Youth to Power: Your Voice and How To Use It

Hachette Go. Jun. 2020. 272p. ISBN 9780738246666. pap. $16.99. POL SCI
Even though she describes it as the book she wished she’d had when she embarked on her journey as an activist at age fourteen, Margolin has written a one-stop handbook for all aspiring activists. She writes for youth, and her words have the power to motivate, but her wisdom goes beyond a single population or cause. In the introduction, Margolin explains that many adults have “lost their will to question and rebel” and that young people “are yet to be broken and burned out,” so they’re uniquely primed to question the rules of our current system in ways that engender meaningful change. She demonstrates advocacy in action by featuring profiles, interviews, and references throughout. With chapters that break activism down into incremental steps, including helpful tips relating to mental health and fatigue, Margolin offers concrete and intentional strategies that give readers immediate, focused, manageable action steps that will help them imagine and achieve meaningful changes.
VERDICT This book acknowledges current sociopolitical problems while simultaneously spotlighting ways in which individual acts can challenge these structures. A must-read for youth on how to find their voice and work toward a better future.
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