Global Youth Service Day 2023 takes place on April 21-23
Environmental activist Slater Jewel-Kemker began her journey as a MY HERO Youth Reporter. She has dedicated over a decade documenting the work of brave youth from around the world for her feature documentary, "Youth Unstoppable."
To learn more about Slater's early work with MY HERO: Films About and By Young Filmmaker Slater Jewell Kemker
Slater's commitment to the global youth climate movement is truly inspiring. Slater Jewell Kemker is a Director, Activist and change maker.
10-year-old Jaysa rallies the community with her speeches about how the power plant causes asthma and “so much suffering.” When they succeed in shutting down the plant, Jaysa concludes that “words have power.” Her persistence is an example of the power of one's voice and a refusal to be a bystander.
Enrich student learning using the Young Voices for the Planet Lesson Plans Organized by Grade Level to further explore social justice issues and the power of standing up for what you believe in.
Our world has a serious ocean plastics problem. There are now a higher number of plastics in the ocean than the number of fish. Mabon is an example of how young people can make a difference. He someone who spends time cleaning his favorite beaches. Mabon and his mom, Laura, a wild-swimmer, take their time to methodically clean the beach and name and shame the brands that produce the single-use plastic in the first place.
Inspire your students with this short music video, Unsung Hero Song, featuring youth.
This song was written and performed by Kitty Richardson.
Short Film Program: Students watch the following films and consider the questions.
The following films are about youth activists who identified a problem, then worked on creating a solution by becoming a leader in their community.
A young man becomes an activist when his fellow citizens suffer from a national disaster.
The following stories are about youth activists who are making a difference in their community and the world.
William Kamkwamba is a Malawian engineer, TED speaker, and memoirist who, at 14, built his first windmill from junkyard scraps to help his struggling family farm.
The Following Story has Audio and Text Allowing Students to Listen as They Read Along
1. How are these activists examples of how one person can make a difference regardless of his or her age?
2. What common character traits did you notice about these people?
3. Which issues did you make a personal connection with and why?
4. What are important issues related to climate change facing your community or the world that you would like to address? What can you do? Create an action plan and share your story with MY HERO.
Students will have a better understanding of how one person can make a difference and identify causes that they feel are important. Students will have an opportunity to create an action plan as to how they can work on an issue important to them.
March for Our Lives Posters commissioned by Adobe 1324 and the Amplifier Foundation
Students can share their Hero Essays, Films and Art through our Create Program
Outstanding essays submitted to MY HERO will be considered for a certificate/t-shirt prize or be featured on the Story Homepage.
Students can submit their films for free with a waiver to the MY HERO International Film Festival.
The Global Youth Service Day lesson plan was created by MY HERO Education Outreach Director Laura Nietzer and features youth heroes.
Use the MY HERO Calendar in the Classroom | Discover a New Hero 365 Days a Year
Organizer created on 3/14/2019 1:48:52 PM by Laura Nietzer
Last edited 3/2/2023 10:59:28 AM by Laura Nietzer