Young people are pissed. As they get shot in schools, see their rights erode and their planet deteriorate, the supposed adults are just sitting back and watching. No more.
In the next four years, 17 million first time voters will go to the polls to demand change. We wanted to harness their energy and send a message to politicians that Generation Z is mad, determined and engaged. So, we used the biggest stage they have: their high school commencement speeches.
In May and June of 2017, we corralled valedictorians in over 100 cities across the nation to donate 60 seconds of their graduation speeches to share a pledge about the issues that matter most to them: safety from gun violence, action on climate change, and equality across race, gender and sexual orientation.