World-Changing Youth Voices
“Our children are the rock on which our future will be built, our greatest asset as a nation”- Nelson Mandela
You may think that kids who make a difference all come from one place or look a certain way, but that couldn’t be further from the truth! Kids all around the world are offering new ideas and taking a stand for what they believe in, no matter how big or small the issue is. And as a result, they are helping make our world a better place for us all. Today at Camp Kinda, you’ll meet some of these change-makers and investigate ways in which you can start to make a difference as well.
what you’ll need
- A computer, tablet, or mobile phone and access to the internet
- Pens, crayons, markers, or colored pencils
- Construction paper
- A printer (optional)
Ask About Today
What are some of the ways kids have changed the world? Do any stand for causes you’re passionate about?
If you could invent something that solves a global or national issue, what would the invention be and how would it work?
Skip the Ads
Unfortunately, online videos often start with short advertisements. Remind your campers to click the "Skip" button as soon as they can to move ahead to the video.
Kids Calling for Change
Making a difference—whether in your own community or across the world—starts with activism. And activism takes many shapes and forms. See how these 10 young people saw a problem and took a stand to solve it using different strategies and styles.
Remember: Online videos often start with advertisements. (Annoying, we agree!) Click the "Skip" button as soon as you can to move ahead to the video.
Advice from Kid President
We wanted to hear what the President (Kid President, that is...) thinks it takes to change the world. Let's find out.
Understanding what people think and why is an important first step in bringing about change of any kind. Today, you’ll create a survey to learn how your family, friends, or neighbors feel about a certain issue. By the end of the week, you’ll create your very own public awareness campaign and their responses will help you brainstorm and organize possible solutions.
Brainstorm Issues You Care About
Start by brainstorming a list of issues you care about or a change you would like to see. It doesn't have to be something huge. For example, you might want people to drive more carefully on your street, or protect certain kinds of animals, or take better care of your natural environment. What matters to you?
Create Some Questions
Pick the issue or change you care about most, then think of what questions you’d like to ask your community to see if they share your values.
For instance, if you're interested in keeping your neighborhood cleaner, you might ask questions like:
- Do you think litter is a problem in our neighborhood? Circle "Yes" or "No"
- How often do you see trash in our neighborhood when you are walking or driving around?
- What do you think is the main reason that people leave litter around here?
- Where do you notice the most trash in our neighborhood?
- Would you be willing to do something to help keep our neighborhood cleaner?
Build Your Survey
Pick your best questions and make sure they are clear and easy to understand. Then type them into a document on a computer or write them out by hand. You can also consider using an online survey like Google Forms to collect responses by email.
Click the button to see an example of a survey one family used to learn about kids' lunch choices and experiences at school.
Pro tip: Think about using multiple-choice answers to make it easier for you to collect and analyze your survey results!
Think about who should complete your survey and how you can get it to them. Even if you don’t have a printer, you can make several copies of your survey by hand and distribute them in your neighborhood with a parent, or ask questions in person and record their answers.
Snap a photo! We'd love to see you in action. Ask a parent to email a photo to us or share it on Instagram or Twitter by tagging @CampKinda.
For younger explorers
Malala's Magic Pencil
Malala Yousafzai is the youngest person to win a Nobel Peace Prize for her bravery in standing up for the importance of education. Today you will read her book Malala's Magic Pencil. Let's pretend that you have a magic pencil. What three things can you draw that represent who you are and what you care about? Draw those three things with your magic pencil.
Meet Malala Yousafzai
She was briefly mentioned in today's earlier videos, but Malala Yousafzai is a name that should be known around the world. She is the youngest person to win a Nobel Peace Prize for her bravery in standing up for the importance of education. Now, July 12th is named "Malala Day" in her honor.
Amazing Kid Inventors
In addition to leading movements for social change, kids have been doing other amazing things throughout history—like inventing world-changing stuff. Did you know the Braille alphabet was created by a French teenager? Or that the first TV came from the mind of a farm boy in Idaho? Find out more in this article.
For younger explorers
Warrior With Words
Learn more about Malala with this read-along of Malala Yousafzai, Warrior With Words.
Be a Hero for the Bees
Even kid heroes need brain breaks. Give your voice a rest and recharge with this fun Google doodle game for Earth Day 2020. Your job? Spread the pollen and save the earth. You've got this.
AJ's Recycle Rescue
Take a break at Hero Elementary and play the game AJ's Recycle Rescue with PBS Kids.
Get Pumped for Change
Making phone calls to law makers, protesting in the streets with your family, and even passing out and collecting your surveys from today requires stamina! Before you can hit the streets, you’ve gotta be able to take the heat.
Trash Scavenger Hunt
Want to start making a difference today? Join your family on a trash scavenger hunt. Bring gloves and bags to pick up trash around your neighborhood. The first person who picks up an item from each category wins!
more to explore
A History of Youth-Led Movements
Click through this terrific interactive timeline of groundbreaking youth-led movements in the United States since 1903.
An Activist's Reading List
Passionate about changing the world? Check out this great list of books for young activists, from our friends at Common Sense Media.