It's time to remind young people how truly powerful they are.
Unfortunately, like many of us, students hear the stories about the doom and gloom that awaits them. And, like many, the first response is often simply to shrug one's shoulders and turn on the television or turn up the iPod.
Yes, our next generation faces serious challenges. But, unlike at any other time in recorded human history, this generation is connected in a way that makes serious change not only possible, but inevitable. We are seeing it play out -- in real life -- around the world as young people (and young at heart) work together to demand change -- to demand better -- of their government, their media, their educators, their financial and social systems. Sometimes the change is big and global. Sometimes the change is small and personal. It all counts.
Change begins by believing change is possible. And that belief begins one person at a time, from looking within — and feeling their power to be the change they want to see.
We have seen the power of young people. Our goal, as we travel the country talking to students and their teachers, is to remind our next generation of who they are and what they can do.
To remind them of the power of a simple armband.
Since our dream for the Tinker Tour was born last fall, Mike and I have been humbled to receive endorsements from many of the country's leading civics education, social studies education, civil righs and journalism education and journalism groups, including:
American Civil Liberties Union
American Society of News Editors Youth Journalism Initiative
Associated Collegiate Press
Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication
Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools
Center for Scholastic Journalism
Close Up Foundation
College Media Advisers
The First Amendment Center
The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education
Journalism Education Association
Junior National Young Leaders Conference
Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
National Constitution Center
National Council for the Social Studies
National Scholastic Press Association
Robert H. Smith Center for the Constitution at James Madison’s Montpelier
Society of Professional Journalists
Student Press Law Center
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