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Engage in our world

Our democracy depends engaged citizens who stand up for their passions and support their community and the world.

SHS invites you to engage in our world, and this resource has been built to give you the tools and resources to best support you on this path. 

Taking the first step

Taking the first steps...

The Harvard Democratic Knowledge Project developed 10 Questions for Young Changemakers with questions to help formulate and execute a plan to make change in our community and world. 

The the infographic to the right, includes the 10 questions with descriptions. 

Examine yourself and the issue (Questions 1, 2, and 3)

To take your first step, you must examine yourself and how your experiences can influence your actions. 

Knowing why you are passionate about an issue may help you find a path to follow. Even if you do not want to share your story with others, examining it yourself can be powerful. 

Then do your research. Look at the issue more closely and how it affects people outside of yourself.

Connect with others (Questions 4, 5, 6, and 7)

Connections with others, whether in person or virtually is when real change often begins to happen, but it is also incredibly important to be cognizant of the downsides and sometimes danger of crowds. 

Connections with others can give you insight into how others have approached the problem, but it can also amplify your voice if you have more allies. Your impact expands, the more you are able to make connections with other people. 

Take action (Questions 8, 9, and 10)

Do you want to share your voice or influence others? How can your voice influence others?

Find your path through advocacy, volunteering, engaging in the political system, or your own way of being the change you want to see in the world. 

Recommended Books

Emily's social-justice book montage

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Dear Martin
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The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives
Blood Water Paint
When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir
Cuz: The Life and Times of Michael A.
Little Fires Everywhere
Children of Blood and Bone
Piecing Me Together
How It Went Down
Lies We Tell Ourselves
#Notyourprincess: Voices of Native American Women
I Am Alfonso Jones
Deep Dark Blue: A Memoir of Survival
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10 Questions for Young Changemakers

Shared with permissions from the Harvard Democratic Knowledge Project. 

10 Questions Padlet

Students at SHS shared what matters most to them on the below Padlet, March 2019. 

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