How can i take action?
I'M A YOUNG PERSON
We at The Representation Project are inspired by young people every day. Whether you’re organizing against sexist dress codes, creating boundary-pushing art, deconstructing masculinity or speaking out against stereotypes – you’re part of changing our culture for the better!
To help you change culture, we have a number of programs and opportunities for young people ages 14-24. Join our Global Youth Advisory Council, attend our #DisruptTheNarrative: Youth Leadership Summit or become an online advocate through our Be A Rep Program. The Representation Project is a place for you to grow your organizing skills, learn how to share your stories, and become up-standers that take action against social injustice.
WHAT'S IT LIKE TO BE A REP?
JOIN OUR TEAM
We're excited to host our second annual #DisruptTheNarrative: Youth Leadership Summit on August 5 at Lucasfilm in San Francisco. This intensive, immersive experience will bring together more than 200 youth leaders (age 16-24) who are eager to acquire language and skills to lead on equality, ground their leadership practice in an understanding of their unique selves, and create a personal action plan to drive cultural change. Join us!
The Global Youth Advisory Council was created in 2015 to support and amplify the voices of amazing young people, like YOU, who make a difference. Meet our 2017-2018 class!
GET INVOLVED IN
10 SECONDS: SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS AND FOLLOW US ON SOCIAL
Join the movement by following us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter! Follow Miss Representation for more on women and girls’ issues, The Mask You Live In to explore American masculinity, and The Representation Project to learn more about challenging and overcoming stereotypes.
100 SECONDS: TAKE ACTION
- Take the pledge and start receiving our weekly actions about how to create change in your local community.
- Download our conversation starters for Student Athletes and Youth Leaders and get talking!
10 MINUTES: CHANGE THE CONVERSATION
- Do you see a commercial, film, magazine, radio, or television show that negatively portrays youth or gender norms? Organize your friends to tweet at the media makers using the hashtag #NotBuyingIt. You’ll be joined by a community of consumer watchdogs, who’ve caused companies such as GoDaddy, Amazon, and BudLight to change their ways – so don’t be intimidated! See something that defies stereotypes in a good way? Don’t forget to celebrate and encourage those who are doing it right with #MediaWeLike.
- To hold Hollywood accountable, grade your favorite show with #TheRepTest, which looks at overall representation in film, television, and video games and encourages more diversity. For specific quizzes on how media portrays women check out the #MissRepTest, LGBT characters check out the #PrideTest, and men check out the #BeyondTheMask test. Then, share the results on social media and don’t forget to tag the media makers.
- Check out videos like “Masculinity in Popular Culture” and more on our YouTube page. Share the ones you like with your friends and talk about their themes.
10 HOURS: SPREAD THE MESSAGE
- Research and write an article for your student paper or tumblr.
- Plan a movie night for your friends or family to watch The Mask You Live In or Miss Representation. Use our Miss Representation House Party Toolkit and The Mask You Live In Home Screening Discussion Guide to get started.
- Use our resources (like our videos, infographics, and conversation starters) to raise awareness about gender, media, culture, and inequality. Share them on your social media channels, print them and put them up on your locker, and use them as backup when talking or writing about gender inequality.
10 DAYS: CREATE OR SHARE POSITIVE REPRESENTATIONS
- Write your own stories or make your own films / web series with male and female role models in non-traditional roles.
- Market and host a screening of Miss Representation or The Mask You Live In in your community. See our Miss Representation and The Mask You Live In screening guide tips to get started.
10 WEEKS: JOIN FORCES
- Create a club or organize a group in your community or school to regularly discuss limiting stereotypes and social injustices. Use the resources on this and partner sites to keep the conversation going.
- Attend our Disrupt the Narrative: Youth Leadership Summit.
1 YEAR: REPRESENT YOUTH
- Join the Global Youth Advisory Council to represent and amplify youth voices.
TOOLS TO GET YOU STARTED
#TheRepTest is a media literacy tool, sparking conversation about overall representation in film, television, and video games and encouraging more diversity in the entertainment industry.
We want complex, dynamic female characters we can relate to! Take the #MissRepTest to see if a female character positively represents girls and women or if she falls back on familiar gender stereotypes.
The LGBT community is often misrepresented in the media, who sometimes reduce LGBT characters to stereotypes and punchlines. Take this quiz to find out how well a character represents the LGBT community and tweet the character’s grade at the media makers.
At The Representation Project, "Beyond The Mask" refers to actions or behaviors that go beyond the narrow definition of what it means to "be a man." Join us and grade male characters as role models.
'Miss Representation' Conversation Starters
Lead activities with your class, youth group, or club. Together, you'll consider the ways mainstream media shapes beliefs and practices when it comes to women and girls. The Mask You Live In resources coming soon.
Student athletes, use these tools to examine how media shapes beliefs about behavior, informs self-concepts, and perpetuates limiting stereotypes about girls and women. The Mask You Live In resources coming soon.
Start a conversation with your friends about the media you watch and what it's teaching you. The Mask You Live In resources coming soon.