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21st Century Kids: Making a Difference

Mona Gilbert, Children's Librarian, Northridge Branch Library,
Kids and parents clean up trash from a beach
Kids who are making a difference provide great role models for others to follow

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, Nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”—Dr. Seuss, The Lorax

Although there are limitations for kids when it comes to impacting our democratic society, there are many actions that can be taken to make a difference. More and more, young people are realizing the world they are inheriting is being shaped now. To become a change agent, 21st-century kids need to care about something bigger than themselves and feel empowered they can make a difference. The Los Angeles Public Library provides resources that address how to implement change and positively impact the future.

Real Kids Making a Difference

Kids who are making a difference provide great role models for others to follow. Readers will find inspiration in the following resources and learn how young change agents execute their efforts.

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”—Anne Frank

Start Now: You Can Make a Difference
Clinton, Chelsea

How to Make a Better World
Swift, Keilly

Marley Dias Gets it Done: And So Can You!
Dias, Marley

Cool Kids Changing The World
Hamilton Waxman, Laura

Never Too Young!: 50 Unstoppable Kids Who Made a Difference
Weintraub, Aileen

Alex's Lemonade Stand: Charities Started by Kids!
Pearl, Melissa Sherman

Fantastic Kids: Helping Others
Lopez, Elizabeth Anderson

Real Kids, Real Stories, Real Change
Sundem, Garth

Benefits of Volunteering

It’s not unusual for volunteers to say they receive many benefits from their volunteer experiences. Whether they are referring to social benefits or feelings of goodwill, giving back and contributing to the greater good is rewarding.

“Often we set out to make a difference in the lives of others only to discover we have made a difference in our own.”—Ellie Braun-Haley

Lety Out Loud
Cervantes, Angela

A Kind of Paradise
Tan, Amy Rebecca