Activism isn’t just for adults.

We searched across the Bay Area for students who have dedicated a good chunk of their high school experience to fighting for a cause. We were looking for a diverse array of young activists representing different cities and with different perspectives who had good stories to tell about the spark that pushed them to take action.

The result is “Stepping Up,” a short video series featuring four impressive young people working for real change in their communities. Watch each student’s story below.

AND we want to hear from you! Are you — or do you know — a young person who’s passionate about an issue and taken action? Submit your video, audio or written piece to KQED Education’s Fall Youth Media Challenge. Go here for deadlines and submission guidelines.

Stepping Up: Meet Four Teen Activists Fighting for Change in Their Communities 6 November,2017Matthew Green


Matthew Green

Matthew Green produces and edits The Lowdown, KQED’s multimedia news education blog, an online resource for educators and the general public. He previously taught journalism at Fremont High School in East Oakland, and has written for numerous local publications, including the Oakland Tribune and San Francisco Chronicle. Email:; Twitter: @MGreenKQED

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