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NANCY'S TIPS: CHILDREN AND ACTIVISM! Th e w or ld is a ver y dif f er en t place ch allen ges. n ow t h an w h en w e w er e ch ildr en ; 2. Ask you r ch ildr en w h at m ost m at t er s t o t h em by h elpin g t h em t o iden t if y cau ses an d issu es t h at in t er est t h em . Br ain st or m con cr et e act ion s t h at cou ld be don e t o assist t h eir in t er est , su ch as r aisin g m on ey by sellin g lem on ade, w r it in g a let t er t o t h eir local r epr esen t at ive or f eder al sen at or , or join in g a gr ou p. h ow ever , t h er e h ave alw ays been cau ses t h at pr om ot e n eeded social su ppor t ch an ge. It to is im por t an t t o in st ill in ch ildr en t h at t h ey h ave an obligat ion t o st an d u p f or w h at t h ey believe an d t o be act ive par t icipan t s in su ppor t in g t h eir belief s. As par en t s, t h er e ar e sever al t h in gs w e can do to assist ou r ch ildr en t o becom e act ivist s. 1. Talk t o t h em abou t w h at is goin g on in t h e w or ld. It is im por t an t t o t alk w it h t h em cou n t r ies an d abou t ch allen ges com m u n it ies f ace. Wit h you n ger ch ildr en , f ocu s on t h eir ow n com m u n it y; w it h older ch ildr en , br oaden t h e discu ssion s t o w ider geogr aph ic ar eas t h at ar e f acin g social, polit ical, an d/ or econ om ic 3. Pr ovide exam ples of h ow ot h er s ar e t ak in g act ion . Poin t ou t act ivism w h er ever you see it , su ch as t ow n m eet in gs, people w r it in g an d lobbyin g t h eir r epr esen t at ives, m ar ch es. Sh ar e st or ies of ot h er ch ild/ you t h act ivist s an d t h eir st or ies. 4. Walk t h e t alk . Be an exam ple f or ch ildr en by becom in g in volved in a cau se t h at is of in t er est t o you or t h e f am ily. In volve ch ildr en w h en ever possible. If you t ak e t h em ser iou sly,