This week, the Center for Reproductive Rights and the Young People For the American Way Fellowship joined forces to bring student activists from across the country together in Washington, DC to explore the importance of having a public voice to make meaningful change through our OpEd Project Write to Change the World 1-day workshop.
For more than 20 years, the Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR) has used the law to advance reproductive freedom as a fundamental human right. CRR is especially committed to supporting and engaging the next generation of reproductive rights advocates, and in yesterday’s program they sponsored 20 fellows from the Young People for the American Way (YP4) Fellowship to participate in our Write to Change the World workshop. The YP4 Fellowship is a leadership development program that helps a diverse set of student leaders turn their ideas into actions that advance social change on their campuses and in their communities.
The participants — students from universities and colleges across the country — were identified as strong spokespeople for the movement for reproductive rights, health, and justice. The day was led by OpEd Project Senior Leaders Deborah Douglas and Michele Weldon who led participants in live experiments in credibility, explored the differences in being right and being effective, and pushed themselves to think bigger so that we can have greater influence and value in the world. We were thrilled and honored to work with these exceptional young activists and can’t wait to see what they do next.