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The Teen Guide to Global Action

How to Connect with Others (Near & Far) to Create Social Change


Here’s a book for every teen who wants to get involved in service and social change. Featuring profiles of real “Difference Makers” from around the world and practical tools readers can use to support causes they are passionate about, The Teen Guide to Global Action provides everything teens need to start making a difference at the local, national, or global level.

From suggestions for reducing hunger and poverty and protecting human rights to environmental projects and efforts to promote peace, this book provides know-how and inspiration teens can use to make the world a better place. Teens reading these stories will realize they don’t have to wait to become an adult to change the world.

Other benefits of the book include:

  • Hundreds of local and global actions in human rights, hunger and homelessness, health and safety, education, environment and conservation, youth representation, and peace and friendship
  • “Action Plans” teens can use to research issues and map out projects
  • “Connect” sidebars with over 100 organizations and Web links
  • “By the Numbers” facts and statistics on global issues
  • “Quick Tips” for effective fundraising, volunteering, protest, and other actions
  • “Point & Click” resources to learn more about service and social action topics

Upbeat, practical, and highly motivating, The Teen Guide to Global Action is a go-to source teens can use to put their volunteer spirit into practice and make an impact on their world.

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Paperback $14.99 22664 Paperback 22664 $14.99
ISBN: 978-1-57542-266-4
Reading Level: Grades 7 & up
Interest Level: Ages 12 & up
Guided Reading Level: Z
Illustrated: two-color, illust.
Trim Size: 7" x 9"
Page Count: 144

Praise for The Teen Guide to Global Action
The Teen Guide to Global Action by Barbara A. Lewis is the perfect little book to hand to a motivated teenager who wants to make a difference. Hip, up to date, and easy to read . . . this book would be a great research reference for a geography or civics class and very useful to a high school environment or social issues club.”—Green Teacher

“This book belongs in the hands of every student who wants to change the world.Benjamin Quinto, founder and executive director, Global Youth Action Network (GYAN)

The Teen Guide to Global Action by Barbara A. Lewis tells the story of teen activists like Zach Hunter, who started Loose Change to end modern slavery; Janine Licare, who is helping to stop the destruction of rain forests; and Zhura Bahman, who started a foundation in her native Afghanistan to help girls with education.Teaching Tolerance

“An excellent starting point for the many youth who want to turn their social concerns into social change.”—Silvia Blitzer Golombek, Ph.D., senior vice president, Youth Service America (YSA)

“Worldwide, young people are making positive changes by taking action. Their stories and dozens more are collected in one book that will inspire readers and provide them with tools they can use to take action themselves.”—Association of Booksellers for Children, ABC Toolbox

The Teen Guide to Global Action is an exciting new book that features stories of youth from over 30 countries who are making a difference and taking action on local and global issues. The book includes a rich and varied menu of opportunities for service, fast facts, hands-on activities, user-friendly tools, and up-to-date resources kids can use to put their own volunteer spirit into practice.”—Minnesota Alliance for Youth

  • YALSA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults Selection
  • Winner, VOYA’s Nonfiction Honor List
  • Skipping Stones Honor Award
9 Ways to Help Teens Take Local Action on Global Human Rights Issues

According to a recent study, teens are more civically engaged than ever before. Share this list with the teens in your life to help them take action on the issues they care about most.

1. Research issues affecting people in your area. Maybe you know of a group or an individual being discriminated against or denied legal rights based on race, gender, creed, or orientation. Local media outlets, online forums, newspapers, and libraries are all good places to look for information. If you live in the United States, teens can get involved with their local American Civil Liberties Union affiliate.

2. Raise awareness about injustices. Let people in your area know about human rights issues at home and around the world. Set up a demonstration in a plaza (first check with local administrators and police to make sure that you do this safely and legally) or boycott local businesses that don’t support equal opportunity. Or plan to work with teachers when school starts to organize a student assembly.

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