Simple Acts: The Busy Teen's Guide to Making a Difference

Simple Acts: The Busy Teen's Guide to Making a Difference

by Natalie Silverstein
Simple Acts: The Busy Teen's Guide to Making a Difference

Simple Acts: The Busy Teen's Guide to Making a Difference

by Natalie Silverstein

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Simple and actionable tools to help busy young people make a difference in the world.

Young people can make a difference in the world no matter how busy they are. Simple Acts shows them how, with easy and practical tips, activities, and resources that will inspire teens to add intentional acts of kindness and service to their everyday lives.
Simple Acts equips tween and teens with the hands-on tools and know-how they need to make small but meaningful change, such as:
  • honoring happy occasions by giving back
  • raising money and awareness for the causes they care about
  • harnessing the power of social media to spread positive messages
A passionate advocate for family and youth service, Natalie Silverstein, MPH, wrote Simple Acts to inspire a more realistic approach to service for young people, a more organic way to make the world a better place: one simple act at a time.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781631986260
Publisher: Free Spirit Publishing
Publication date: 07/12/2022
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 534,164
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.34(d)
Lexile: 1250L (what's this?)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

Natalie Silverstein, MPH, is an author, speaker, consultant, and passionate advocate for family and youth service.

Her first book, Simple Acts: The Busy Family’s Guide to Giving Back, was published by Gryphon House in 2019 and was named one of the “10 Books for Parents Who Want to Raise Kind Kids” by HuffPost. In September 2013, Natalie launched the first local affiliate of Doing Good Together (, a Minneapolis-based nonprofit with the mission of helping parents raise kids who care and contribute. As the New York area coordinator, she curates a free monthly email listing of family-friendly service opportunities that are distributed to thousands of subscribers.

Natalie is a frequent writer and speaker on the importance of service and acts of kindness in family life, and she has presented to parents, educators, and children across the country. She has appeared on many popular podcasts and on the 3rd Hour of TODAY on NBC.

Her personal essays have appeared on parenting websites Grown and Flown, Red Tricycle, and Mommy Poppins, and on the Moms Don’t Have Time to Write platform on Medium. Natalie earned an undergraduate degree in health policy and administration from Providence College and a master’s degree in public health from Yale.

She lives in New York City with her husband and three children.

Table of Contents

Preface vii


The Truth About Being a "Changemaker" 1

Chapter 1 What's Your Why?

Identifying Your Passion and Finding Ways to Help 12

Chapter 2 Don't Count the Hours: Make the Hours Count

Changing the narrative on Community Service Requirements 49

Chapter 3 Elevate Your Celebration

Honoring Happy Occasions by Giving Back 61

Chapter 4 Finding the Fun in Fundraising

Raising money and Awareness for a Cause You Care About 75

Chapter 5 Do Well by Doing Good

Understanding Social Entrepreneurship 91

Chapter 6 Turn Time Off Into Time on

Exploring Internships, Community Projects, and Youth Leadership 109

Chapter 7 #Bekind

Harnessing the Power of Social media to Spread Positive messages 121

Chapter 8 Not-So-Random Acts of Kindness

52 Intentional Ways to Spread Kindness in Your Daily Life 130

Recommended Resources 137

Bibliography 139

Index 143

About the Author 151

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