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Is your teen looking for an outlet to discuss social justice issues?

DECATUR, Ill.— Does your teen have a passion for social justice issues around the world? Are they looking for an outlet to discuss their views, while learning from those with differing frames of reference? The Global Social Justice Book Club provides teens a safe space to deeply engage with their peers on crucial issues.

The Global Social Justice Book Club will be held virtually from 5 to 6 p.m. on June 22. Choose a book from a list of topic relevant options (or choose your own), read it, and come to the first meeting ready to discuss your thoughts and views. The first topic will be “Youth Voices” and the book list includes “Youth to Power: Your Voice and How to Use It” by Jamie Margolin, “The Other Side: Stories of Central American Teen Refugees who Dream of Crossing the Border” by Juan Pablo Villalobos, “Butterfly Yellow” by Thanhha Lai, and “Trash” by Andy Mulligan.

"Explore and learn about different perspectives on hard and important topics around the world and even from your peers," says Olivia Warren, 4-H youth coordinator. "Learn how to navigate difficult conversations to be better prepared for the world ahead."

This book club is for ages 14 to 18 and is free to attend. Register by June 15 at Please email Olivia Warren or call 217-877-6042 for further information.

The 4-H program is provided through University of Illinois Extension and is open to youth ages 8 to 18. Youth learn skills for living by participating in individual or group learning experiences related to more than 200 project areas. More information about Extension and 4-H is available at or find Macon County 4-H on Facebook.

University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please contact 217-877-6042. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time for meeting your access needs.

Source: Olivia Warren, 4-H Youth Development Coordinator, University of Illinois Extension

Writer: Laura Crider, Marketing and Communications, University of Illinois Extension

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