Service Sparks: ABCs of Advocacy
Ignite meaningful action that lights up the world through "Service Sparks" youth projects!
Books are a great way to teach young people about new ideas and build empathy about an issue. The ABC book format is a simple concept that is a great way to teach vocabulary and knowledge.
- Talk about favorite ABC books from childhood. Discuss what you liked about it.
- Read and discuss this Aspen Institute story about a group of teens who tought concepts of empathy through an ABC book. What is effective about their approach, language, and message?
- Decide what you want young people to know and be able to do to make the world a better place. It could be about environmental stewardship, diversity and inclusion, kindness, or mental health. You decide what you care about.
- Working with a small team or on your own, make a list of words from A to Z that could come together into a story that teaches and inspires action. Use this opportunity to learn from experts and discuss ideas and action critically.
- Write, revise, and edit your book. Ask for feedback from people of diverse ages, backgrounds, and perspectives. Discuss language and message to make it as inclusive and honest as possible.
- Make a final copy of the book and illustrate it.
- Record your team reading the book aloud while showing the pictures. Share your recording with community and online groups where the topic has meaning.
Note: As an alternative to a book, the team can write original lyrics for a song that teaches and inspires information and action.
Reflection: How can reading a book to someone build empathy and compassion?
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Learning to Give ...
- educates youth about philanthropy, the civil society sector, and the importance of giving their time, talent and treasure for the common good (knowledge),
- equips youth by encouraging philanthropic behavior and experience (skills), and,
- empowers youth to take voluntary citizen action for the common good in their classrooms, lives and communities (behavior).