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Tips to Help You Implement Asset #27: Equality and Social Justice
As we watch the images on television of people suffering from terrible injustice, the pictures may stir something within us. But that stirring can easily be lost once we turn off the television and walk away. Kids who are concerned about equality and reducing hunger and poverty may or may not know what life is like for those who suffer from these conditions, but they do discover that it’s a good idea to care for people - all people. They care about people they don’t know, who live a world away and who may have many critical needs. They want to do something to make the world a better place. Trevor Ferrell was 11 years old when he saw a news story about homeless people. That evening, he begged his parents to drive him to downtown Philadelphia to hand out blankets and pillows to people with no homes to go to. The next night, he and his family delivered hot food to people in the same neighbor-hood. By the time he was 16, he and his family had opened a 33-room shelter called “Trevor’s Place,” where homeless people could stay for a short time before eventually finding jobs and moving on to permanent housing. “One person can make a difference,” Ferrell says. “Just do what you can and follow your heart.”
Time Together: Three ways your family can focus on quality and social justice:
Talk Together: Questions to discuss with your child:
Questions to Ask: One way to promote equality and social justice is by giving your time, money, or talent to an organization that seeks to reduce hunger, poverty, and injustice. Before you do, however, Louis L. Knowles, author of Guide to World Hunger Organizations, suggests you find out the answers to these questions:
More Help for Parents: The Kids’ Guide to Social Action: How to Solve the Social Problems You Choose—and turn creative thinking into Positive Action by Barbara A. Lewis shows involved kids how to get results for their cause. (Published by Free Spirit)Final Word:“When one helps another, both gain strength.”—Ecuadorian proverb
About the Asset-a-Month Program: This article was provided courtesy of Project Cornerstone’s Asset-a-Month program. The goals of the Silicon Valley Asset-a-Month program are to help align adults throughout our diverse community in their efforts to promote positive youth development by fostering developmental assets. Visit the Developmental-Asset-a-Month Calendar for more tips. For more information about the Asset-a-Month program, contact Project Cornerstone at (408) 351-6482 or firstname.lastname@example.org.