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Sandy activist's idea featured in nationwide social change challenge

Joslynn Bigelow will receive $500 to continue her campaign


A Sandy resident’s idea to encourage young people to take action on discrimination and bullying is being featured in a nationwide social change campaign.

DoSomething.org, an online nonprofit organization that encourages young people, ages 13-25, to get involved in their communities as activists for social change, partnered with sponsor Toyota to create a seven-day challenge: The Hunt.

In preparing for the campaign that calls young people to a new action every day, DoSomething turned to its members for their ideas being active in different social issues.

“This is the first time we’ve opened our platform to our members to share their social change campaign ideas,” said Aria Finger, chief operating officer for DoSomething.org. “The Hunt gives young people the opportunity to elevate their ideas on a national scale.”

Sandy’s Joslynn Bigelow, 18, was selected as one of seven finalists whose ideas will be featured in the challenge.

Bigelow’s campaign, #WeAreAble, addresses discrimination by asking young people to create a poster that describes their best ability, as a way to reframe the conversation around disability to focus instead on ability.

Bigelow's campaign battles the fact that children with disabilities are two to three times more likely to be bullied than their nondisabled peers.

Following the challenge, Bigelow, who teaches soccer to children with special needs, will receive a $500 grant to create and execute an expanded version of her project.

The Hunt combines social change activism with social media as a way to create nationwide buzz from young people about issues they’re passionate about.

The Hunt takes place from Aug. 4-10, revealing a new challenge each day and asking for submissions. Those who submit for every challenge will be entered into a drawing for two $10,000 scholarships. The most creative photo submission will win a concert experience including a ride, tickets and perks.

To learn more or get involved with DoSomething.org’s last few challenges, visit dosomething.org/volunteer/hunt.