This is what democracy looks like: Youth organizers in Colorado negotiate new school discipline policies to end the school to jail track. Latino and African American students march to district headquarters to protest high school closure. Young immigration rights activists persuade state legislators to pass a bill to make in-state tuition available to undocumented state residents. Students in an ESL class collect survey data revealing the prevalence of racism and xenophobia.
"Provides a powerfully rich analysis of youth activism, and youth participatory research across a variety of settings. Kirshner’s brilliant analysis sheds light into the dark and complicated corners of youth engagement and political action. This book is a must read for researchers and practitioners searching for fresh analysis and innovative insights into youth civic activism and engagement."
—Shawn A. Ginwright, San Francisco State University
“Persuades us that schools would improve and societies benefit if we heard the voices of youth, who are typically left out of public conversations. Listen closely as they explain why they are organizing for equal education.”
—Connie Flanagan, University of Wisconsin-Madison
"[A]ll facets of youth activism are meticulously studied, analyzed, and interpreted using qualitative psychology research, with its case studies intertwined throughout...[I]ts solid research base seems essential for those seeking current analyses and data regarding student activism before beginning similar programs."
“[M]any of the ideas are worth reiterating to a new generation of teachers and researchers. Educating youth to be active participants in social change and proactively engaging them in exploring and defining their own values are inherently valuable regardless of the era or the political climate.”
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