CHANGE STARTS WITH A PASSION

HELPING STUDENTS MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Life is not a dress rehearsal. Stop practicing what you're going to do and just go do it. --Marilyn Grey

Be still when you have nothing to say; when genuine passion moves you, say what you’ve got to say, and say it hot. --D. H. Lawrence

They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel. --Carl W. Buechne

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. --Winston Churchill

A passive and ignorant citizenry will never create a sustainable world. --Andrew Gaines

Opportunity does not knock, it presents itself when you beat down the door. --Kyle Chandler

Young People CAN Make a Difference!

"Most people would view my age as a disadvantage when trying to enact change within the Girl Scout organization as well as the greater palm oil industry. But because I’m young, I have the luxury of imagining a vision that appears irrational and I can dream in a way that is not limited by an adult’s perspective."

Note: Hey guys! I wanted to share stories from my activism journey with you and share my advice. I designed a key which you will see throughout the website.
MA stands for "My Advice" 
IME stands for "In my Experience" 

STUDENT ACTIVISM TOOLKIT

This website is designed to help students identify their passions, and show them one step at a time, how they can grow their projects to make change within their local and global communities. 

I have designed and shared tools and resources to support students on their activism journey.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Madison Vorva is an environmentalist, youth activist and Girl Scout. When she was 11 years old, Madison and her friend Rhiannon earned their Girl Scout Bronze Awards by raising awareness about the endangered orangutan. She discovered that the orangutan’s rainforest habitat in Indonesia is being cleared to plant massive palm oil plantations. Palm oil production is also linked to child and slave labor. Madison was shocked to find that palm oil was an ingredient in the Girl Scout cookies she had sold since first grade. Madison and Rhiannon created Project ORANGS (Orangutans Really Appreciate and Need Girl Scouts) to bring this issue to the attention of their national organization.

After organizing the support of hundreds of thousands of consumers and appearing in national media outlets including the Wall Street Journal, TIME Magazine and ABC World news, Madison and Rhiannon met with Girl Scouts USA at their national headquarters. In 2011, Girl Scouts USA adopted their palm oil policy. This is the first policy change driven directly by girls in the organization’s 101 year history.

Madi Vorva

Today, Madison is a freshman at Pomona College in Claremont, California. She continues her activism by showing consumers how their everyday purchases have global impacts. She believes that young people have tremendous power to make a difference for people, animals, and the environment within their local and global communities.