Self-advocacy means communicating on your own behalf, letting others know what you need, and taking action in a direct and respectful manner.
For example, if you are at a store and a clerk ignores you, self-advocacy could be asking in a polite way to be served.
With bullying, learning self-advocacy skills is important as it helps you:
Advocacy skills can empower you to:
If you are being bullied, it’s important to tell someone, especially an adult, you trust. Know that:
What does it mean to be an advocate for yourself as well as others, and how does that relate to bullying prevention?
Speaking up for oneself, expressing needs, and taking action are essential advocacy tools for youth of all ages. When you know that there are options for regaining control or influencing a difficult situation, you gain the skills and resilience to move through the obstacles that life brings. When you actively participate in learning self-advocacy skills, you are better prepared to resolve problems and understand when a problem requires adult help. Whether it’s a disagreement with a friend or a serious situation like bullying, learning advocacy can change your world.