Tools and Strategies

Mini-Lesson: Extremist Recruitment of Young People

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Short Online Experience to Learn about this Core Topic

For Educators | Middle School, High School

About the Mini-Lesson

Over the past several years, domestic extremism in the U.S. is on the rise. A concerning element to this increase is the recruitment of young people to white supremacist extremism. This recruitment often takes place in online spaces and uses propaganda and misinformation to lure young people in. This mini-lesson provides helpful approaches educators can use to talk with young people about extremism and how to help young people resist and counter it.

ADL's mini-lessons are short, interactive, online lessons for educators to learn about a core ADL topic, theme or activity. 


This self-paced mini lesson will enable you to:

  • Understand what extremism is and why young people are vulnerable to white supremacist recruitment.

  • Learn about effective approaches you can use to talk with young people about extremism.

  • Gain strategies to help young people resist and counter white supremacist extremism.


20 minutes. Move at your own pace, pausing and resuming as needed.


Be sure you have audio capability to hear voice over explanations.