Healthy children become empowered youth become capable leaders: find resources for developing resilience, strength, and determination in the face of crisis, marginalization, and dehumanization – all for a more hopeful tomorrow.

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Start by creating a community ready to address the ‘spiritual emergency’ brought about by climate change with, In Deep Waters: Spiritual Care for Young People in a Climate Crisis (Fortress).

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Learn how climate change disproportionately affects women, minoritized groups, and the poor – and how a leading conservation activist in Colombia is, “[rewriting] women’s part in our climate future” in To Save a Forest, Look to the Women (Yes! Magazine).

You might also listen in as Colette Pinchon-Battle speaks on the intersection of climate and racial justice in “Advancing Equity through Ethical Climate Adaptations” at the Westminster Town Hall Forum, Wednesday, April 27, 2022; 12:00/Noon. Learn more here.

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Be inspired by US activists determined to forge their own futures with Unbroken and Unbowed: A History of Black Protest in America (WJK).

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Explore how socialization in the US shapes women’s goals and behaviors around leadership, with Buried Talents: Overcoming Gendered Socialization to Answer God’s Call (IVP) [regrettably, this appears to address only male v. female tropes, rather than the broader spectrum of gender-identities].

Find more on Confronting Misogyny in our lib guide.

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From spiritual to mental health: “…remove the barriers of stigma and shame associated with mental illness in children and teens” informed by Blessed Youth: Breaking the Silence about Mental Illness with Children and Teens and its companion Survival Guide (both Chalice).

Find additional Mental Health resources for all ages and diverse peoples in our Pastoral Care: Mental Health & Addictions lib guide.

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And when you’ve empowered leaders of all kinds around you, take a moment to be encouraged in your own leadership: join the Sacred Conversation: Discovering the Seven Gifts of Spiritual Direction (Upper Room).

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Blessings as you lead and lift up leaders of today and tomorrow!