Youth for the Voiceless

Youth for the Voiceless

By Claire Howe
For some time now, I have worked side-by-side with some of the most inspiring, committed, and passionate activists I have ever known… who just happen to be teenagers.
In 2014, through my work as a humane educator at H.E.A.R.T, I began facilitating animal rights clubs at Franklin and Cleveland High Schools in Portland, Oregon. Simple concept: club meetings were held once a week, during lunch, discussion topics and activities ran the animal rights gamut, and periodically, we’d embark on a field trip or volunteer outing. While I was incredibly impressed by the passion of these young people, it didn’t take long for me to realize that there was a desperately lacking sense of community, even in a receptive place like Portland, among young animal rights activists. Yet, as a united front and with the requisite support, these people could be …

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