Social movements often begin with conversations – conversations among everyday people about the change they want to see in their own lives, their communities, and the world. Our movement to end violence also needs to begin there!
Our Revolution is a guide for activists, advocates and allies who are interested in facilitating a conversation among high school students about building a movement for compassionate, peaceful communities with respect, equity, and justice for all human beings.
Listen to a webinar on how to facilitate this vital conversation or read through the guide, reach out to teens, and begin the conversation! Listen now!
During the months of February, March, and April, 75 activists, advocates, or allies who facilitate a conversation and answer a brief survey will be randomly selected for a $100 incentive!
Each month we will select up to 25 persons to receive the incentive. The more conversations you facilitate, the more chances you’ll have to be selected! For those who are selected, our hope is that you will use the incentive towards developing a personal practice that will nurture self-care to sustain your energy over a lifetime of activism.
Learn about FREE Our Revolution campaign materials – posters, brochures, vinyl clings, and more – for your community or school. Click here for the order form.
Our Revolution Campaign has 3 simple steps for your school or community to join in the movement to end violence! Join the movement today!
Persuade young people to get involved in the Our Revolution campaign as part of National Teen Dating Violence Awareness & Prevention Month or continue to use the materials to help maintain the conversation throughout the rest of the year as well.
Harness their awesome energy and unleash it on a cause they care about – relationships. Young people have the vision and the power to lead. Persuading young people to act is not only a good thing but in fact necessary for social change.
Small numbers can make big things happen. There is no magic number of young people needed to launch the Our Revolution campaign.
Reach out to youth leaders, student groups, sports teams, and more! Provide young people resources and support and be sure you have the approval of your school’s administration. Recruit those students who are opinion leaders (not just the ones who sign up to be in leadership clubs) within your school—they can be the ones who really spread the word and impact others! And don’t forget to engage adults! Schools and communities have adult champions – administrators, teachers, school counselors, school resource officers, in-school organization advisors, and coaches.
And don’t forget to engage adults! Schools and communities have adult champions – administrators, teachers, school counselors, school resource officers, in-school organization advisors, and coaches.
Teens care about their friends and their relationships – during adolescence peer relationships are more important than at any other time in our lives. Start by asking young people what they value in a friend or partner, what makes relationships work, and what do they think others need to know to keep their relationships strong. Teens are the experts so ask them to take the lead and your campaign will be more relevant and more effective.
Use these FREE materials during February, National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month, and throughout the rest of the year to inspire young people to choose healthy relationships for themselves and to influence their friends.
The Our Revolution campaign was developed for teens by teens. It features messages about building healthy relationships and compassionate, peaceful communities in ways that are relevant, respectful and meaningful to young people.
Display the posters in common areas around your school where teens hang out (lunchroom, locker rooms, bathrooms, hallways) and in classrooms (teens read posters on the walls in classrooms!). Distribute other materials in fun and creative ways. See below. Submit your order quickly as supplies are limited.
Enhance your campaign by asking students to use the statements provided at the end of this document during morning announcements. Give them an opportunity to adapt the statements or to create new ones in their own words.
Be part of the #OurRevolution Challenge! Any Idaho middle school, junior high school, or high school student or school can submit a photo or video capturing their individual or their school’s vision for a compassionate community or a single revolutionary act (e.g. drawing or painting, spoken word, rally, chalkupy, skit, dance, or music video) on Instagram by May 31st, 2014.
Lead by example and show us all what is possible. We want participants to capture these ideas via photo or video and submit them to Love What’s Real on Instagram by using hashtag #OurRevolution. Our top 50 favorite submissions will receive a limited edition t-shirt, while 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners will receive a cash prize.
Individual Awards 1st place $500, 2nd place $250, and 3rd place $100. Top 50 individual submissions will win a limited-edition t-shirt!
School Awards 1st place $500, 2nd place $250, and 3rd place $100. Top 10 high school, junior high or middle school submissions will win up to 10 limited-edition t-shirts!
For more information on: how to enter, timeline, rules, and more, visit the Love What’s Real #OurRevolution Challenge page