Action 1. Time: 5 to 7 minutes. Level of difficulty: Easy.
First of all, thanks for the overwhelming support for ONE Act a Week. We sent out a survey to a few of our members last week, and more than 600 of you responded. I was happy to see that my blog post, “How to become a better, stronger activist,” got some good feedback, too. So without further ado, I’d like to present the very first ONE Act a Week assignment: send a message of encouragement to African youth.
In our latest Profiles and Perspectives Project video, “The Future of Africa,” teenage students from the African Leadership Academy (ALA), a pan-African school in South Africa, discuss how technology is helping them learn, connect and drive Africa forward. Watch the video, then leave a message of encouragement for the students using the report back tool below.
Tell them anything you want (hopefully, nice things!). Share your Twitter handle, tell them about your favorite blog or even ask them to friend you on Facebook. Feel free to address your message to an individual from the video, or to all of them if you wish. Once we get all your notes, we’ll send them to ALA for the students to read. How’s that for connecting the dots?
Report your action here:
This action is particularly timely because First Lady Michelle Obama is on her first state visit to Africa — and one of the major themes of her trip is youth in Africa. If you want to go the extra mile, tweet this action with the #youngafrica hashtag on Twitter. The folks at @WhiteHouse, @USAID and @StateDept are watching the feed, so maybe you’ll get retweeted!
You have one week to complete this assignment. Next Friday, we’ll highlight our favorite messages and have a new action for you. And in case you are totally confused about how ONE Act a Week works, I drew a little map for you…