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Young Activists Changing the World

by Maria Jose Abregu and Paul Lonardo

 

Young people have always been leaders in the drive for social change and are often the first to embrace new technologies and new thinking.

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November 2019

ABC-CLIO

Pages 274
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Geography and World Cultures/General
  Current Events and Issues/General
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This inspirational resource allows students to see how their peers are changing the world. It provides context for understanding the conditions and challenges each of the 30 activists overcame in order to effect change and illustrates that the desire for positive change is worldwide, regardless of culture, borders, or ethnicity.

When Malala Yousafzai was 15 years old, she was shot by the Taliban on her way home from school for her defiance. She survived the attack and now speaks out for girls' rights to education. This is but one of the inspiring stories of real-world youth activism around the globe in 30 Activists under 30 Who Are Changing the World. The book includes stories of activists in nations such as Canada, Chile, Ghana, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Japan, Jordan, Pakistan, Uganda, and the United States—inspiring proof that young people can make a difference not only locally, but worldwide.

The activists' stories are arranged thematically according to their area of service—for example, education, environment, GLBT, health, politics, and poverty. Each activist section begins with a quick-reference overview: Who (name, age, and photograph), When (birthdate), What (the cause championed and the service performed), Where (illustrated with a map), and Context (information about the country relevant to the activist's work). Each overview is followed by a more detailed biography of the individual that includes their background, their motivations, what actions they took to make a difference, and where they are today.

Features

  • Provides a resource for students and general readers seeking to make a difference to research service opportunities via biographies of youth activists
  • Represents a valuable resource for schools to support their teacher's service learning curriculums
  • Covers examples of inspiring youth leadership that document how young people have campaigned for global awareness, girls' education, famine relief in East Africa, and ending the ivory trade/protecting elephants, among many others
Author Info

Shirley R. Steinberg, PhD, is research professor of youth studies at the University of Calgary and director and chair of The Werklund Foundation Centre for Youth Leadership Education. She is a regular contributor to CBC Radio One, CTV, Toronto's The Globe and Mail, The Montreal Gazette, and Canadian Press and is an internationally known speaker and teacher. Steinberg is founding editor of Taboo: The Journal of Culture and Education and The International Journal of Youth Studies and managing editor of The International Journal of Critical Pedagogy. She obtained her doctorate in cultural studies from The Pennsylvania State University. Her many publications include Greenwood's Teen Life in Europe; Contemporary Youth Culture; and Boy Culture: An Encyclopedia.

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