Despite claims that young people today don’t care about the world they live in and don’t get involved in causes, more and more teens are taking up the fight for things they truly believe in. In fact, there are more than 10,000 members nationwide for the Youth Rights Movement and more than 50,000 members, fans, and supporters of Kids against Animal Cruelty. Many young adults who aren’t involved are simply unaware of how to become activists or where to start championing their causes.
In Activism: The Ultimate Teen Guide, Kathlyn Gay explains why people become activists, the types of causes they advocate or oppose, and how teenagers can get involved. Activists are vigorous supporters for issues that are important to them, from social causes to political campaigns. While students often volunteer for a short period of time for school credit, many want to continue doing more outside of the classroom. This book assists those young adults who want to learn more about specific issues and organizations. Chapters are divided by topic and include
·Campaigns against sexual violence and trafficking
·Gun control and gun rights
This book also includes a valuable chapter on learning to be an activist and a resource section that lists dozens of organizations dedicated to specific causes. Throughout this book, the author highlights the lives and activities of numerous teens who are long-term activists and also suggests books and films that promote activism. Activism: The Ultimate Teen Guide is a wonderful resource for young adults who are interested in making the world a better place.
About the Author
Kathlyn Gay has written more than 120 books and articles. She is the author of several titles in the "It Happened to Me" series for Rowman & Littlefield, including Cultural Diversity (2003), Volunteering (2004), The Military and Teens (2008), Body Image and Appearance (2009), Living Green (2012), Bigotry and Intolerance (2013), and Divorce (2014).
Table of Contents
1 Who Are Activists? 1
2 Youth Rights Promoters 17
3 Advocates for Teen Good Health 33
4 Campaigns against Sexual Violence and Trafficking 49
5 Crusaders for the Earth 65
6 Advocates for Animals 79
7 Religious Activism: Pro and Con Issues 95
8 Peace Efforts 111
9 Hate Groups and Anti-Hate Actions 127
10 Gun Control versus Gun Rights Activists 143
11 Immigration Reform Activists and Critics 159
12 Learning to Be an Activist 173
Further Reading 191
Activist Organizations 193
Selected Bibliography 219
About the Author 223