It's Your World--If You Don't Like It, Change It: Activism for Teenagers

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You can change the world.

Free Speech. Racism. The Environment. Gay Rights. Bullying and School Safety. Animal Welfare. War. Information about Safe Sex and Birth Control. Free Speech. HIV and AIDS. Women's Rights.

These are the issues you care about ? and now you can do something about them. It's Your World will show you how to act on your beliefs, no matter what they are, and make a difference.

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Overview

You can change the world.

Free Speech. Racism. The Environment. Gay Rights. Bullying and School Safety. Animal Welfare. War. Information about Safe Sex and Birth Control. Free Speech. HIV and AIDS. Women's Rights.

These are the issues you care about — and now you can do something about them. It's Your World will show you how to act on your beliefs, no matter what they are, and make a difference.

The information inside includes:

• The basics of activism

• Activism projects and outreach ideas

• The 5-minute activist

• How to be an activist at home, at school, and in your community

• Stories from teenagers who have taken on the world — and won

• Resources including books, movies, and Web sites

• and much, much more

Whether at home, in school, or in your community, you have the power and the ability to create change, even if you aren't old enough to vote. Don't wait until you're eighteen to flex your political muscles — start right now!

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New titles help teens better understand themselves and their world. With advice and real-world examples, It's Your World-If You Don't Like It, Change It: Activism for Teenagers by Mikki Halpin is aimed at teens trying to combat intolerance and injustice in such areas as animal rights, racism, environmental issues and LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning youth) acceptance. Halpin's guide suggests Internet and print resources and contains firsthand accounts from involved high school students. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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In this very important election year, Ms. Halpin provides a good primer to plant the seeds of activism at an early age. She includes her ideas on how to address some hot button issues in our society, including racism, civil rights and sexual orientation. Ms. Halpin provides valuable resource information in her lists of web sites, organizations, books, and movies. She also includes ways to be an activist at home, at school and in the community. If the teenager doesn't have time for any of those options, she makes suggestions for "the 5-minute activist," which includes fast ways to make an impact, such as "click to e-mail" or "click to donate" web sites. Another great feature is the sidebars that include accounts from teenagers who are already actively involved. Although this book can serve as a good resource, Ms. Halpin may have bitten off more than she can chew. For example, in the chapter entitled "Fighting Racism," she asks, "Is 'nigger' a bad word?" Entire books have been written to address this issue. It is absolutely impossible to address this and other issues in this book. She rarely provides an historical context for these very difficult issues. Nonetheless, I believe her greatest contribution is in providing the information for the teenagers to arrive at their own conclusions about the issues and develop their own responses. Her unsupported commentary, however, tends to skew the issue and cause more confusion than clarity. Keep the resources, lose the commentary. 2004, Simon Pulse/Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing Division, Ages 16 up.
—Gilda R. Daniels
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Gr 9 Up-Animal rights, racism, war protest, AIDS, school violence and bullying, women's rights, and promoting tolerance are among the topics covered here. Halpin provides basic information about each one and then makes myriad suggestions for action at home, in the community, the "five-minute activist," etc. The ideas are easy to implement. Each section is accompanied by authentic accounts of student experiences, including successes as well as difficulties, in trying to change their school or community or influence a world issue, such as the war in Iraq. Many of the ideas are easily doable-in school violence the suggestion is made to set up "bully boxes" so that students can anonymously and comfortably report incidents of harassment. The discussions end with an annotated list of Web sites, books, and movies while the book concludes with a seven-page resource list for general activism. This is an important book that will empower any young adult who would like to make a difference.-Joanne K. Cecere, Monroe-Woodbury High School, Central Valley, NY Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781417644117
  • Publisher: San Val
  • Publication date: 9/1/2004
  • Pages: 307
  • Product dimensions: 6.48 (w) x 8.38 (h) x 1.14 (d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Introduction

YOU CAN SO CHANGE THE WORLD • WHY PEOPLE BECOME ACTIVISTS • ONE PERSON CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE • CHOOSING YOUR CAUSE • DO YOUR RESEARCH • HOW THIS BOOK WORKS • A FEW MORE THINGS

