November 13th, 2010 by Karen
Do you believe kids have the power to make a difference in the world? Do you feel like young people are better than grown-ups at coming up with new, fresh, never-before-seen ideas? Do you yourself have something you really care about and you want to spread the word? Are YOU perhaps an activist in the making? Then I’ve got the book for you!
It’s called Do Something! A Handbook for Young Activists, and it comes from the creative minds at the Do Something organization, which is a group that gives money and guidance to young people who are fighting for the causes they really care about — from the environment to world hunger to animal rights. The good folks at Do Something have been helping young activists rock their causes for 17 years, and now they finally have a handbook for kids who want to go after their own thing and change this planet for the better.
And when I say it’s a “handbook,” I really mean that. At first, I was worried it was going to be like a textbook — YAWN! But it’s definitely NOT just a boring list of tips and instructions. Yeah, there are step-by-step ideas for how to get from here to there, but the book is really interactive. It’s a notebook, a planner, and a scrapbook all in one. There are sheets for you to fill out, quizzes to take, pages to decorate, and forms to mark up. (Check out examples at the official book site!) By the time you get through the book, you’ll have chosen your thing, mapped out the problem, created an action plan, formed a team, spread the word, and… well, you’ll have *done something.*
Looking for some extra inspiration to grab this book and get out there, doing your own thing to improve the world? Well, I’ve got some words of wisdom straight from the source! I was lucky enough to meet Julia Steers, one of the book’s co-authors, at a recent Do Something event in NYC, and I asked her… well, why don’t you just watch the video?
Still not pumped to run out and snatch up this book for yourself? Man, you’re hard to convince! That’s okay — I can admire someone who thinks for themselves, and that’s what the Do Something handbook is all about anyway. BUT even you can’t ignore the temptation of free stuff, am I right?
ENTER FOR A CHANCE TO WIN:
A copy of Do Something! A Handbook for Young Activists
A Do Something notebook
A Do Something tote bag
HOW TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY
Kids (under the age of 18):
Enter for a chance to win our prize pack! Just fill out this entry form and mail it back to us. (Don’t forget to have your parent/guardian sign it — otherwise, you won’t be eligible to win!) We must receive your entry before December 15, 2010. So… do it already! (Get it? Do it, because of Do Something! Ha ha, I’m so clever…)
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. Legal residents of the 50 United States (D.C.) under 18 years. Void where prohibited. Sweepstakes ends 12/14/2010. See official rules.
So, what are you waiting for? You can DO it!
Karen volunteers every Saturday at a local bookstore where all the money goes to charity. She has to be there at 10 a.m., which is pretty early for a weekend — but sometimes it’s the best four hours of Karen’s week!
Review copy of the book and prize pack were provided by Do Something. (And don’t worry, we’re not giving away the same book we looked at. The winner will receive a brand spankin’ new copy of the book, we promise!)