March 9, 2012

A guide to positive action

Take Action: A Guide to Active Citizenship
by Marc & Craig Kielburger

A very useful how-to guide to become a social activist. The Kielburgers show young teens how to research an issue, hold a meeting, raise awareness, and raise funds. Templates and examples demonstrate how to write effective letters to government and public officials, and how to create press releases, surveys, proposals and petitions. They then provide doable action plans for seven common social issues to get involved with, among them the environment, hunger, and poverty. The step-by-step instructions may get repetitive after a while, but the book does a good job of stressing the importance of good preparation in any endeavor. Having good knowledge of an issue allows people to take you seriously.

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