Hey Teens: Advocate for Yourself

Teens, want to know one of the most important skills you need to get through adulthood? Self-advocacy. And now is the time to practice it. Self-advocacy is knowing when to ask for help or recognizing that you need to speak up. It means pointing out when you’re ready for a challenge or privilege and knowing when something feels beyond your abilities. It starts with making “I” statements to express your feelings. As in, “I feel that self-advocacy is a very important life skill.” You will practice self-advocacy your whole life, so get a head start right now. 

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About Melissa Ford

Melissa Ford is the senior strategist at Women Online. As a writer, she covers a diverse range of topics including education, health, technology, and parenting. She is also the mother of amazing twin teens.

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