Create a Newsletter
Teach active citizenship and get engaged together.
Write your own newsletter about an issue your family is passionate about. Teaching others is a great way to learn about a topic while inspiring people to take action.
Whomever you choose – family, friends, neighbors.
What you’ll need
- Computer, paper and pen, markers or crayons
- Decide as a family what issue to explore or what cause you find most meaningful.
- Pick a newsletter format and brainstorm what you’ll include.
- Have family members contribute according to their interests and writing ability.
- Create a mailing list of family and friends.
- Send it off (online or printed out) and make your voices heard!
- Why is it important to learn about the problems facing the world and near where we live?
- There are many possible issues to explore. What are some that our family cares about? What are some ways we can stay up-to-date on community and global concerns?
- What are other ways we can urge people to become involved?
- The Kid’s Guide to Social Action: How to Solve the Social Problems You Choose – And Turn Creative Thinking into Positive Action by Barbara A. Lewis (Free Spirit Publishing, 1998). Ages 9-12. The stories of kids who’ve made a difference will inspire young activists, and the how-to sections (on writing letters, creating petitions, fundraising, getting media coverage) will give kids and adults skills to change the world.
- A Value Tales Treasury: Stories for Growing Good People by Spencer Johnson (Simon and Schuster, 2010). Ages 4-8. Motivating and creative biographies of people who have lived out their values to help others and the world.
Take it further
- Send a monthly newsletter to family and friends on a different world issue.
- Consider a multimedia newsletter with text, video, photographs, interviews and music.
- Create a newsletter telling the story of your Big-Hearted Family™ experiences. Share what projects you’ve done and the difference you’ve made. Perhaps you’ll inspire other families!
- Have family members learn about a topic of interest and share what they learned with one another.
- If one or more of your children loves writing, perhaps they’d like to start their own blog about an issue that matters to them – or start a family blog.
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