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Do Not Give Up

The purpose of The Weekly Movement is to act as a platform for young activists and artists. A safe platform for people to share their most authentic voice. Sharing your voice involves being confident and strong in your knowledge, awareness, and opinions. This post is not going to be about finding your voice, but what to do with your voice once you have found it. Having the strength to speak your truth is something a lot of young people struggle with. Finding your voice is one thing, but being confident and loud is a whole other ball game.


Throughout our lives we are told that our opinions are less-than. I am here to tell you that as a young voter, a young activist, and a human being… your voice matters. You do not have to ask permission to exist.

If you are a women that is passionate about anything in politics, religion, or social issues then you know exactly what I am talking about. Women in leadership positions are constantly talked over and underestimated. You need to stay educated, be loud, and hold you head up high.

Most of us grow up in households that share the same beliefs and principles. It is inevitable that as you get older and more educated, those beliefs and principles might sway. During a time like this, with controversy in the air, households may experience tension. As a young person, it is likely that your opinions will be pushed to the side. If you experience this I have some advice for you.

STAY CONFIDENT.

Historically, in many cultures, children are to be seen and not heard. It is 2020 and time for our society to push past that mindset. You are the future. No matter what, you need to be your most authentic self and speak with confidence. Do not let yourself be put in a box. A huge thing that is essential to be confident in your voice is to be educated. People may try to convince you that you are wrong or try to shame you for your opinions and beliefs. If you are not confident and prepared, you will be especially vulnerable to this behavior. Stay confident, hold your head up, and remember that you are your own person.


SET AN EXAMPLE.

As a young activist, you need to set the example. You need to be a leader. Be openminded and kind to everyone, but stand up for what you believe in. As a young leader, eyes will constantly be on you. People will be not only be expecting you to make a mistake, but they will be watching out for it. Don't forget to listen, don't forget to breath, and don't let them distract you from your message.


DO NOT GIVE UP

As 2020 is coming to an end, I have been seeing young activists and leaders slowly losing their momentum. Honestly, I have been experiencing this myself. We can not let ourselves slow down. If you have also been experiencing this, I challenge you to click the restart button tomorrow. Continue your fight.

You have the power to make change. It is not hopeless. No matter what you believe in, go out there and fight for it. Go vote.



Malala Yousafzai was only sixteen years old. She stood up in front of hundreds of people and spoke for the importance of education. The importance of women's education. She was brave. She did not speak poorly about her shooter. She was dignified and shared her message.

I know that for some of us... we get frustrated knowing that real change is so out of reach. We get frustrated knowing that we cannot control the change of people's hearts and minds. What we can do is work together and be loud.


You are the future. Go out and vote.




Ask yourself or your peers these debatable questions to start healthy conversations:

How can young activists make change throughout their daily lives?

What can we learn from Malala Yousafzai?

How can we have healthy debates with grown adults?

Are debates with adults helpful in the long run or is it a waste of our energy?


Thank you for reading,

Ava Bates



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We are also taking submissions for our Black Lives Matter Movement Memorial art exhibit. We will also be taking these through email.

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