Welcome to the conversation!

Welcome to the conversation!

Harriet Beecher Stowe's (1811-1896) best-selling anti-slavery novel Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852), made her the most famous American woman of the 19th century and galvanized the abolition movement before the Civil War.

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

People of the Week: Winners of the #QueensYoungLeaderAward

28 young people from around the world were honored as recipients of the Queen's Young Leader Award, in recognition of their commitment to enacting positive social change.  The Queen's Young Leader Award is given annually to 60 young people (18-29) from Commonwealth countries, who have taken tangible steps to better their communities.  Winners receive mentoring and training on ways to increase productivity and sustainability in their fields.      

Nkechikwu Azinge, 26, Nigeria, founded the Sickle Cell Aid Foundation after witnessing family members struggling with the disease. 

Do you know of any young people making a difference? Throughout history, it is often young people who lead social movements and shepherd new ideas based on concepts of diversity and inclusion. Why then, do young people often get labelled as "lazy" or "apathetic"? How can we further inspire young people to take action? How can we create cross-generational movements that unite young people with established activists and organizers?   

1 comment:

bcofran said...

Connecticut's Old State House recently held a Town Hall Meeting where the topic of the civic engagement among millennials and baby boomers was considered. We also explored the ideas of steretypes towards millennials, how young people take action, and how generations can work together to create change. It was an interesting discussion!