Teens Recommend That You Use an “I Statement”
More advice for teens by teens about being a self-advocate: Sometimes, when we’re trying to get our point across, we need to consider framing it differently. The “I statement” is a conversation tool that can be the first step in advocating for yourself. It reframes a tough conversation around your feelings and experiences and allows you to take responsibility for your side of things. If something seems unfair, you could use an “I statement” such as, “I don’t think it is fair because…” These statements will demonstrate maturity and allow you to advocate for yourself.
This article was written by the former chair of our Youth Advisory Board, Sarah Hinstorff, with contributions by Youth Advisory Board members Gaby Baum and Justin Robinson.