Freechild Reading List on
Young People &
These are publications about youth activism, youth-led
community organizing, young people leading social change, and more.
POINT TO PONDER:
"The real question is how youth activism
can be mobilized into an unstoppable force to change society… Through their
involvement, they can provide an agitational force to inspire millions to
act for progressive change. The images of trade unionists and young radicals
in recent mass protests led many to claim an important alliance had begun
between youth activists and organized labor." -
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to Social Change Led By and With Young People by The Freechild
Project. Centering on the "Cycle of Youth Engagement," this
publication is a summary of the social change issues and actions
addressed by and with young people around the world. A great
primer to the Freechild website.
Nexxt Revolutionaries by Shannon Service. After three
decades of dormancy, youth activism is again flowering. But
today’s flower children are a hardy new variety. They’re
economically, ecologically, and electronically sophisticated.
They’re also globally organized, dead serious about democracy,
and determined to have more fun than their opponents. In YES!
Youth Rise Up: Student Mobilizations in the 1990s by
Marisol Padilla and Juan R. Taizán. This is
an account of the early 1990s mobilization of students
throughout California as they fought against neoliberalism and
overt political, social, educational, and economic oppression.
The story is told by two young people who "cut their teeth" in
activism through these efforts. It is a critical reflection that
centers on the effects of youth-led organizing, and offers
important lessons for all young people moved to take action.
Making Space - Making Change
by the Movement
This is the most important document focusing
on young people and social change to come out in the last two years. It is
the only available guide for understanding youth-led organizations and their
place in the contemporary youth movement. This new publication follows the
stories of five youth-led and youth-driven organizations from around the
U.S.- how they started, build youth leadership and power, deal with
challenges, and make real change in their communities. This report is for
all young organizers and their allies who want to put their principles into
practice and invest in the next generation!
An Overview: How Young People Reinvent Social Change
by Karin Hillhouse. A short article from Changemakers.net that
examines several projects around the world for the trends,
themes, and foundations of youth-led action.
The Co/Motion Guide to Youth-led Social Change
by Alliance for Justice. Engaging youth in
action! This user-friendly training manual is designed to engage young
people in effective community action by giving them the tools, skills and
strategies to solve problems and improve their communities. Out-of-print!
by Mattie Wiese.
In the last decade, young people have
increasingly been mobilizing around their identity as “youth,” crossing
traditional race lines and issue boundaries in the process. This 128-page
report offers case studies that illustrate the culture and frustrations,
successes and pitfalls of on-the-ground youth organizing today, and provides
a larger context for the work and offer some lessons and recommendations.
Annotated Bibliography on Youth Organizing
by Social Policy Research Associates.
Drawing upon the fields of youth development, community organizing and civic
engagement, Social Policy Research Associates compiled this compendium to
centralize information about the existing resources from and for the field
of youth organizing. This appendix presents a digest of research and
reports, reflections from the field, and youth organizing curricula and
Uprising: Confronting the Tyrannies of the 21st Century by N. Welton and L. Wolf. This
visually and emotionally striking book reflects the new global
youth movement for peace and justice. Told through compelling
personal narratives, poster art, poetry, photographs, and
interviews with new and seasoned activists, Global Uprising
captures the spirit of youth activism and honors young people's
power to effect serious change. It highlights a wide-range of
critical international issues and actions.
the Suburbs by William Upski Wimsatt. This book served as a manifesto and
call-to-arms for a generation of urban youth activists. The
author is now a renown thinker of this generation, and this, his
booming clarion call, sounds the charge with analysis, weaponry,
and empowerment for today's youth activists.
500: Youth Organizing and Activism in the United
States by J. Kim, M. de Dios, P. Caraballo, et al. Features
analysis of the modern youth movement, interviews with
25 young people changing the world, and profiles of
500 of the most important youth-led organizations
across the country. It also includes statistics on
youth organizations, listings of youth-friendly
foundations and national networks, and amazing art
from the movement.
the Children by C. Kielburger, K. Major. This book is provides insight into one
young man's goal of ending children's oppression worldwide by
working for children's rights. Today his organization works around
the world, building schools, education families, and working for
children in places where those children's voices have never been
Young People Shaping the Environmental Justice Movement by Julie Quiroz-Martinez, Diana Pei Wu and Kristen Zimmerman.
ReGeneration examines the powerful visions and
strategies of young people in the U.S. environmental justice
movement. Movement Strategy Center interviewed groups across
the country, and found that youth organizers in the
environmental justice movement are creating new ways to expand
leadership, build intergenerational alliances, work
sustainably and bridge issue areas and communities. The groups
profiled in this report offer models and strategies to
reinvigorate every sector of the national progressive
Activism: A Web Forum by the Social Science Research Council.
A previous issue highlighted Transnational Activism -- young
people’s involvement in global justice movements that seek to
influence and change the policies and practices of powerful
institutions on a global level. The current issue focuses on
African American Youth Activism and calls attention to young
people directly facing the kinds of inequalities that global
justice activism addresses – only they address them locally,
in their own schools and communities.
the Frontlines: Youth Organizers Speak by LISTEN, Inc. Based on
interviews of 52 youth organizers to understand, from their
perspective, the importance and distinctiveness of the work of
collaborative on youth organizing
voice & involvement
Youth on Board
What Kids Can Do