Student-led Movements & Initiatives

Student-led Movements and Initiatives features organizations where students create networks, build community, or organize for a common purpose. Many initiatives fight against a social injustice or work to create change within a community. The below movements, organizations, and initiatives highlight various ways students engage in character developing activities.

Sierra Student Coalition

Sierra-Club-300x202.jpgThe Sierra Student Coalition (SSC) is a broad network of high school and college-aged youth from across the country working to protect the environment. Their mission is “to train, empower, and organize youth to run effective campaigns that result in tangible environmental victories and that develop leaders for the environmental movement.”

CampusActivism.org_-300x199.jpg This website provides a means for student organizations and activists to learn about activism resources, events, and network building. The website can be utilized to start a campaign, share activism resources, publicize events, and build networks.




National Youth Rights Association

Youth-Rights-300x225.jpgNYRA is a youth-led national non-profit organization dedicated to fighting for the civil rights and liberties of young people. In the grand tradition of the civil rights movements in the past, we seek to write a new chapter, and create a world where people are not judged by their birth date, but by the content of their character.




Energy Action Coalition

Energy-Action-Coalition-2-300x200.jpgWorking with hundreds of campus and youth groups, dozens of youth networks, and hundreds of thousands of young people, Energy Action Coalition and its partners have united a burgeoning movement behind winning local victories and coordinating on state, regional, and national levels in the United States and Canada.



Young America’s Foundation

Young-Americas-Foundation-300x225.jpgYoung America’s Foundation is committed to ensuring that increasing numbers of young Americans understand and are inspired by the ideas of individual freedom, a strong national defense, free enterprise, and traditional values.





The Roosevelt Institute Campus Network

Roosevelt-Institute-1-300x225.jpgAdding policy papers to picket signs, the Network engages young people in activism fueled by innovative, student ideas. The Roosevelt Institute Campus Network brings together thousands of thinkers and doers working to redefine the rules that guide social and economic realities.






Peace-Jam-300x227.jpg“The mission of the PeaceJam Foundation is to create young leaders committed to positive change in themselves, their communities and the world through the inspiration of Nobel Peace Laureates who pass on the spirit, skills, and wisdom they embody.”






SustainUS-300x195.jpgSustainUS is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization of young people advancing sustainable development and youth empowerment in the United States. Through proactive education, research, and advocacy at the policy-making and grassroots levels, we are building a future in which all people recognize the inherent equality and interdependence of social, economic, and environmental sustainability.