Posted on June 8, 2016.
Engaging, passionate, motivating, and inspiring. These are just some of words were used by Fight Apathy campaign hosts to describe their experience with JSA’s Fight Apathy Campaign this year. With 160,000 students in 300+ schools across 32 states participating in the campaign, the impact on America's youth was significant and the largest campaign yet. Fight Apathy 2016 was astoundingly successful by the numbers, but even more so by the stories. The Fight Apathy campaign was started at one JSA chapter four years ago and has become a large nationwide initiative for JSA chapters since.
Sara Reed, student campaign organizer and Senior at Skyline High School in Sammamish, Washington states, "The Fight Apathy campaign at Skyline high school was incredibly successful. We had over 1,500 students actively participating and voicing their beliefs. The commons were covered in streamers and the classrooms covered with engaging political discussion. Overall, the campaign was an amazing event we can not wait to continue next year!"
This year's Fight Apathy campaign season saw more innovation than ever before. Not only was the campaign being held in elementary and middle schools for the first time, but it was also co-hosted by several different organizations within schools. Fight Apathy reached beyond JSA in new and exciting ways. Students from activism clubs rallying for causes such as poverty relief, feminism, and human rights all hosted the Fight Apathy campaign in their schools this year. These students stated that the Fight Apathy campaign was fulfilling and engaging for students in their school.
Positive feedback continues to prove that Fight Apathy is a worthwhile, effective, and meaningful campaign for ending the stigma that millennials are an apathetic generation. The sticker campaign that started with a single school has turned into a huge event nationwide for the Junior State of America and the future of America.
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Posted on November 13, 2015.
JSA opened registration for the 2016 Fight Apathy campaign, marking its third year as a nationwide initiative. The mission of Fight Apathy is to engage youth in productive, meaningful conversations about the world we live in. During Fight Apathy, student organizers distribute stickers stating “I believe in…” to their peers, allowing them to fill in the blank with their own beliefs. Since its beginnings, Fight Apathy has grown from a single-day event at Bergen County Academies in New Jersey to a two-week, nation wide campaign reaching upwards of 120,000 students per year. This year, Executive Director Hannah Edwards plans to reach over 150,000 students in over 200 schools across the nation.
Fight Apathy 2016 will be held from February 29 – March 11.
To register for the campaign, simply click here: https://jsa.wufoo.com/forms/2016-fight-apathy-registration/.
To purchase a T-Shirt in support of the campaign, visit Teespring.com/FightApathy.
For more information about Fight Apathy, visit fightapathy.org or any of our social media pages.
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Posted on March 25, 2014.
Today my school fought apathy in a way that I found to be extremely inspiring. I attend Danville High School (DHS) in Danville, Kentucky. Not only is DHS the only active JSA chapter in the state, but we are a small school of no more than 500 people. I am proud to say that we involved at least 400 students today in JSA’s Fight Apathy campaign.
It started out with my manning a table early in the morning. As students began to trickle in, their curiosity got the better of them and they wandered over to my table in the lobby, colorfully decorated with Fight Apathy posters. I encouraged everyone I saw to pick up a sticker and write what they believed in. Soon more members of my club came to help me man the table, and that was certainly a good thing because word of the stickers was spreading. I saw mob mentality working in the best way possible. Students were actively seeking out the Fight Apathy table after seeing their friends with stickers.
My student body is incredibly diverse, and as such so were the answers on the Fight Apathy stickers. I saw everything from “I believe in abolishing factory farming” to “I believe in being a successful teen mom”. Throughout the day I saw something unexpected happen all around me. I was shocked to see some of the people that I had expected to be most apathetic standing out and speaking up for what they believe in- many of them being personal and deeply emotional. At the same time, I saw my student body become proud to wear what they believed in throughout the course of the day. In the morning, people were shy and didn’t want to wear their stickers for fear of judgment from peers, but by the end of the day my classmates wore their sticker with a sense of pride that truly came as a surprise to me.
Hearing the hallways filled with “I believe…” and “Let me explain it to you…!” made me realize the impact that this has on students. The best part was when two people from completely different social groups found themselves with the exact same belief. I firmly believe this exercise brought my student body closer together by exposing how similar many of our beliefs are. This sense of belonging was missing at Danville High School, though we had been striving hard to make it happen. Fight Apathy was exactly what my school needed to encourage students to speak up, break down social barriers, and most importantly, stand up for what they believe in.
Danville High School JSA Vice President
Learn more about the Fight Apathy Campaign at fightapathy.jsa.org.
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