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Activist Spotlight: Juliet Homes

This Spotlight interview was conducted by SLP intern Ella Katagas, a senior at Edward R. Murrow High School in Brooklyn, New York. Juliet Homes, 17, is a sustainability activist from New York City. Raised in Manhattan, Juliet now attends Northfield

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Activist Spotlight: Beatrice Phiri

Beatrice Phiri, 23, was born and raised in Lusaka, Zambia. She is a youth reporter for multiple organizations including Agents of Change Foundation and Children’s Radio Foundation. Beatrice’s weekly radio programs cover climate change and environmental sustainability and reach a

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Activist Spotlight: Joshua Borokinni

Joshua Borokinni, a 20 year old activist from Lagos, Nigeria shares his inspiring work as a climate activist and social innovator. Joshua is the founder of Borokinni Joshua Initiative, an organization that focuses on social innovation, youth engagement, sustainable development

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Activist Spotlight: Nabila Abbas

Nabila Abbas, 23, spoke with SLP from her home in a remote area of Pakistan. Growing up in conservative tribal area, Nabila found it challenging, but essential, to break out of the limited role offered to girls in her community.

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Earth Day 2020: A Virtual Day of Advocacy

So what exactly is Earth Day? In 1969, founder Gaylord Nelson, then a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, came up with the idea for a national day to focus on the environment after witnessing the ravages of a massive oil spill

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Activist Spotlight: Jalen Kobayashi

In this month’s Spotlight installment, we bring you a conversation with Jalen Kobayashi, a poet and rapper from Chicago. Jalen uses his art to explore themes that focus on Chicago, the impoverishment and marginalization of minority groups, and social justice.

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SLP Students Bring Impassioned Advocacy to Vermont State House

A group of forty ten and eleven year olds at Founders Memorial School in Essex, Vermont participated in the fall session of SLP’s Residency Program. After brainstorming more than thirty social issues of concern, these passionate 4th graders chose to

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Activist Spotlight: Carlos Rodriguez

In this month’s Spotlight installment, we bring you a conversation with Carlos Rodriguez, a youth activist from New York City (born in Queens and raised in the Bronx). Carlos is extremely passionate about empowering and bringing positive social change to

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Is Civics Education a Constitutional Right?

The U.S. public school system was created, in large part, to prepare young people to be capable, engaged citizens. Since the mid-20th century, however, most schools have neglected their responsibility to prepare students for civic participation: it’s been well-documented that

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Activist Spotlight: Freshta Tori Jan

In the final installment of our 2019 Spotlight Series, we bring you a conversation with Freshta Tori Jan, a truly incredible young woman who witnessed and experienced daily injustice growing up in Kabul, Afghanistan. Read on to learn how her

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