May 19, 2022 – People of all ages in the U.S. have witnessed a steep rise in violence and other activity from white nationalist and other anti-democracy groups. At the same time, harmful conspiracy theories have steadily gained visibility in mainstream rhetoric and politics.

Not only have young people witnessed these unsettling shifts but—as many parents, caregivers, educators, and spiritual leaders report—they have also been negatively influenced by them, in some cases with tragic consequences. 

This guide is a resource for parents, caregivers, and any adult committed to interrupting the flow of these bigoted ideas and conspiracy theories, and engaging young people in conversations about where they come from, how they spread, and what they can do about it


About Western States Center

Based in the Pacific Northwest and Mountain States, Western States Center works nationwide to build a future where all people can live, love, worship, and work free from bigotry and fear. Since 1987 our programs have lifted up the voices of marginalized communities while providing accessible tools and support for grassroots organizing, civic engagement, and collective action. Our work has resulted in concrete policy and institutional changes across the West and beyond.