NEW YORK TIMES. Young Activists Practice Their Pitches For Non-Profts. “THE recruits at boot camp are getting their final briefing before going into action. “Explain what you want to do; ask for their help,” said Aria Finger, the 6-foot-tall “drill instructor.” The people in the audience, most of them in their late teens and early 20s, listen and nod earnestly.
“And be clear,” she adds. “We’re going into a loud room with lots of people talking. And a lot of them are old people, so they may be hard of hearing.”
The crowd laughs and then files out of the meeting room in Tribune Tower in Chicago and up to the seventh floor auditorium for “Speed Pitch” — the culmination of their daylong mobilization into what organizers call “an army of change.”
The boot camp is run byDoSomething.org, a New York-based nonprofit that helps motivate and support young people who are interested in volunteering, organizing and fund-raising. The organization has been holding these events in New York, Los Angeles and other cities for four years. The Chicago edition — on Oct. 16 — attracted 75 teenagers and young adults, all of whom seem to have big, bold ideas on how to attack one social ill or another. (Participation in boot camp is free.)