February 10, 2011
Are you a member of Generation G? G stands for growth, green, generosity, giving, grateful, global. The youth of today want to give back to the community around them. More and more teens and young adults are volunteering, recycling, and making lasting change in their environment - which makes lasting change around the world. An increasing number of youth groups are making service trips to areas around the world most in need of help: Haiti, Mexico, even Africa! Their generosity is inspiring others to make a difference too. Read about some amazing students who spent time volunteering in Antarctica!
You may be asking yourself - What can I do to change the world? It could be as small as collecting the empty pop cans after a party, and taking them to be recycled. It could be as big as campaigning to start a recycling program at your school, or in your neighborhood. It could be as generous as collecting donations for victims of natural disaster, or as random as leaving money in the vending machine to give the next person a treat. Generation G is about doing things that inspire others to change as well. Your after school computer time, once a week even, could be dedicated to doing research about local food banks or charities in need of volunteers. Maybe, you could ask your favorite teacher to help you organize a service trip?
The point is that it starts with you. You are making a difference, you are making lasting change. Check out some of these great books we have available about some other teens making change, and get inspired for things you can do.
Generation Green: the ultimate teen guide to living an eco-friendly life by Linda Sivertsen
Grassroots: a field guide for feminist activism by Jennifer Baumgardner
Green teen: the eco-friendly teen's guide to saving the planet by Jean Savedge
What young women are thinking, saying, and doing edited by Sherry Handel