If It Takes a Village, Build One by Malaak Compton-Rock - Excerpt

Part memoir, part practical guide, If It Takes a Village, Build One offers readers insightful advice on everything from how to find just the right volunteer opportunity, how to get kids involved in a life of service, how to research charities, and even how to start a nonprofit, as Malaak did several years ago. All of this practical wisdom is grounded in inspirational anecdotes about her own experience with service, including her work with Katrina rebuilding and her recent brainchild, Journey for Change: Empowering Youth Through Global Service, a program for at-risk kids from Bushwick, Brooklyn, which takes teens on a two week service mission to South Africa to volunteer and experience the world.
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  IF IT TAKES A VILLAGE, Build One  ■ How I Found Meaning Through a Life of Service and 100+ Ways You Can Too ■ Malaak Compton-Rock  Broadway Books  New York  Crown Publishing Group  Contents ■ Foreword ix Introduction The Glorious Adventure of a Life in Service 1 Chapter 1 Each One, Teach One 9 Chapter 2 Me to We: Finding Myself by Serving Others 40 Chapter 3 Raising Children Who Give 67 Chapter 4 When a Cause Finds You: One Person at a Time ChangingtheWorld 92 Chapter 5 When Catastrophe Strikes: Finding Strength and Confronting Challenges 124 Chapter 6 Citizens of the World 151 Chapter 7 Spreading the Seeds: The Power of the Media 189 Chapter 8 If It Takes a Village, Build One 211 Chapter 9 Speaking Up and Taking a Stand 243 Building the Village: Even More Resources and Ideas to Help YouonYour Way 271  Acknowledgments 290 Crown Publishing Group  Chapter 1 Each One, Teach One ■ Service is the rent we pay for living.  —  MARIAN WRIGHT EDELMAN As far back as I can remember, I’ve been engaged in some kind of service, activism, or volunteer activity, and that without a doubt isthanks to my mother, Gayle Fleming. My mother is an activist fromway back—she must have gotten her interest in politics and worldevents from her  mother, who was a voracious reader and writer,andshe clearly decided to pass both an interest in politics and acommitment to service down to me.What I remember most from my childhood is not so much specific issues, concepts, or causes—those came later. Instead, I re-member what it felt like to be exposed to service and to be taughtabout volunteering. There was the thrill of getting to go somewherewith my mother, who would talk to me beforehand about the jour-ney we were going to take for the day, whether it was a rally, a meet-ing with a nonprofit, or a door- to- door canvass for a candidate shewas supporting. Though, like every child, I only really knew what itwas like to be in my own family, I did have a sense that I was beingexposed to politics and service in a way that was special and slightly different from other kids I knew. Now that I am an adult, this makesperfect sense to me because I have a mother who will geton a bikeand ride from Washington, DC, to North Carolina to raise money for HIV/AIDS awareness and funding, who will plan a yoga- thon to Crown Publishing Group


Sep 19, 2017
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