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

do your research

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In order to become an effective advocate, you need to know your facts! After picking your cause, it’s time to do some research. Start with the basic questions: who, what, where, why, when, how. Remember that human rights and environmental issues are connected so look at your topic through both lenses. Search for already existing groups and organizations who are working on solutions. Don’t be afraid to email experts and nonprofits with your questions. You can even email with a request for a conference call so you can ask all of your questions and have a discussion. After getting answers to the basics, it’s time to reach out and form some partnerships.

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When doing research it’s important to get your facts from varied, credible sources. You can start at a local library or online database. While most of the information you need can be found online, you want to make sure your information isn’t biased or just plain wrong. Look for established institutions or groups who do research on the ground wherever the issue is occurring. Search for news, articles, videos on your topic. Search social media pages to see what related groups are already established.