Beyond everyday interactions with family and friends, young people are able to self-advocate and use their personal experiences as a springboard for change. For young people who are passionate about raising their voices and telling their stories, they may need help determining the best place to start.
Whether they are passionate about school safety, substance use prevention, youth violence, inclusion, diversity or mental health, often the first step is to reach out to a program or organization specializing in that particular issue. With this support, young people are better equipped with the knowledge, tools and information they need to formulate a strategic, informed plan.
Self-advocacy efforts are most effective when they are collaborative. It is important for empowered young people to have supporters they can turn to for guidance in planning their advocacy campaigns. With help, we can help prepare our local youth to understand issues that matter, make meaningful connections and learn know how to speak up and speak out.
Reach out to your local school district to plan an advocacy campaign, create a student advocacy group or determine another way to spread a message you’re passionate about.
Visit your local library to access a wealth of information and resources on self-advocacy and community activism.
Reach out to your local legislators about issues you’re passionate about. This is the best way to influence public policy on a larger scale.
Supporting students across the nation through education, information, advocacy and leadership opportunities.
An online community dedicated to suicide prevention through education, research, advocacy and support.
Compiled by the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network, this guide provides comprehensive information on how to communicate effectively with elected officials.
Self-advocacy resources and guides for young people who have been diagnosed with Autism.
Advocating for education and awareness to help influence public policies and strengthen Ohio communities.
Helping individuals, families and friends affected by mental illness to transform their experiences into grassroots advocacy campaigns.
Hub of self-advocacy resources for people with disabilities.
Provides self-advocacy assistance to individuals with developmental disabilities.
Resources about self-advocacy and support for self-advocacy groups.
Online collection of books and resources about self-advocacy.
A database with topics and issues affecting youth and young adults.