Be a Changemaker

How to Start Something That Matters

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Pages: 240
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ISBN: 9781582704647
Pages: 240
Dimensions: 5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches

Be a Changemaker

How to Start Something That Matters

Laurie Ann Thompson

2015 Parents Choice Award Winner!
SCBWI 2014 Crystal Kite Member Choice Award Winner!
A Junior Library Guild Selection!
2015 Gelett Burgess Award!

 

We've had the civil rights movement and the women's movement—now it's time for the youth movement.

Today, youth everywhere are rising up, building new organizations, and creating the changes they want to see in their communities and around the world. Be a Changemaker gives readers the tools and confidence they need to affect real change.

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  • Published by Beyond Words/Simon Pulse on September 16, 2014. Available in: Paperback, Hardcover
  • Foreword by: Bill Drayton, Founder of Ashoka


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When Divine Bradley was seventeen, he just wanted a safe place to hang out away from gangs and violence, and Team Revolution was born. At age eleven, Jessica Markowitz learned that girls in Rwanda are often not allowed to attend school, and Richard's Rwanda took shape. During his sophomore year of high school, Zach Steinfeld put his love of baking to good use and started the Baking for Breast Cancer Club.

Gone are the days when kids were supposed to be "seen and not heard." Today, youth everywhere are rising up, building new organizations, and creating the changes they want to see in their communities and around the world. Be a Changemaker gives readers the tools and confidence they need to effect real change. Readers will learn how to:

  • Research ideas
  • Build a strong and passionate team
  • Create a business plan
  • Enlist a savvy adult
  • Plan events
  • Work with the media
  • And more!

Plus, profiles of youth-led social organizations show readers that it's never too early to become a changemaker.



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Meet the Author

Laurie Ann Thompson

Laurie Ann Thompson comes from a family of entrepreneurs and small business owners. She has worked for major corporations, and she cofounded a successful internet start-up. In addition, she has led a regional nonprofit professional organization and volunteered with Ashoka's Youth Venture, which supports teens with big ideas. These days, she's trying to change the world one word at a time. 

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“Teens looking to make a difference will find inspiration as well as real-world strategies for realizing their dreams of being the change they want to see in the world.”

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