American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California

The ACLU is dedicated to defending the civil liberties of all people.  Students can start an ACLU club on their campus, attend their student conference, and help in other ways.  Each summer, the ACLU and a group of high school students travel throughout California for seven days to explore a controversial issue in-depth.

Amnesty International USA

Where there has been a call to action, to stand up and speak out, young people have been there, leading the fight for social justice. Getting involved with Amnesty International is one way to join that fight.  You can participate in Amnesty International letter writing campaigns, start an Amnesty International group at your school, sign up for Amnesty’s free email newsletter for students volunteer, or become a member.

Global Exchange

Global Exchange is an international human rights organization dedicated to promoting environmental, social and political justice. They have a structured summer internship program, which requires you to work there a minimum of 20 hours a week for two-three months.

Youth Activism Project

Many adults recognize that the long tradition of making decisions for youth without youth has failed.  Getting the powers-that-be to take seriously the ideas and solutions offered by the next generation is not as difficult as you might expect. Youth Activism is a youth advocate resource center.

Youth Noise

Speak out. Take Action. MAKE SOME NOISE! YouthNoise fills dangerous a silence in global culture by giving youth voices to make a stand.