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You Can Change the World!: Everyday Teen Heroes Making a Difference Everywhere

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22 August 2019

'You can Change the World!: Everyday Teen Heroes Making A Difference Everywhere,' is a book of interviews with teens who have made changes to their own lives or the world around them.

Many teenagers feel powerless and that they don't have control over what happens to them, but this book shows what's possible if you find your 'niche' and have determination and support.

In a world so often obsessed with celebrity, shopping and self-promotion, this book of inspiring stories proves the true power and potential of today’s teens. 

Margaret Rooke asks more than fifty teenagers from across the globe to share their experiences of being volunteers, social entrepreneurs, fundraisers and campaigners, online and beyond. They explain how they raise awareness of the issues they care about and how they’ve improved their own lives and others’; from fighting Islamophobia online, to upcycling clothes for the homeless, preserving Britain’s beaches and founding a football team for children with disabilities: Adversity United.  

One person involved in the book is William Kilgannon, son of Millwall supporter Brian, who was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer at the age of 48 in 2012. William sadly lost his father in 2015.

These inspirational teens also include Amika George, who helped persuade the government to take action on ‘period poverty’ in schools, and Lucy Gavaghan, who at 14 successfully led the campaign to persuade Tesco and other supermarkets to stop stocking eggs from caged birds. 

Zainab thought she’d always be the class clown but now channels her energy into helping rebellious kids as a youth worker at her old school, while Amarni stepped away from the fringes of gang violence and now inspires a group of other teens to focus on their love of music.  

In a recent poll, the Royal Society of Arts found that, when asked to pick words from a list to describe teenagers, adults most commonly chose ‘selfish’, ‘lazy’ and ‘antisocial’, reinforcing young people’s negative self-image. However, the RSA also found that 84% of young people want to help others and 68% have done so through social action and volunteering. 

“When a teenager has a clear desire to make a change for themselves or their community, with the right support they achieve exactly this,” says author Margaret Rooke.  

“It’s so important we see teenagers for who they are. If we dismiss them as ‘generation snowflake’, we are discouraging them from living their best lives.” 

This remarkable book will be a call to arms for any young person who wants to change their own lives or the wider world we live in.

To find out more and to purchase the book, click here.

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