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`Guide to Social Action'

"This is the Age of the Kid," Barbara Lewis, a teacher at Jackson Elementary in the Salt Lake City School District, wrote in the introduction to her book, "The Kid's Guide to Social Action." "The world needs to see your work and to hear your voice. And you need to start asserting and enjoying your rights."

But how?The following tips for social action are included in Lewis' book, published by Free Spirit Publishing, copyright 1991, and edited by Pamela Espeland.

1. Choose a problem. Look around your neighborhoods for something you'd like improved.

2. Do research. Survey your school or neighborhood. Telephone and interview officials, write letters and pay attention to the news.

3. Brainstorm possible solutions.

4. Build coalitions of support. "The more people you have on your team, the more power you will have to make a difference."

5. Identify your opposition. Meet with opponents and try to win them over, or compromise and work together.

6. Advertise. Call newspapers, TV and radio stations. Send press releases.

7. Raise money. While not essential, "sometimes you have more power if you put money where your mouth is."

8. Carry out your solution. Make a list of steps you need to take, such as making speeches or passing petitions.

9. Evaluate your progress.

10. Don't give up. "Remember, a mountain looks tallest from the bottom. Don't give up. Climb!"