Wanting to improve the world starts with teens caring about their friends
Craig Kielburger was only 12 years old when he travelled to India to see the plight of child laborers first hand. 14-year-old Malala Yousafzai took a stand against the Taliban with her campaign for women’s education rights. Alongside these individuals, organizations like Teen Activist and Do Something rally teens to make a difference in their communities and beyond.
Of course, it’s not every teenager who will step forward and get involved. Under the right conditions, however, the desire to change the world can start early on in life. New research published in the Journal of Youth and Adolescence shows that caring in friendships stands between apathy and activism, and is directly related to a teen’s concern with making a difference.