The Kid's Guide to Service Projects: Over 500 Service Ideas for Young People Who Want to Make a Difference Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-05-13 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 10 user ratings

" A good book for a student who wants self help in choosing a project that can make a difference in their community. It's filled with practical advice and next steps. " said.

" I got this for a Girl Scout and possibly Destination ImagiNation resource, and it's already proven tremendously helpful. " said.

" very good book. learned a lot of new ways to help kids MAKE A DIFFERENCE. " said.

" Good book for kids to get involved, to start volunteering. Easy to read and follow. Great ideas are provided. I plan to show this to my students and my children. " said.

" Most of the suggested projects were geared toward teenagers, not the kids that the title suggests. Also, projects were very general, like "help" this group or that. I was hoping for more specific suggestions. " said.

"Item Title: The Kid's Guide to Service Projects: Over 500 Service Ideas for Young People Who Want to Make a Difference

Item Call Number: HV41 .L455 2009 ISBN- 978-157542338 Reviewed in: LME 508

Lewis, B.A. (2009). The kid's guide to service projects (Updated 2nd ed.). Minneapolis, MN: Free Spirit Publishing.

Relevance and Relationship—
It is important that students become self-motivated. Ms. Lewis’s service projects books encourages young people to think critically when serving others; become problem solvers. The paperback version is $12.00 but priceless to students who develop needed skills, teachers who are able to teach the sciences to motivated kids, and ultimately, those who benefit from dedicated students’ service.

This book is written as a guide for service projects that address the following:
Community Development
Crime Fighting
The Environment
Health & Wellness
People with Special Needs
Politics & Government
Friendship Lewis (2009

The author, Barbara Lewis, formally taught in the public school system. Ms. Lewis is an award winning writer, teacher and youth services coordinator and she travels to speaking engagements all over the country. She and her students were honored for community contributions by President Clinton and have been featured nationally in many magazines and newspapers, in The Congressional Record, and on television. Lewis (2009) In this book Lewis has added pages such as, “Find Out More” that has names and contact information for organizations young people can do service with.

The Kid's Guide to Service Projects is written in chapters with very few illustrations. The front cover stirs excitement by using pictures of kids involved in service.

Arrangement and Presentation-
The Table of Contents lists the chapter heads in light blue letters and sub chapter titles in brown. The text is a blend of brown and blue with a pinned note effect on several pages. Bullets are used throughout the book as a list of things to do would be. The index is a double column style. The back cover is colorful with blocked sections giving information about Lewis and motivation material for service projects.

In her book of service projects Mrs. Lewis strives to involve young people with many diversity issues; some of which are, homelessness,
hunger, literacy, people with special needs, and seniors. This book is for ages 8 and up.

Resources cited
Lewis. B. (2009). Barbara Lewis website. Retrieved from

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"This big book is packed with projects, conveniently divided into sections such as: animals, community development and beautification, crime fighting, environment, friendship, health, holidays, homeless, hunger, literacy, people with special needs, politics, safety, senior citizens, and transportation. Helpful details are scattered throughout the book; for instance, the section on starting an environmental club is followed by tips on why & how to incorporate the club The final section, "service project how-tos," offers details on creating fliers, petitions, press releases, surveys, lobbies, & much more, as well as fund-raising tips. Good for individuals as well as groups, and for older as well as younger children. 174 pages with index." said.

" Great if you have a child (or group of kids) who are looking for a place to start; not so much if you're looking to expand their helpfulness. Some very good ideas on how to prepare and conduct a successful service project. " said.

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