There is still plenty of time this summer for our kids to learn and participate in social and environmental activism. By helping, changing a life, making a difference, kids can learn how good it feels to get involved in a meaningful way and give back. Activism is not just for adults. Children of all ages can bring about vast change in the lives of others, the environment, animals etc.
Here are some options for kids:
-Amnesty International for Students and Youth (http://www.amnestyusa.org/resources/students-and-youth)
Kids take part in public demonstrations and letter writing, teach-ins and face to face meetings with elected and appointed officials to affect change.
-Children’s Rights (http://www.un.org/cyberschoolbus/briefing/children/index.htm)
Ideas and related resources to help kids take action in an effort to promote and ensure the protection of children’s rights.
-Games For Change (http://www.gamesforchange.org/play/)
Site lists games that help kids understand social issues in meaningful ways.
-PETA Kids (http://www.petakids.com/)
Stand up for animal rights group, including alternatives to dissection. Protest the treatment of animals by zoos, circuses and rodeos.
-Global March Against Child Labour (http://www.globalmarch.org/)
Your child can explore the lives, struggles, hardships and dangers of working children.
-Peace Corps Kids World (http://www.peacecorps.gov/kids/)
Join adventure and service in the world.
-Room to Read’s Students Helping Students (http://www.roomtoread.org/Page.aspx?pid=328)
Fundraise to help kids.
-The Student Conservation Association (http://www.thesca.org/)
High school and college students can explore conservation service internships and volunteer opportunities in National Parks, Forests and other public lands.
-American Red Cross for Youth
Kids can take courses in health or emergency preparation. They can also help in emergencies both locally and internationally.
Article By Nuria Almeida
Photo By San Mateo County Library