Think of a time when you had to do something that was beyond your ability and strength. What did you do to get help? For many of us, our first reaction would probably be to seek help from another. Helping one another is an indispensable component of a healthy relationship, family, and community. At the core of social justice activism is the hope to create a just society where each citizen and community plays its part to help one another. Therefore, in our journey to do good and justice in this world, it is vital that we don’t go alone, but together. It’s just better to go together.
There are three reasons that journeying together on a team is better. First, each individual brings with them unique abilities, talents, and resources, that when mixed with what the others bring, can create amazing solutions and results in and through the team. Often, you discover who you are and what you are to do in your relationship to others, for the most meaningful life is tied to being in relationship with and helping others.
Second, a team is place where you can give and receive help. A famous proverb says, “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up.” Discouragement, pain, and failures will often look to overwhelm us in the work of social justice activism, therefore having teammates who can encourage and help one another up is vital to keep persevering.
And finally, it is with a team that the impact for what you are fighting for can be multiplied and turned into a movement. We, at World Vision Youth Canada, believe in the power of youth activist journeying together as team. From coast to coast, we are witnessing teams of youth rallying their communities to believe in a better future for the world’s most vulnerable children. Through the 30 Hour Famine, we are seeing teams of youth using their abilities, talents, and resources to raise awareness about global hunger and child protection, to raise funds to help communities with insecure food supplies, and to build up one another. With the commitment to encourage and help one another, these youth teams are demonstrating that it is possible to make a difference. Although, one team’s action may seem small, added up they are fueling a movement that is impacting lives and brining people together. Margaret Meed was right in her observation: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”