Gen Z Wants To Change the World — These Career Paths Can Help Them Do It

Three young adults sit down with Oakland Fire Chief Reginald Freeman at a local fire station.
Allison Chan, political director, Save the Bay
Allison Chan, political director, Save the Bay

1. You don’t have to run for election in order to create policy change

“Policy and advocacy is a way to take the information that’s in front of us — the good science that people have done — and say, we’ve got the answer; now someone needs to step up, and be a leader, and make it happen. It’s the way to see the change we envision for the world.” —Allison Chan

Tori Cooper, director of community engagement for the Transgender Justice Initiative at the Human Rights Campaign, poses in front of our green RV
Tori Cooper, director of community engagement for the Transgender Justice Initiative at the Human Rights Campaign, poses in front of our green RV

2. Public service stretches way beyond politics

“Consistently create new spaces. Consistently create new opportunities for growth. Access and opportunity are two of the things that keep us from success. So if myself and others are able to provide greater opportunities, that’s more access.” —Tori Cooper

Victoria Hoang, AmeriCorps apprentice, Community Rebuilds
Victoria Hoang, AmeriCorps apprentice, Community Rebuilds

3. You don’t have to be an activist to build lasting change

“This work is meaningful, and the people that it draws? Those are the people I want to be with.” —Victoria Hoang

If you teach or work with young people who are interested in public service—or who just want to make a difference!—you can encourage them to watch “Serving Change,” our new documentary series following three young adults as they explore public service, fueled by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

They can also visit our new site “Pathways in Public Service” to get connected to volunteer, career, and service learning opportunities in the public sector.

Roadtrip Nation is an educational nonprofit organization that wants to help everyone define their own roads in life. Learn more about who we’re for and what we offer at roadtripnation.com.

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