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Youth In Action participants have access to community service opportunities, elective school credit for participation and field trips. Brave New Films new series – Following Their Lead: Youth in Action – to spotlight young leaders across the country who are creating positive change on critical social and political issues.

Youth In Action

YIA’s focus is on creating opportunities for youth to become their best selves, to address power imbalances that stifle the potential of youth from lower-income communities and young people of color, and to create more caring and fair public institutions and systems. To accomplish this, youth at YIA engage in four types of learning and their applications: project based learning to practice leadership and critical thinking; service learning to address the urgent and basic needs of our surrounding community; cooperative learning to develop social change toolkits and peer connection; and adventure learning to inspire young people to look beyond their immediate environments.

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Youth leaders have been instrumental in leading progressive movements throughout American history. During the Civil Rights Movement, young people played a pivotal role in ending segregation through nonviolent sit-ins and walk-outs. Youth organizers in the late sixties were responsible for lowering the voting age to 18. And more recently, Parkland students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School organized one of the largest youth-led protests to date, mobilizing over 1.2 million people for the March for Our Lives protest.

Young people are still using their collective power to lead change-making movements. Our series – Following Their Lead: Youth in Action – spotlights youth-led advocacy groups across the country who are creating positive change on critical social and political issues.

Young people are experts on their lives and the change they want to see in the world; they also bear the consequences of today’s decision-making. Their voices are powerful and should be heard. The youth voice needs to be at the decision-making table for all issues. Their help is essential for an inclusive and responsive democracy.

Following Their Lead: Youth In Action • Citizen University

The first video in the series features Youth Rise Texas, an Austin-based organization comprised of youth leaders impacted by incarceration and deportation.

Historically, Black, Latinx and young voters have had the smallest turnout rates in U.S. elections. So, leading up to the 2018 midterm elections, Youth Rise Texas organized a voter mobilization event for young people and minorities in east Austin.

Young people are experts on their lives and the issues that impact them. Their voices should be heard. Please watch and share!

Brave New Fellows Program

SIGN UP for a unique paid fellowship opportunity for people from racially diverse and marginalized communities.

At Brave New Films we champion social justice issues by using media to inspire, empower, motivate, engage and teach civic participation that makes a difference. The Brave New Fellows Program envisions a world in which visual storytellers from all racial and economic groups have a voice and a place in creating media that has an impact. The program seeks to help break down systemic barriers by empowering fellows with tools and training to become stronger activists and versatile advocates for social justice.


The Brave New Fellows Program seeks passionate, driven, and creative people who have a desire to use storytelling as a means to positively impact the world, specifically in the areas of racial justice, economic justice, and global security. Fellows will benefit from hands-on experience and build practical skills in filmmaking and advocacy.

You can find more information on how to apply at http://www.bravenewfilms.org/fellowships. Please help us spread the word! If you know of anyone who may be interested or any groups that can share the information, send them our link.

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