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 orangutanâ€™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 organizationâ€™s 101 year history.
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.