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Teenager: Created 'Fight Apathy Campaign' to Inspire Change

By    |   Tuesday, 07 Jul 2015 06:52 PM

The Fight Apathy Campaign started by 19-year-old Andrew Plotch is helping teenagers to create change, he tells Newsmax.

Apathy is a problem "not just [for] teenagers" but also in "society," Plotch told Ed Berliner on "MidPoint" on Newsmax TV on Tuesday. 

"But if we start with teenagers through civic engagement and civic education then we can inspire life long doers — people that want to create change that they look to see in the world," he explained.

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Plotch is one of the 2015 winners of the Helen Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Award, which is was given for starting the Fight Apathy Campaign by handing out blank stickers that included the phrase "I Believe In . . ." to students, who would then fill in the remainder of the sticker with something they felt passionate about.

He told Newsmax that he got the idea in 2011 during the Occupy Wall Street Movement.

"I was walking around and I realized it was about so much more than just income equality," Plotch said. "It was about people making a stand and talking about what they were passionate about. It's spread far beyond Zucotti Park to the coffee shop around the corner and the pizza place down the street."

"These were people that cared, so I thought, 'Why can't I start these conversations at my school too?'" he explained.

"These little stickers — they start conversations and they transform a classroom, a cafeteria, a hallway and the school becomes a hot bed for political discussion catalyzing conversations," he added.


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