There are 3 billion young people around the world, each with their own story. The words we all use to describe youth should focus on their assets and humanity—centering on the wholeness of the individual. But media outlets big and small often forgo well-rounded representations of young people in favor of descriptions that dehumanize and criminalize.
Our youth-led campaign “We Are Not At-Risk” focuses on transforming the stories that media tell about young people.
Join us by taking part in our campaign from Jan. 6-21!
If you are a member of the media, take the pledge to adopt our framework for telling stories about youth.
For more ideas on how we can all stand with young people, scroll down to our "3 ways we can all take action" below.
Follow the hashtags: #wearenotatrisk #3billionstrong
Media, journalists, and bloggers: Take the pledge
Our “We Are Not At-Risk” urges media outlets, journalists, and bloggers to stand with 3 billion youth around the world by signing our pledge to:
- Bring more youth voices into media narratives.
- Frame stories about young people in humanistic ways that do not contribute to their oppression.
- Shed light on systemic challenges (e.g. unemployment) many young people face and solutions they create in their communities.
3 ways we can all take action to stand with young people
1. Follow the hashtags #wearenotatrisk and #3billiongstrong on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
- Like, comment on, and repost stories and images.
- When you share a post, be sure to tag your local media outlets (blogs, magazines, TV stations, newspapers, journalists, etc.) and encourage them to take the pledge at afsc.org/notatrisk.
- If you are a young person, share your own story on social media.
2. Contact local media outlets that you are familiar with through email, phone, social media, or our postcards (download them here).
- Encourage them to take the pledge and adopt the Youth Media Framework.
3. Host a story gathering event featuring visual art or written stories in your community to:
- Discuss the “We Are Not At-Risk” campaign and Youth Media Framework.
- Give attendees postcards for the media, which they can fill out and address to journalists, bloggers, and others.
- As a group, drop off postcards off at a media outlet or mail them in.
- Take pictures of your event and share on social media using #wearenotatrisk #3billionstrong.
Download our guide with more event tips