Pro-Life Youth Activism
Did you know that 52% of the women who have abortions are between the ages of 18-24? This is why it is so important that young people are active and supportive pro-life presence in our schools and communities.
Pro-Life Youth Activism has always been an important part of the Pro-Life Movement. Young people often have the time and energy to devote themselves to the cause of justice–often working tirelessly for the benefit of the vulnerable. In addition to their front-line activism the youth of today are the leaders of tomorrow. No matter how shopworn the old cliché that the youth are the future may become, it will never become less true.
Are you a pro-life junior-high, high-school, or college student who wants to do something to protect the dignity and sanctity of every human life? Do you want to help inform, educate, and activate your peers. The resources provided here can help you do just that.
We have some offer some exciting opportunities for students and young adults to live out their pro-life leadership!
National Right to Life video contest for young people, 15-25
Deadline for submission each year is usually in June. See the NRLC web site for rules and details.
Dr Mildred F Jefferson Oratory Contest.
High school juniors and seniors (or the equivalent homeschooling levels) may win a chance in this contest to represent Massachusetts in Washington, DC!
The 2016 winner is Isabelle Germino and she will receive a trip, including a parent or chaperone, to the National Right to Life Convention, July 7-9, 2016. She and her parent will also hear the wonderful speakers at the Convention and meet active students from around the country. As the Massachusetts winner, Isabelle also will give her winning speech at the Assembly for Life, Jan 22,2017 in Faneuil Hall.
Please note that the Massachusetts contest is held every other year, so juniors should be sure to participate when eligible. The contest is held during the MCFL Convention. Contest participants will be our guests for the Convention and lunch. Anyone considering entering should check the rules, on the NRLC site and register with Linda Thayer, MCFL Vice-President of Educational Affairs, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pulse New England is a one-day immersive experience for high school students who are training to be pro-life leaders today. It is designed to inspire young people to be persuasive and compassionate voices for life. Developed in partnership with the New England Life and Leadership Project of National Right to Life, Pulse carries out the mission of MCFL’s successful Summer Academy.
In the summer of 2016, Pulse has two dates and locations: July 15 at Dane Street Church in Beverly, and July 23 at Boston College in Brighton. For more information, visit PulseNewEngland.com or contact Sarah Mary Toce by phone (857-301-9101) or via email. You may also download the Pulse New England flyer to print and post or to share.
Student Lobby Days
Open to all ages, but most appropriate for high school students, the day includes a presentation of MCFL legislation pending at the State House, an overview of the legislative process by pro-life legislators, a tour of the State House, free lunch, and lobby visits to legislators who represent visiting students. Ideal group size is 15-25, so we suggest members of a U.S. History or a biology class or members of a pro-life or other club.
Please encourage your teacher or club advisor to arrange for your day. Contact MCFL at email@example.com.
Start a Group
Follow these simple steps, and you will be well on your way to having a successful pro-life group, changing the culture, and saving lives on your school!
- Get Educated
- Know Your School
- Find like-minded people who are willing to help start a group with you.
- Become an Official School Group
- Find and Develop New Members
- Manage the Group
To learn more about each of these steps, visit StudentsForLife.org.
Pro-Life Youth Resources
- Pro-Life Young Women
- Pro-Life Young Men
- When they say__________, You Say ____________________.
- Tips for A Pro-Life Research Paper
- Teens and Abortion: An NRLC Informational Flyer
After you’ve looked the information over, you might even consider joining MCFL as a Youth Member and helping to decide where to take the Pro-Life Movement in the future.
Photo: George Martell/Pilot New Media. Used with Permission.