Adultism by Paul Kivel- We can be strong and powerful adult allies to the young people we know if we can shift our emphasis from raising their self-esteem to increasing their power. That, in turn, will allow the exuberance, insight, and creativity of young people to contribute to bettering all our lives.
Are You Mentoring For Social Justice? An article about mentoring for social justice - about not just helping those who are younger or less fortunate get ahead, but a challenge to those who are older to take responsibility to help younger people become more effective participants in an inter-generational web of people working to rebuild their communities based on values of respect, inclusion, healing, equity, love, and social justice.
Power And Possibilities - Recognizing the power and possibilities of working at the intersection of youth development, youth organizing, and programming that recognizes the importance of multiple youth identities, the Ms. Foundation for Women and its partners launched the Collaborative Fund for Youth-Led Social Change (CFYS). This exciting initiative works with donor and grantee partners from across the United States to: explore a variety of social change and organizing models that are steeped in community, organizational, and political contexts; support intergenerational leadership efforts that promote learning and mentoring between adults and youth, and provide youth with real leadership opportunities in programs and organizations; build capacity of innovative organizations to undertake program activities and build organizational strength and longevity; and develop a learning agenda that ensures that participating organizations and the field learn from this unique initiative.
Creating Safety And Justice For Women And Girls: Transforming Communities - The Transforming Communities project mobilizes volunteer community members into Community Action Teams (CATs) around specific areas of interest. The CAT members design and implement strategies to transform institutions, behaviors, and belief systems in ways that hold violent men accountable and that create safety and justice for women and girls. This document is intended to encourage and guide domestic violence organizations in adapting this theory, rationale and methodology of social change for their own communities.
The Social Norms Approach To Violence Prevention - The social norms approach is founded upon a set of assumptions that individuals incorrectly perceive that the attitudes or behaviors of others are different from their own, when in reality they are similar. This article details the social norms approach to violence prevention that is being used in the United States by colleges, universities, health departments and sate coalitions to engage men as allies in preventing violence against women.
Girls and Violence: Is The Gender Gap Closing? - Reading the paper or watching television it's hard to avoid the impression that girls' violence has increased dramatically over the last decade. Headlines like "Ruthless Girlz," "Are Girls Getting Meaner?," and "Bad Girls" all warn of the new face of youth violence. This report reviews the objective evidence regarding youthful female violence, makes suggestions about what is occurring, and then briefly suggests ways that those who work with and care about girls can address the issue positively.
Boys Will Be Men: Raising Our Sons For Courage, Caring And Community - Young people face a world of everlasting complexity, alienation and violence. But our schools seem largely unable to provide them with the skills and understanding they need to survive, to thrive, to make a difference. 'Boys Will Be Men' helps parents and educators grapple with the complex forces in our sons' lives, including racism, homophobia, pornography, drugs and sex. It offers sound advice on how we can raise our sons to become the kind of men needed for a democratic society.
Doing Democracy: the MAP Model for Organizing Social Movements - Doing Democracy provides both a theory and working model for understanding and analyzing social movements, ensuring that they are successful in the long term. Beginning with an overview of social movement theory and the MAP (Movement Action Plan) model, Doing Democracy outlines the eight stages of social movements, the four roles of activists, and case studies from the civil rights, anti-nuclear energy, Central America, gay/lesbian, women's health, and globalization movements.
The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make A Big Difference - The tipping point is that magic moment when an idea, trend, or social behavior crosses a threshold, tips, and spreads like wildfire. Just as a single sick person can start an epidemic of the flu, so too can a small but precisely targeted push cause a fashion trend, the popularity of a new product, or a drop in the crime rate. This widely acclaimed bestseller, in which Malcolm Gladwell explores and brilliantly illuminates the tipping point phenomenon, is already changing the way people throughout the world think about selling products and disseminating ideas.