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Tools for Young People & Social Change
INTRODUCTION: Young people, community workers,
classroom teachers, organizers, and others are often left lurching around
the Internet looking for tools to promote youth activism, social awareness,
social change, and more.
POINT TO PONDER: "Involving young people in
decisions is a way of showing respect, of saying their opinions
and ideas count. To accomplish this, both youths and adults will
need adequate preparation and training." - from
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to Social Change Led By and With Young People
By The Freechild Project.
Centering on the "Cycle of Youth Engagement," this publication
is a summary of the social change issues and actions addressed
by and with young people around the world. A great primer to the
Points to Successfully Involving Youth in Decision-Making
By Youth On Board. The essential information any
organization needs to begin and develop their youth involvement program, this
manual is the expert resource for organizations across the US and around the
world. In more than 10 years Youth On Board has trained 1000s of young people
and adults in youth voice and involvement, pushing the field five steps forward.
This book is their finest collection of information available.
Voice: A Guide for Engaging Youth in Leadership and Decision-Making in
The purpose of this guide is to provide service learning practitioners with
basic information on youth voice - how to engage youth in leadership and
decision-making in programs. This guide highlights what
youth voice is, why it is important and models of youth voice that have been
implemented by service learning practitioners.
Making Commitments Matter: A Toolkit for young people to evaluate national
The Toolkit offers youth a starting point for determining what has been done
to better the lives of young people since 1995. Take a look at this
practical resource and put it to use in your community.
By A. Fletcher. This is a massive compendium of activities for
youth and facilitators who want to empower young people to take
action. Includes dozens of topics and action items, and is
completely available online.
You Wanna Be a Playa? The Freechild Project Guide to Cooperative
Games for Social Change
By A. Fletcher with K. Kunst. This short booklet provides an insightful tool to help
community workers, teachers, and activists of all ages incorporate
initiatives, teambuilders, "funners," and closing activities into
their work for social change.
Navigating International Meetings: A pocketbook guide to effective youth
This guide gives concise information about the structure and process of
United Nations meetings, looks at the different avenues available to youth
for participating, and offers practical information for surviving a large
meeting. The Guide also touches on important questions regarding the impact
of international meetings on the local, national, and international level
that every past and potential participant should consider.
SHINE Action Guide.
Wanna make a difference but don't know where to start? The SHiNE Action
here to show you some ways to take action and stand up to youth violence and
discrimination in your community. You'll find cool projects, tips and other
valuable resources so you can take action.
Youth Service America's PLAN IT! Project Planning Guide
Project Plan-It! is an easy interactive series of questions and templates
that allow you and your friends to plan your service project or program. At
the end, you will be able to print out your own Project Plan, Funding
proposal, Press Release, Service-learning reflection plan, and other helpful
Make a Difference
An educational program for middle- and high school students in Maine that
focuses on the root causes of hunger and poverty, the people most affected,
solutions, and how students can help. The major goal is to stimulate
students to take follow-up actions as they begin to realize that one person
can make a difference. KIDS and World Hunger Year (WHY) publishes Finding
Solutions to Hunger: Kids Can Make A Difference.
Turn up the volume: The Students Speak Toolkit
The Students Speak Toolkit guides students, educators, school board members,
parents and others in planning and carrying out strategies for listening to
students in order to improve their school experiences, including academic
performance, school climate, and school safety. By Roberts and Kay for the
Partnership for Kentucky Schools.
Listening to Student Voices: A Self-Study Toolkit
A toolkit for K - 12 educational leaders, school-based
teams, and students who are interested in including students in continuous
school improvement. By North West Regional Educational Lab.
Take Action! A Guide to Active Citizenship
By M. Keilburger and C.
Keilburger. An easy-to-use guide that provides young people with a
readily-accessible plan for action. Includes 7 steps to get involved,
and a large "how-to" section for new activists.
The Kid's Guide to Social Action
By Barbara A. Lewis. This is the
first book of its kind to give a hopeful, energetic picture of young people
taking action for social change. Features 10 steps for kids to take action,
a long list of issues young people are addressing, and important how-tos.
Youth!: The 26% Solution
By Wendy Lesko. This
easy-to-read book provides a broad overview of young people taking action
around the US in a variety of areas, and includes resources, tips, and
stories to motivate action.
The Future Is Ours
By Nikki Halpburn.
This book brings
together a dozen young activists to offer their experience and advice
to young people who want to change the world. Their message "We can
change the world. Here's how."
Reading, Writing, and Rising Up:
Teaching About Social Justice and the Power of the Written Word
By Linda Christensen. This book helps teachers who want to
teach for change and action. It joins a small collection of books
about using pedagogy for social justice by writers like bell hooks,
Paulo Freire, Ariel Dorfman, and others. Reading, Writing, and Rising
Up is an welcome addition to a continuing conversation.
It's Your World - If You Don't Like It, Change It - Activism for
By Mikki Halpin. This book includes
the basics of activism, project ideas, and how to be an activist
at home, at school, and throughout your community. There are
stories from young people around the world, and lots of
Partners: Organizing "For Youth by Youth" Events
Todayís young people are in a unique situation.
Organizations, governments, and the population at large are
recognizing that itís absolutely vital to involve them in
planning and organizing events and projects for young people.
They are taking notice of not only what young people have to
say, but of their awesome capabilities too. It can be
challenging for adults to work side by side with young people.
Young people are often unfamiliar with adult work settings,
structures, and systems, which adults often manage easily,
without thinking. While itís true that young people lack the
experience to fully comprehend the adult world, itís also true
that adults do not understand young people as they understand
themselves. This guide is intended to support what, for many
adults, will be a new way of working with youth. It will also
assist young people in developing and running youth-focused
Declaration of Accountability on the Ethical Engagement of Young
People and Adults in Canadian
First Nations Child and
Family Caring Society of Canada.
This document shares a wide-ranging perspective of youth
involvement, calling for organizations and communities to see
beyond past activities and to identify and practice powerful
ethical approaches to engaging youth. Despite the reference to
this document is useful communities around the world.
WHOLE COMMUNITY & SOCIAL CHANGE
- The Tool Box provides over 6,000 pages of practical skill-building
information on over 250 different topics. Topic sections include
step-by-step instruction, examples, check-lists, and related resources.
OxFam America's Just Add Consciousness: Guide to Social
This guide provides some basic strategies for activism. Before using any of
these strategies, be sure that your group/organization has already done some
groundwork, including researching
and educating yourselves on the issue; identifying key people and
institutions you are aiming to influence; setting clear, focused, and
realistic goals and objectives.
MLK Day of Service Toolkit
Includes lots of ideas for project, building partnerships, working with
volunteers, working with the media, organizing projects, and follow up tips,
as well as lots of other useful tips for all around the year, especially MLK
How To Be an Activist
How to be an Activist: An
introduction and portal to activism, education, community involvement, and
social change across the internet.
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