Clubs with activist mission find ways to make a difference


Macy Beal

Seniors hold signs at the climate strike in 2019. While not able to maintain a close distance, many activist clubs are finding ways to take their issues online.

Christian Gluth, Assistant Editor

Throughout remote learning, some of U-High’s clubs with an activist mission have found ways to meet and make a difference. Every week clubs such as SCAN and Girl Up meet virtually to continue in-club activities and find online methods to support their activism.

Save the Children Action Network, led by seniors Marisa McGehee and Macy Beal, has stopped planning in-person events, but still meets with their supervisor every week to attend Zoom advocacy training seminars and virtual conferences. 

Marisa said that despite the disruption to in-person events, they are trying to take advantage of the situation.

“I think so far we have adapted pretty well and are making the most of these circumstances,” Marisa said. “Macy and I are really happy with what the club has done at U-High this year.”

GirlUp has been meeting every two weeks and members communicate frequently through Schoology and text. Club members have been collecting toiletries through an online registry for the Apna Ghar women’s shelter, located in the Uptown neighborhood. 

Club leader Vivi Corré said despite the drive not happening in-person as usual, she feels obligated to set up an opportunity for people to donate online.

Although we won’t reach our normal amount of donations,” she said, “the least we can do is set up a page to allow people to donate toiletries from their own homes.”