We Are Not at Risk is a youth-led, social media campaign to build awareness and change linguistic behaviors. The campaign calls attention to, and changes, the harmful rhetoric around youth and lifts up the voices of young leaders.
We Are Not at Risk challenges our communities – especially the media and nonprofits – to “Watch Your Words” and stop using coded racist and colonialist language to describe and talk about youth.
#wearenotatrisk #y4l #youth4liberation
Take the pledge
I will watch my words.
I pledge to be intentional in my words when I speak to or about young people. I pledge to correct media, nonprofits, and funders when they use coded language to describe youth. I pledge to stand with young leaders as they work to transcend the harmful narratives around youth, as they take control of their own stories.
Anti-racist decolonizing framework for talking about and describing young people
Check out our guide for organizations, funders, educational institutions, and media outlets.
Download the handout [PDF]
Meet some of the young leaders behind the campaign
3 ways to support our campaign
Since we launched our We Are Not at Risk campaign, youth around the world have facilitated discussions, exhibits, and other social action projects to spread the word.
Here's what you can do:
1. Download, print, and create your own “We are not at risk” sign. Take a photo of yourself holding it, and share it on social media using #wearenotatrisk, #y4l, and #youth4liberation.
2. Share messages, images, and videos from young people on social media by reposting from the #wearenotatrisk, #y4l, and #youth4liberation hashtags.
3. Plan social actions related to the We Are Not At Risk campaign in your community, including panel discussions, roundtables, art exhibits, day of silence, poetry slams, etc. Share photos and stories on social media using our hashtags. Click here for some ideas.
And don't forget to take the pledge! Get your community to join us in this global ask to stop the harmful words we use to talk about young people.