written by Laurie Ann Thompson
2014 (Simon and Schuster)
Source: Review copy provided by the publisher
It's easy to criticize the generation that comes after you. I have found myself veering into "Hey you kids! Get off my lawn!" territory and I haven't even hit a half century on this earth yet. You might think that teenagers are just a bunch of texting and video game playing zombies occasionally revved up by an energy drink. You would be wrong. I know plenty of teens, including one in my house, who work their tails off and are great people. They try to spread kindness and want this planet to be a better place. Most of them are also getting prepared for college and one of the things they should do is show an interest in volunteering in their community and the world beyond. One of the ways you could help such a student is to find a copy of Be a Changemaker. Laurie Ann Thompson has created a great guide for young people (and old geezers like me!) who want to take up a cause and make a difference. Each chapter guides the reader as to how they can get started. I recommend viewing the table of contents on this link so you can see how Thompson covers all of the bases and then some. There are chapters on doing research, running meetings, budgeting, using social media, and planning events. One of the best parts of this book is the profile of a successful venture in each chapter. For example, the chapter on meetings features a group of young women in Massachusetts who want to improve their neighborhood. Young people will appreciate these examples of peers who have been successful in their social ventures.
Be a Changemaker is a unique and important book. It provides the tools needed for young people who are seeking to be a positive influence. If you are a middle or high school teacher that sponsors a club, you will want your students to have access to this book. A group that puts together a food drive or a car wash to raise money for a charity will find these chapters invaluable. My wife teaches high school social studies and I'm giving her my copy of the book. Find a group and help them become changemakers.
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