For generations, young people all over the world have taken an interest in social justice and found the courage to fight for their own rights and the rights of others. Here are eight inspiring middle grade books that prove you’re never too young to stand up for what you believe in and make a difference.
The NYC Stands with Standing Rock Collective developed a syllabus project useful for educators and activists seeking to understand the historical issues of indigenous people’s struggle for social, cultural and ecological justice arising from the current movement to resist the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.
Young people have an innate sense of right and wrong, fair and unfair. Explaining the basics of human rights in age appropriate ways with stories and examples can set the foundation for a lifelong commitment to social responsibility and global citizenship.
The Ford Foundation’s Youth, Opportunity and Learning thematic area seeks a thoughtful, curious and engaged Program Officer to help shape and drive the foundation’s social justice work in the US and globally.
Most of the struggles for equitable schooling, including multicultural curricula and culturally responsive teaching, have largely taken place on a local or national stage, with little awareness of how international human rights standards might support these struggles. “Human Rights and Schooling” explores the potential of human rights frameworks to support grassroots struggles for justice and examines the impact that human rights and child rights education can make in the lives of students, including the most marginalized.
The Morton Deutsch International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution (MD-ICCCR) at Teachers College, Columbia University, is sponsoring the 12th annual Morton Deutsch Award for an Outstanding Graduate Student Paper on Social Justice. Morton Deutsch, one of the world’s preeminent psychologists, has made significant contributions over the many years of his career in the areas of conflict resolution and social justice. The Morton Deutsch Awards are designed to recognize innovative scholarship and practice in the area of social justice. Papers are due February 15.