What are you advocating for Molly Kathcpole, creator of an online petition that received more than 3000,000 signatures and pressured Bank of America to drop a proposed $5 debit card fee:  I had just graduated college, my loans were coming due, I was working two jobs and counting every penny. Five dollars wasn’t a ton of money, but it was enough to piss me off. Having signed petition on before, I knew it was a good platform. Then I went on Twitter to direct people to my petition. Maybe they weren’t concerned about the fee for themselves, but when they saw me, they saw their granddaughter or niece. It’s important to connect with people on a visceral level. If there’s an issue you care about, start locally: Write a letter to your newspapers or talk about it with your friends and neighbors. Then find others who share your beliefs. As cheesy as it sounds, working together is the only way to achieve anything.

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I love the story above and this young lady’s chutzpa. If you’re a follower of my blog, you know I am all about advocating for myself personally and professionally as a clinical social worker. While positively purging, I am finding many common threads through these articles. I am a believer in the little guy and I am a warrior for youth and young adults, especially when it comes to education and basic needs such a food and shelter. These are things that no one should go without. What are you advocating for? What do you believe needs to change? Stand up, write a letter, or provide your time and energy for whatever good thing you believe in this world.

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