Get active, change the world: Social campaigns for teens (Teens Can Make a Difference)
If you spend any time looking at the 40 Developmental Assets (which you should), you’ll note that several of them touch on the idea that teens want (and need) to have a sense of purpose and feeling of control over their lives and futures; they need to know that they can have a positive influence on the world in which they are living. But if today’s current spate of dystopian fiction is any indication, we are living in a world with an increasingly bleak looking future. I think the popularity of dystopian fiction reflects some of the hopelessness and despair that is par for the course in the teen years, but it is also a distinct reflection of the economic despair and concern that influences our current climate. Having given you that ultra cheery look at the current zeitgeist, let me tell you that there are people out there every day working to make positive changes in our world – and offering teens the opportunity to do the same. Today I share with you several campaigns that you can share with your teens and help them get involved in being a positive force in the world – and helping them meet the 40 Developmental Assets in their lives. Remember, more positive assets equals more positive teens. Our job is to get the information to them, the rest is up to them.
I know that there are more, so please share your favorites in the comments. The more we have, the more likely we are to meet our teens informational needs. Thank you.
Filed under: 40 Developmental Assets, Activism, Environment, Social Media, Teen Issues, Youth Empowerment
About Karen Jensen, MLS
Karen Jensen has been a Teen Services Librarian for almost 30 years. She created TLT in 2011 and is the co-editor of The Whole Library Handbook: Teen Services with Heather Booth (ALA Editions, 2014).
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