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. Free tools like Canva.com can make design fun and easy.
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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