Gen Z doesn’t shy away from the problems it’s facing — this generation tackles issues head-on.
These five Gen Z activists are reshaping their communities and leaving their mark on the world. Meet Winter BreeAnne, Sage Grace Dolan-Sandrino, Sara Mora, Shannon Lisa and Alliyah Logan — young women who are fighting for a more equitable society and teaching adults a thing or two in the process.
Check out these five Gen Z activists in their own words.
“When the Parkland shooting happened, I remember the whole class kind of like pausing,” BreeAnne told In The Know. “I ended up organizing the national school walkouts that happened in March of 2018 after the Parkland shooting. About 2.3 million students walked out of the schools and that was like another really big moment.”
Sage Grace Dolan-Sandrino
“I had a thought. What would a media platform built for and by young artists of color look like?” Dolan-Sandrino said. “I decided to create a community that is accessible to other young artists to build their work and build their creative community.”
Mora is a 22-year-old immigrant rights activist from San Jose, Costa Rica.
“When Trump rescinded DACA it was like such a national reaction from my community,” Mora explained. “It was like the angriest I have ever been in my life. Then what if I share my story. And when I did I met with the lead Senator of New Jersey which is Cory Booker. There is so much room for young people and people impacted to speak out.”
She shared advice for those who might not be sure how to get involved.
“Even if you are a young person that’s not directly impacted at all, you still have a voice as a young person,” Mora said. “You could use your voice to impact others to realize that they’re not being sensitive to issues and be the cause leader for that. Be the one educating others as you go.”
Lisa is a 22-year-old environmental activist and a “toxic detective” as the program director at the Edison Wetlands Association, a non-profit with the mission of protecting human health and the environment in New Jersey.
“Polluters when they have wastes from their manufacturing process and they don’t have a strong oversight,” Lisa explained. “Well, they just dispose of their garbage wherever. They can cause everything from cancer to liver damage and brain damage. It’s such a high stakes issue. These are poisons we’re dealing with.”
“I focus a lot of my activism on empowering Black youth,” Logan said. “A lot of schools with predominantly Black and Brown students or students a part of a low-income community, are encountering the prison industrial system without actually knowing it.”
But Logan wasn’t shy about Gen Z’s ability to change all of that.
“I’m just so proud to be a part of a generation of people who are so motivated and so driven to be able to directly change their community,” Logan said.
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