Mental Health Specialist, to discuss how these events may be traumatic for young people, how to cope and build resiliency.

Watch live Tuesday at 6pm ET: instagram.com/youthengaged4change

From April 22 to 24, youth activists and adults are coming together for #EarthDayLive, a three-day live stream event foc...
04/22/2020

From April 22 to 24, youth activists and adults are coming together for #EarthDayLive, a three-day live stream event focused on climate action. Most years we’d take to the streets to demand climate action — this year, though, all the action is happening online.

The live stream will include training sessions, performances, and appearances to keep people engaged, informed, and inspired, with speakers including celebrities, politicians, scientists, and youth activists. Social distancing doesn’t have to mean collective disengagement. Sign up to join us on #EarthDay: earthdaylive2020.org

“In the midst of a global pandemic, Earth Day Live aims to spur collective action to protect our communities and our pla...
04/20/2020
'Earth Day Live' to Celebrate 50th Earth Day With Star-Studded Lineup

“In the midst of a global pandemic, Earth Day Live aims to spur collective action to protect our communities and our planet, through performances, conversations, and training sessions curated by climate activists,” the event’s organizers wrote.

Learn more here and follow along at: earthdaylive2020.org

Joaquin Phoenix, Moby, Questlove, and others will appear on three-day livestream

In a feature on @leaderstoriesorg, Amit Dodani, the Founder and CEO of @mynamemystory, explains the need to reframe how ...
02/05/2020

In a feature on @leaderstoriesorg, Amit Dodani, the Founder and CEO of @mynamemystory, explains the need to reframe how youth changemakers are talked about in society, and education in particular.

Watch Amit’s full video with LeaderStories: http://bit.ly/2udd5PR

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01/17/2020

This week, youth climate activists announced plans for three days of #ClimateStrike actions launching #EarthDay, Wed, Ap...
01/14/2020

This week, youth climate activists announced plans for three days of #ClimateStrike actions launching #EarthDay, Wed, Apr 22, and ending on Fri, Apr 24. HUNDREDS of youth-led events, including strikes, marches, rallies, and teach-ins to demand the protection of this generation and every generation to follow.

We'll be striking. Will you #StrikeWithUs? ⚫ strikewithus.org/join

As we look into the next decade of youth-led social change, a reminder: the youth will win.More on our Instagram (@spark...
12/20/2019

As we look into the next decade of youth-led social change, a reminder: the youth will win.

More on our Instagram (@sparkaction): http://bit.ly/35IwHJ1

Join us in urging senators to invest in proven pathways to jobs, national service & education for #OpportunityYouth. Our...
12/05/2019

Join us in urging senators to invest in proven pathways to jobs, national service & education for #OpportunityYouth.

Our young people, our nation and our economy deserve it! Act now through the Reconnecting Youth Campaign action alert: bit.ly/RYCalert

"STOP STEALING OUR FUTURE"  📸 Future Coalition; September 20 Climate Strike Los AngelesYoung people are leading another ...
12/05/2019

"STOP STEALING OUR FUTURE"

📸 Future Coalition; September 20 Climate Strike Los Angeles

Young people are leading another #ClimateStrike tomorrow (12/6) to demand transformative action on the climate crisis. Learn more about how to #StrikeWithUs across 300+ events: strikewithus.org

#MondayMotivation: "Speak with passion and with stories," said climate activist May Boeve. Storytelling is a vital compo...
12/02/2019

#MondayMotivation: "Speak with passion and with stories," said climate activist May Boeve.

Storytelling is a vital component of demanding change. How are you ensuring that you use the magic of a story to spark conversations and impact?

📞TAKE ACTION! The #JJDPAMatters in order to develop alternatives to incarceration & provide services for justice-involve...
11/05/2019
Take Action | ACT4JJ

📞TAKE ACTION! The #JJDPAMatters in order to develop alternatives to incarceration & provide services for justice-involved youth. Call to urge your Senators to support the House-level funding for the #JJDPA: bit.ly/ActNow4JJ

Congress is still working to set government spending levels for fiscal year 2020, through the appropriations process. The U.S. House of Representatives has completed its appropriations bills, and the Senate is working on its version. Please take a minute to call and urge your Senators to fully fund....

"If you don’t know who young people are at their core, you can’t help from an authentic space," said Shawnice Jackson. R...
11/04/2019
Opportunity Youth Need Support to Be Next Youth Workers, Advocates - Youth Today

"If you don’t know who young people are at their core, you can’t help from an authentic space," said Shawnice Jackson.

Read more in Youth Today: http://bit.ly/2C9YwfY #OpportunityYouth

In my role of leading national youth policy conversations, something has been bothering me. These last few years, it has become a thorn in my side. Convening after convening, I have been seeing more and more youth participation and there are more young people sharing their stories.

Want to learn the latest from opportunity leaders in the field? We thought so! Register for #OpportunityWeek2019 in DC, ...
10/24/2019

Want to learn the latest from opportunity leaders in the field? We thought so! Register for #OpportunityWeek2019 in DC, November 11-15: https://nyec.org/oyweek/ #OYNSummit2019 #AmplifyOpportunity

Did you know that less than half the states break down youth in adult court by race and/or ethnicity? #ActToEndRacism in...
10/22/2019

Did you know that less than half the states break down youth in adult court by race and/or ethnicity? #ActToEndRacism in our jails and prisons! Support youth justice initiatives by participating in #YJAM #YJAM2019: http://bit.ly/YJAM_2019

10/18/2019

This year, youth leaders with Reconnecting Youth Campaign held in-district meetings with Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA).

