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Youth to Power

Youth to Power

Your Voice and How to Use It

Climate change activist and Zero Hour founder Jamie Margolin offers the essential guide to changemaking for young people.

The 1963 Children’s March in Birmingham, Alabama. Tiananmen Square, 1989. The 2016 Dakota Access Pipeline protests. March for Our Lives, and School Strike for Climate. What do all these social justice movements have in common?

They were led by passionate, informed, engaged young people.

Jamie Margolin has been organizing and protesting since she was fourteen years old. Now the co-leader of a global climate action movement, she knows better than most how powerful a young person can be. You don’t have to be able to vote or hold positions of power to change the world.

In Youth to Power, Jamie presents the essential guide to changemaking, with advice on writing and pitching op-eds, organizing successful events and peaceful protests, time management as a student activist, utilizing social media and traditional media to spread a message, and sustaining long-term action. She features interviews with prominent young activists including Tokata Iron Eyes of the #NoDAPL movement and Nupol Kiazolu of the #BlackLivesMatter movement, who give guidance on handling backlash, keeping your mental health a priority, and how to avoid getting taken advantage of.

Jamie walks readers through every step of what effective, healthy, intersectional activism looks like. Young people have a lot to say. Youth to Power gives you the tools to raise your voice.
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Genre: Nonfiction / Political Science / Civil Rights

On Sale: June 2nd 2020

Price: $10.99 / $13.99 (CAD)

Page Count: 272

ISBN-13: 9780738246673

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Reader Reviews


"Among the many lessons in Jamie Margolin's inspiring manifesto Youth to Power is the counsel to 'find your why.' It is the advice of a wise elder in the voice of a young activist. Everyone, young and old, should read this enlightened and engaging call to action. It is a roadmap for a new generation of social activists and perhaps a critical piece of what may save us as a species and a planet. History will remember this book."
Ken Burns
"In a time where politics largely ignores young people, Youth to Power is a necessary blueprint for those searching to change that reality. It provides us with comprehensive deep dives into the lives of youth activists, revealing the hardships and motivations behind all the work they do."—Jaclyn Corin
"Jamie Margolin has been on the front lines in the fight to avert climate catastrophe. Whether young or old, please read her account, Youth to Power, and be inspired to join the battle."
Michael E. Mann, Distinguished Professor, Penn State University and co-author of The Madhouse Effect: How Climate Change Denial Is Threatening Our Planet, Destroying Our Politics, and Driving Us Crazy
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