Children Take Charge: Helping Behaviors and Organized Action Among Young People After Hurricane Katrina
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Although children and youth have often been cast as “vulnerable victims” during disasters, their actions have repeatedly demonstrated their capacity to evoke positive change in the face of an ever more turbulent natural environment. This chapter highlights a range of child- and youth-initiated efforts to reduce disaster risk and to promote more disaster resilient communities. The chapter examines the types of activities that children and youth have helped to create and lead, including disaster risk reduction (DRR) initiatives, community-based preparedness programs, and long-term recovery efforts. Both international as well as domestic efforts are compared and contrasted. It also discusses the challenges associated with sustaining such efforts as well as future opportunities for deeper inclusion of child- and youth-led coalitions in traditional emergency management programs.
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