Helping Animals

THE ISSUES • BE A RESPONSIBLE PET OWNER • MAKE YOUR HOME A CRUELTY-FREE ZONE • REFUSE DISSECTION • MAKE AN ANIMAL RESEARCH COLLEGE GUIDE • VOLUNTEER AT A SHELTER • BE AN ACTIVE CITIZEN FOR LOCAL ANIMALS • START A PAWS CHAPTER IN YOUR TOWN • SHAKIRA'S STORY • EMMA'S STORY • THE 5-MINUTE ACTIVIST • RESOURCES

Fighting Racism

THE ISSUES • TEST YOURSELF FOR BIAS • PLAN A "RACE MATTERS" MOVIE NIGHT • WHAT IF YOUR FAMILY IS RACIST? • INVITE A SPEAKER TO YOUR SCHOOL • MOBILIZE AGAINST HATE GROUPS BY WRITING A LETTER TO THE EDITOR • OTHER WAYS TO FIGHT RACISM • CHIKA'S STORY • EMMANUEL'S STORY • THE 5-MINUTE ACTIVIST • RESOURCES

Saving the Environment

THE ISSUES • MEASURE YOUR ENVIRONMENTAL FOOTPRINT • GIVE YOUR HOUSE AN ENVIRONMENTAL MAKEOVER • START AN ENVIRONMENTAL MAILING LIST • FIND OUT IF YOUR SCHOOL SPENDS MORE ON ENERGY THAN ON YOU • CHECK YOUR COMMUNITY WATER QUALITY • IDENTIFY LOCAL POLLUTERS • ADAM'S STORY • DAVID'S STORY • THE 5-MINUTE ACTIVIST • RESOURCES

Ending War

THE ISSUES • PUT UP A PEACE POSTER • INTERVIEW A VETERAN OF WAR • ORGANIZE A TEACH-IN AT YOUR SCHOOL • START A FAITH-BASED PEACE COALITION • GO TO A BIG PROTEST • ANA'S STORY • HANNAH'S STORY • THE 5-MINUTE ACTIVIST •RESOURCES

Fighting the Spread of HIV/AIDS

THE ISSUES • GET TESTED • FIGHT FOR COMPREHENSIVE SEX EDUCATION • GET LOCAL BUSINESSES TO SIGN AN ANTI-DISCRIMINATION PLEDGE • OTHER ACTIVISM IDEAS • LAURA'S STORY • HENRY'S STORY • THE 5-MINUTE ACTIVIST • RESOURCES

Stopping School Violence and Bullying

THE ISSUES • MAKE AN ANTI-VIOLENCE CONTRACT WITH YOUR PARENTS • DISTRIBUTE A FLYER ABOUT THE WARNING SIGNS OF POSSIBLE SCHOOL VIOLENCE • CREATE A BULLY BOX • CONNECT WITH AN AT-RISK YOUTH • BRITT'S STORY • MISSY'S STORY • RESOURCES

Defending Women's Rights

THE ISSUES • LEARN ABOUT FEMINIST HISTORY • DISCUSS FEMINISM WITH SOMEONE FROM ANOTHER GENERATION • SPEAK OUT ABOUT DATING VIOLENCE • FIND OUT IF YOUR SCHOOL IS TITLE IX COMPLIANT • HAVE A LETTER-WRITING PARTY TO FIGHT FOR WOMEN'S REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS • SARA'S STORY • ERICA'S STORY • THE 5-MINUTE ACTIVIST • RESOURCES

Protecting Civil Rights and Civil Liberty

THE ISSUES • FIND OUT WHAT DATA THE GOVERNMENT HAS ON FILE ABOUT YOU • START AN ALTERNATIVE SCHOOL PAPER • DO AN ART PROJECT ABOUT SURVEILLANCE IN YOUR COMMUNITY • HOST A VIDEO SCREENING ABOUT THE FOURTH AMENDMENT • ASHLEY'S STORY • ALAN'S STORY • RESOURCES

Promoting Tolerance Toward Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning Youth

THE ISSUES • TALK TO YOUR PARENTS ABOUT AN LGBTQ ISSUE IN THE NEWS • START A GAY/STRAIGHT ALLIANCE AT YOUR SCHOOL • ASSESS WHETHER YOUR SCHOOL IS SAFE FOR LGBTQ YOUTH • MAKE A VOTER GUIDE • SARAH'S STORY • STACEY'S STORY • RESOURCES

Acknowledgments

General Activism Resources

Sources used in writing this book

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