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Simple Acts: The Busy Teen’s Guide to Making a Difference (Paperback)
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Simple and actionable tools to help busy young people make a difference in the world.
Young people can make a difference in the world no matter how busy they are. Simple Acts shows them how, with easy and practical tips, activities, and resources that will inspire teens to add intentional acts of kindness and service to their everyday lives.
Simple Acts equips tween and teens with the hands-on tools and know-how they need to make small but meaningful change, such as:
- honoring happy occasions by giving back
- raising money and awareness for the causes they care about
- harnessing the power of social media to spread positive messages
About the Author
Natalie Silverstein, MPH, is an author, speaker, consultant, and passionate advocate for family and youth service. Her first book, Simple Acts: The Busy Family’s Guide to Giving Back, was published by Gryphon House in 2019 and was named one of the “10 Books for Parents Who Want to Raise Kind Kids” by HuffPost.
In September 2013, Natalie launched the first local affiliate of Doing Good Together (doinggoodtogether.org), a Minneapolis-based nonprofit with the mission of helping parents raise kids who care and contribute. As the New York area coordinator, she curates a free monthly email listing of family-friendly service opportunities that is distributed to thousands of subscribers. Natalie is a frequent writer and speaker on the importance of service and acts of kindness in family life, and she has presented to parents, educators, and children across the country. She has appeared on many popular podcasts and on the 3rd Hour of TODAY on NBC. Her personal essays have appeared on parenting websites Grown and Flown, Red Tricycle, and Mommy Poppins, and on the Moms Don’t Have Time to Write platform on Medium.
Natalie earned an undergraduate degree in health policy and administration from Providence College and a master’s degree in public health from Yale. She lives in New York City with her husband and three children.
“Simple Acts inspires the next generation of changemakers to find their passion for service and provides the tools they need to make a meaningful difference in the world, one small act at a time.”
— Laura Benanti, Tony Award–winning actress, author, and activist
“Research tells us that not only does giving back help our communities, it also our helps our tweens and teens manage their stress and anxiety. This is the perfect roadmap for our adolescents to do good in order to do well.”
— Vanessa Kroll Bennett and Dr. Cara Natterson, co-hosts of The Puberty Podcast
“Simple Acts: The Busy Teen’s Guide to Making a Difference is a gift to any family who values raising a teen with kindness, generosity, and a sense of community. This book is not only inspirational, it also helps aspirations become a reality by including actionable ideas and practical resources to get started and sustain a life of giving and empathy.”
— Dr. Sheryl Ziegler, author, Mommy Burnout: How to Reclaim Your Life and Raise Healthier Children in the Process
“Silverstein encourages and inspires teens to know that—even with their busy schedules—they still have time for simple acts of kindness and giving that make a positive difference. She makes it seem not only possible, but incredibly simple (as the title suggests!). Let’s get this book into the hands of teens everywhere, because it’s their turn to make a positive difference in the world.”
— Audrey Monke, Camp Director, Speaker, Podcaster, Author of Happy Campers: 9 Summer Camp Secrets for Raising Kids Who Become Thriving Adults
“Natalie Silverstein’s Simple Acts should be in the hands of every teen who wants to lead through their values and build a purposeful life. Silverstein shows teenagers (just like my own) how they can harness their passion for purpose into giving back and social entrepreneurship—preparing the leaders of tomorrow to make work and life better for us all.”
— Erica Keswin, workplace strategist and bestselling author of Bring Your Human to Work and Rituals Roadmap
“As the parent of two soon-to-be teenagers, this book is perfectly timed for our family. Simple Acts is aligned with my goals of encouraging my kids to live with authenticity and intentionality. Filled with tools, tips, and resources to help busy tweens and teens figure out their why—their purpose and passion—Simple Acts empowers young people to use their time, skills, and energy to help others.”
— Fran Hauser, speaker, investor and author of The Myth of the Nice Girl and Embrace the Work, Love Your Career
“I have never seen such a comprehensive, step-by-step guide that connects all of the dots: helping others, volunteering, and making kind acts part of daily lives. Simple Acts puts actionable steps and resources at the teens’ fingertips and provides clarity with overwhelming. Simple Acts should be required reading for all middle and high school students. I recommend it to all proactive parents who want to raise teens with kindness and purpose. Excellent resource for families!”
— Kimberly King, sexual abuse prevention expert and author of I Said No!
“As teenagers figure out how to become the purpose-driven leaders of the future, perhaps the most important thing they can do is find ways to engage in volunteerism and philanthropy. Natalie Silverstein's new book, Simple Acts, is a great tool to help them get started on this journey. Covering topics like social entrepreneurship, fundraising, and social media as a force for good, it is an approachable, actionable resource guide for today’s busy teens who care about making an impact on the world.”
— Lindsey Pollak, NYT best-selling author, speaker, and multi-generational workplace expert
“As a mother of two teenagers and a little one living in New York City, finding time for service can feel daunting, often like another thing on the endless checklist. Silverstein helps reframe service in this book, helping teens identify which issues matter to them, how they can most effectively help, and why it’s so important to act now. She offers practical advice, substantiated by thorough research, that helps teens integrate service into their lives in a meaningful and organic way. This is a book every teen should read, then read again, then pass it to a friend.”
— Elyssa Friedland, bestselling author of Last Summer at the Golden Hotel, The Floating Feldmans, and The Intermission