Young Activists Changing the World

by Maria Jose Abregu and Christopher Bach


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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August 2020


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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Allows students to see how their peers are changing the world. Provides inspirational context for understanding the conditions and challenges overcome 30 activists to effect change. Also illustrates the worldwide desire for positive change, 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. 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 both locally and 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 or service performed), Where (illustrated with a map), and Context (information about the country relevant to the activist's work). A detailed biography of the individual follows that includes their background, motivations, actions they took to make a difference, and where they are today.


  • 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

Maria Jose Abregu is a sociology instructor at Bryant University. She holds a BA in philosophy and sociology from Mississippi State University and a JD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Christopher Bach works for the New York State Division Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Services. He earned his BS in criminal justice from Bay State College and his MS in security and resilience studies from Northeastern University.

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