My name is Alix Swann. I am a 17-year-old high school junior, and I am an activist. Activism is important to me because I am always looking toward the future. I want to live in a world where everyone has equal rights and opportunities. I fight for the ones whofullsizerender cannot fight for themselves. I fight for the ones who are too blind to see the truth. I fight for the generations after me.  It angers me that there is so much injustice, and the politicians and people on top are not doing all they can to fix it.

Being a young black woman has given me life experience that many people will never receive. And after this past year, working to start a movement to diversify application programs within my school district, the most important thing I’ve learned is that youth hold the key. If I had the chance to say one thing to the entire world at once, it would be that.

Many young people are silenced and pushed to the side. By their parents, by their teachers, and even by their friends. But the brightest ideas always come from the youth.
Who was sitting in at the lunch counters during the civil rights movement?
Who created the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee?
Who risked their mental and physical well being to integrate schools?
The energy and passion of the youth is what creates change in the world. We hold so much power, yet the intensity with which it is stifled amazes me. The youth of this generation hold the key, and we shall not be silenced.