Here's a clip about how it went. Watch the full video: http://bit.ly/2J5zKlk

TAKE ACTION! Join us in using this easy action alert to urge our Members of Congress to invest in proven pathways to job...
10/18/2019

TAKE ACTION! Join us in using this easy action alert to urge our Members of Congress to invest in proven pathways to jobs, national service & education for #OpportunityYouth. Our young people, our nation, and our economy deserve it: bit.ly/reconnect-youth#act

ICYMI: Members of the #ReconnectingYouth Campaign meet with lawmakers to urge investment in pathways for #opportunityyou...
10/17/2019

ICYMI: Members of the #ReconnectingYouth Campaign meet with lawmakers to urge investment in pathways for #opportunityyouth. Read more: bit.ly/2ki8PJW

For #WorldFoodDay, read about how Food Recovery Network ignited a social movement on college campuses to fight food wast...
10/16/2019

For #WorldFoodDay, read about how Food Recovery Network ignited a social movement on college campuses to fight food waste and hunger: http://bit.ly/32s4a96

How do we put practice #SEL in daily interactions with youth? What if your org or school lacks the funding or time to im...
10/16/2019

How do we put practice #SEL in daily interactions with youth? What if your org or school lacks the funding or time to implement an evidence-based curriculum or program? Join @forumfyi’s 10/30 webinar for answers to these questions & more! bit.ly/31Jr5ft #ReadyYouth

Last month, Opportunity Youth United members and leaders gathered in Washington DC to talk with members of congress abou...
10/11/2019

Last month, Opportunity Youth United members and leaders gathered in Washington DC to talk with members of congress about the #ReconnectingYouth Campaign.

Read more about the experience in the latest #OpportunityYouth in Action blog post: http://bit.ly/318Eahn

10/11/2019
Preventing suicide : information for teachers

Every 40 seconds, someone loses their life to suicide.

For #WorldSuicidePreventionDay, take #40seconds of action by taking 40 seconds to start a conversation about mental health.

Educators and other people working in schools can especially help students with their mental health, watch this:

The teenage years can be full of excitement, opportunities and newfound freedoms. Yet they can also be times fraught with worry about exams, relationships, a...

Happy National Youth Science Day! This month, 4-H is getting kids involved in computer science through hands-on activiti...
10/09/2019

Happy National Youth Science Day! This month, 4-H is getting kids involved in computer science through hands-on activities.

Learn more: http://bit.ly/2p7WZDW

New snapshot from Annie E. Casey Foundation: Nearly 12% of children (more than 8.5 million kids nationwide) live in high...
10/08/2019

New snapshot from Annie E. Casey Foundation: Nearly 12% of children (more than 8.5 million kids nationwide) live in high-poverty neighborhoods. https://buff.ly/2kQoro2

1 of 10 incarcerated youth still sleeps in adult jails/facilities every night! Help support youth justice initiatives by...
10/07/2019

1 of 10 incarcerated youth still sleeps in adult jails/facilities every night!

Help support youth justice initiatives by participating in Youth Justice Awareness Month (#YJAM) and help us #ActToEndRacism in our jails and prisons. #YJAM2019

Learn more here: http://bit.ly/YJAM_2019

"When we penalize girls for being 'loud, defiant, and precocious,' we further expand on this problematic history, and we...
10/04/2019
The U.S. Has Been Silencing Black Girls’ Voices for Decades

"When we penalize girls for being 'loud, defiant, and precocious,' we further expand on this problematic history, and we silence and punish important voices for justice."

More from Juvenile Law Center's Jessica Feierman and Girls for Gender Equity - GGE's Ashley Sawyer about the punishing and silencing of Black girls' voices (via Teen Vogue):

This is all part of a system of over-policing and police abuse.

"I never felt completely comfortable or ready, but rarely does anyone ever feel completely ready for what they are calle...
09/30/2019
“We’re All Human.” Here’s How to Remember that When Meeting with Elected Officials – Opportunity Youth United

"I never felt completely comfortable or ready, but rarely does anyone ever feel completely ready for what they are called to do. All you can do is prepare and face it head on."

Adam Strong of Opportunity Youth United shares some reflections on meeting with elected officials, including remembering that representatives and their staffers are people too:

http://bit.ly/2mlv82h

“We’re All Human.” Here’s How to Remember that When Meeting with Elected Officials September 19, 2019/in Featured Articles, OYU in Action, Youth Voice /by Caitlin KBy Adam Strong The first time I met with a high-level policymaker, I was so nervous my neck actually went stiff. It was 2012, an...

Youth Engaged 4 Change has announced the winners of their #Hopeful4 contest: Manda, Anthony, and Kurtis. See the winners...
09/27/2019

Youth Engaged 4 Change has announced the winners of their #Hopeful4 contest: Manda, Anthony, and Kurtis.

See the winners’ submissions: http://bit.ly/2mmGPFL

(Featured below: Anthony's photo encouraging you to "always look on the bright side")

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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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