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The Kid's Guide to Social Action

by Barbara A. Lewis

Published by Free Spirit Press (Revised Edition), 1998
211 pages
ISBN: 1-57542-038-4

Age 9 and older

This well-organized, accessible handbook intended for young people who want to make a change was written by a Salt Lake City elementary school teacher whose writing expresses implicit confidence in and respect for young people. The attractively designed, step-by-step guide moves logically from uncomplicated forms of action to more sophisticated approaches to social change and yet presents a realistic picture of the hard work necessary to effect such change. The manual is organized into five main parts: (1) Life beyond the Classroom (e.g. brainstorming, reflecting on what you have learned); (2) Power Skills (communication skills, responsible Internet use, petitions, fundraising); (3) Working with Government (e.g. changing a law, lobbying); (4) Resources (e.g. addresses for state capitals, federal government agencies, environmental groups); and (5) Tools (various forms). Each section contains "Kids in Action" articles illustrated with black-and-white photographs featuring actual recent episodes in which today's youth became effective change agents. The author has given permission on specific pages to duplicate them for use. Readers will find a large number of website addresses throughout this substantial resource for individuals, school and community youth groups and their leaders, classrooms, and libraries. This is a welcome revision of the edition recommended in CCBC Choices 1991.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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