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Part 1: Choosing a Topic


You want to choose a topic that means a lot to you and your family. Ask everyone at home, “If you could change three things in the world, what would they be?” Have everyone write down their answers. If you’d like, you can show them a list of examples first like:


  • Racism

  • Climate Change

  • Lack of Mental Health Resources

  • Littering

  • Homelessness

  • Racism at School


Notice that Racism and Racism at School are both on the list even though they are kind of the same thing. That is ok! Your topic can be broad like racism or more specific like racism at school. Once everyone has written down their top three topics, have a conversation about them. Has any topic come up more than once? Can some topics be combined?


Before making your choice of Topic official, ask at least three people in your community what their top three would be. Why are those things important to them? Ideally, the Topic you choose is something that is really important to you AND really important to people in your community.


Watch this video of Changemaker alumna Mariana describing how their group discussed different topic ideas:

After you’ve chosen your Topic, e-mail what you chose to Was it hard to decide? What influenced your decision?

Go to Part 2: Learning About Your Topic and Choosing Your Impact Project

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