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Take Action!: A Guide to Active Citizenship

ISBN: 978-0-471-43173-2
144 pages
November 2002
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* Raise awareness * Start a club * Use the media * Make a difference * Get involved * Choose an issue * Build a team * Have fun!

Make a difference in your hometown and around the world!

Inspired by the vision, spirit, and activities of thousands of kids working to improve the lives of others, Take Action! shows how you, too, can change the world. Authors Marc Kielburger and Craig Kielburger are the founders of Leaders Today, an organization dedicated to helping young people realize their fullest potential and become socially involved. Their remarkable work has been profiled on Oprah and on many national news shows, as well as in magazines and newspapers across the U.S. and Canada. Now, with Take Action!, they provide easy-to-follow guidelines for making a difference in the lives of people all over the globe.

By following the valuable tips, strategies, and examples in this book, you'll get organized and start tackling important issues in your community, your school, your country, and around the world. From writing letters and public speaking to planning fundraisers, preparing petitions, and working with the media, Take Action! covers all the basics of how to become socially involved-and have fun at the same time! You'll discover how you and your friends can join the fight for children's rights, get involved in environmental issues, help those suffering from hunger and poverty, and much more. You'll also meet other extraordinary young people like yourself who turned their thoughts and passion into action and have made a tremendous impact on these issues.

There are no limits to what you can accomplish. You can be a leader and help others today-all you have to do is Take Action!
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Acknowledgments.

A Message from Craig Kielburger.

How to Use This Book.

PART 1: HOW TO GET INVOLVED: THE STEP-BY-STEP PROCESS.

Seven Steps to Social Involvement.

PART 2: THE HOW-TO GUIDE.

How to Use the Telephone.

How to Set Up a Group.

How to Hold a Meeting.

Writing Letters.

Public Speaking.

How to Do a Survey.

How to Write a Petition.

How to Raise Public Awareness and Support.

How to Raise Funds.

PART 3: WHERE YOU CAN GET INVOLVED—EVERYWHERE!

At Home.

At School.

In Your Community.

Working with Government.

PART 4: TACKLING SOCIAL ISSUES.

Human Rights.

Children's Rights Are Human Rights.

Environment.

Hunger.

Poverty.

HIV/AIDS.

Peace.

More Issues for Social Action.

PART 5: SOURCES AND RESOURCES.

Human Rights.

Children's Rights.

Environment.

Hunger.

Poverty.

HIV / AIDS.

Peace.

About Leaders Today.

About Kids Can Free the Children.

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MARC KIELBURGER is a Harvard graduate and a Rhodes Scholar in law at Oxford University. He is the cofounder of Leaders Today.
CRAIG KIELBURGER founded the organization Free the Children, which now involves over 100,000 youth in thirty-five countries. Both Marc and Craig regularly speak and conduct workshops at schools, community organizations, and conferences.
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