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Thank You, Malala Yousafzai, for Inspiring Us to Activism

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Although many activists are not threatened to the extent that Yousafzai was, it is important to remember that no matter where you come from, how old you are, or what your background is, your voice can have an impact on the world.

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Secret Keeper Girl: An Inside Look at Evangelical Cognitive Dissonance

Young audience members at a Secret Keeper Girl show.

For all its affirmation of little girls’ intelligence and humor, it’s hard to get past the mixed messages in Secret Keeper Girl’s modesty doctrine: We shouldn’t care about how the world perceives us, unless we’re talking about our clothing, in which case that’s the only thing that matters.

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Young Love Goes Anonymous Online

While online confessions of love from teens can be cute, sappy, and oddly entertaining—though sometimes veering into lewd harassment—they have left me to wonder why young adults must hide behind anonymous forums to tell each other how they feel.

While online declarations of love from teens can be cute, sappy, and oddly entertaining—though sometimes veering into lewd harassment—I do wonder why young adults must hide behind anonymous forums to tell each other how they feel.

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Want to Know What Young People Think? Stop Talking Over Us

Hannah on the Huffington Post Live talk show. (screenshot via Huffington Post Live)

Many politicians, activists and adults alike have silenced the youth voice and relegated our involvement to the role of bystander. If the youth wishes to have a future that we would like to inhabit, we must reclaim our voices and demand that we have a say on issues that affect our lives.  

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Response to Nancy Keenan in Salon: Let’s Set the Record Straight on Millennials and Abortion. Again

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It is time to put to rest the questioning about Millennials and whether they care about access to safe abortion care. It is time to get to work.

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Learning and Teaching About HIV and AIDS: Video Resources for World AIDS Day

A list of resources for educators and parents for World AIDS Day.

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Young People Are at the Center of Efforts to End the Spread of HIV

UNAIDS released a report in advance of World AIDS Day with hopeful news about the epidemic: there has been nearly a 50 percent reduction in new infections across 25 low and middle income countries. As UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibe put it, “We are moving from despair to hope.” Young people are at the center of that success.

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ELECTION 2012: The Power of the Youth Vote

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Yesterday, any doubt about the power of Millennials was laid to rest. Young people voted at record levels, representing 19 percent of the total voting public – the largest percentage ever, including in the 2008 presidential election.

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Marriage Equality: As Go Millennials, So Goes the Nation

The movement on marriage equality is an example of how quickly change can now occur in our society when propelled by a generation that is technologically savvy and willing to challenge preconceived norms of older generations.

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Young People: The Most Powerful and Untapped Resource in the Battle for Reproductive Justice

With the 39th anniversary of Roe v. Wade a little over a month away, and the 2012 election right around the corner, I can’t help but think about the popularly speculated relationship between abortion rights and young people.

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