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Do Something!: A Handbook for Young Activists (Paperback)

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Kids want to do it. Parents want their kids to do it. Schools often require kids to do it. So do it: Do something and change the world.  And here’s how, in a fist-in-the-air book for every young activist. knows exactly how to reach kids. The largest Internet-based teen service organization, it supports 750,000 projects, receiving 15 million visitors a month, and, for the first time ever, broadcasting a Do Something Awards show on VH1.

Do Something!
takes aim at the next generation of do-gooders. Written in a lively, in-your-face style, designed to be edgy and hip, it’s the kind of interactive, educational book every parent will feel good about giving because it shows kids how to get involved, in language they understand.

It’s an idea-to-execution guide. Quizzes help readers pinpoint their “thing”—a cause that fires them up. Then come the tools that show how to get something done, whether it’s making a poster, raising money, sending around a petition, or enlisting friends.

There are 33 action plans, touching on areas such as the environment, human rights, poverty, animal welfare, education, disaster relief—plus worksheets, facts, and outlines to help socially conscious kids create their own projects, and, for inspiration, profiles of grant winners. Additionally, is setting up a separate website for this book’s readers.

About is one of the largest organizations in the US that helps young people rock causes they care about. A driving force in creating a culture of volunteerism, is on track to activate two million young people in 2011. By leveraging the web, television, mobile, and pop culture, inspires, empowers and celebrates a generation of doers:  teenagers who recognize the need to do something, believe in their ability to get it done, and then take action.  Plug in at


About the Author

Vanessa Martir, formerly a content editor of, graduated from Columbia University and is pursuing her dream of being a novelist, poet, and writing teacher. Her previous books include Woman's Cry.

Nancy Lublin is the CEO and Chief Old Person of She is also the founder of Dress for Success, which she ran for 7 years. She graduated from Brown University, Oxford University, and NYU School of Law. She writes a popular column for Fast Company and teaches not-for-profit management at NYU and Yale School of Management.

Julia Steers, formerly a content editor of, graduated from Georgetown University and is currently social media manager at The Huffington Post.

Praise For…

“This guide to activism includes simple, do-able ways for kids of all ages to make a difference.”

Boston Parents’ Paper

Product Details
ISBN: 9780761157472
ISBN-10: 0761157476
Publisher: Workman Publishing Company
Publication Date: October 24th, 2010
Pages: 280
Language: English