(Focus: high school kids)

Teens pay attention when I ask them what they care about. As the author of It’s Up to Us, a handbook for teens, I use an easy tone and style, and plenty of dramatic stories, to show students that nothing is more important than living a meaningful life, and that the surest path to that meaning is service. You can find thousands of ways to make a difference, I tell kids—and then offer practical tools for the search. Find the ways that excite you, I say, and go for them with everything you’ve got.