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1/20/2022 2 Comments
A Message from Teens Resist
Dear Teens Resist community,
We’re reaching out to announce an indefinite hiatus on Teens Resist content.
We know that we haven’t been in touch for a while, and for that, we apologize. In full transparency, we were transitioning from high school to college, and thinking through what Teens Resist will look like amidst that transition. We’ve arrived at the decision that, unfortunately, Teens Resist can’t be maintained right now in the way that it deserves to be.
Teens Resist staff writers have always been expected to step back once they graduated high school, and we have held that expectation for ourselves, too; for us, a big part of the framework of Teens Resist has been that it is created by-and-for high schoolers. We found that, partially due to the pandemic, we didn’t have the infrastructure in place that would allow Teens Resist to continue smoothly after we stepped back.
We choose the term indefinite hiatus intentionally, because we still believe deeply in the mission behind Teens Resist and the impact we saw in the years it was active. It’s possible that later down the line, there may be a right time to pick it back up in a different (or similar!) format. There is also so much content on our website that we believe will continue to be helpful for young people looking to make a difference. It will serve as a living testament to what we worked towards during a singularly chaotic presidency.
On that note, we want to highlight and celebrate some accomplishments, as well as some of our favorite resources on the site. With your help, we were able to reach over 30,000 visitors on our website, thousands of Instagram followers, and hundreds of email subscribers. Most importantly, we published 81 lists, and hosted over 15 in-person and remote workshops for young people about political advocacy. All of the content we published will remain up on the website.
To check all of this out, you can look to the archive of all our past lists, and our Index by the Issue, which has all of our lists organized by topics they cover. (If there’s a topic you are particularly interested in now and you want to learn more about its recent history, the Index could be a great resource to check out.) We also have many feature-style lists with more general background information and action steps for certain issues. And we continue to be proud of our Basics page, a perfect place to start for anyone unfamiliar with the process of contacting representatives.
We also want to express our deepest gratitude for the amazing staff writers that helped build Teens Resist and produced incredible content over the last four years — this would not have been possible without them. They volunteered so much time and talent to help other teens make a difference. We’d also like to thank everyone who supported us along the way: every organization we worked with, everyone who wrote guest posts, and every person who sent a list they especially loved to their friend.
We have learned some valuable lessons during our time running Teens Resist. Among them, that young people have so much passion and drive when it comes to the hard issues: their capacity to take action should not be underestimated. On a more personal note, TR played a really formative role in our lives — particularly in how it shaped how we think about political organizing as centered in community and small-to-large action.
It makes us sad to let TR go for now. It is an indescribably gratifying feeling to know that any resource we made may have helped someone learn more about the world around us and their role in it. We’re so grateful for all of your support and hope that you continue to fight the good fight.
Peace & power,
Sonia and Kate
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