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 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 was Isabelle Germino and she received a trip, including a parent or chaperone, to the 2016 National Right to Life Convention. She and her parent also heard the wonderful speakers at the Convention and met active students from around the country. As the Massachusetts winner, Isabelle also gave her winning speech at the 2017 Assembly for Life 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. The next scheduled contest is March 24, 2018 at Cardinal Spellman High School in Brockton. Contest participants will be our guests for the Convention and lunch. Anyone considering entering should check the rules, both on the NRLC site and on our site, and register with Dom Bettinelli, MCFL Director of Community Engagement, firstname.lastname@example.org. CLICK HERE for more information.
Youth Summer Academy is an 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.
The goal of these sessions is to form and engage high school students as participants in the pro-life movement. More specifically and immediately, these students become Ambassadors of Life in their respective schools, churches, or homeschooling communities during the school year, both as a leaven and liaison in their respective pro-life clubs. Registration is limited to 25 per program to maximize their experience.
In order to present a thorough overview of the main life issues, the pro-life movement, and the various ways that these students can and should get involved, we hold six weekly sessions. With the exception of the last session (which will include an extra hour), sessions normally consist of a 45-minute expert presentation of content, and a 45-minute interactive workshop, with 30 minutes allotted at the beginning for informal socializing over pizza and soft drinks. The Academy is free for pro-life high school students.
|Find out more about the 2017 Summer Academy, including videos of the talks. Click HERE.|
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.
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. Click if you would like information on any of the above.