Voices of Change

Voices of Change


Compiled by Avi Benlolo With The Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies


Young students voice their thoughts on current issues that affect them, and our society.

For evil to Flourish it only requires good men to do nothing”, “Freedom is not a gift from Heaven, one must fight for it every day” and “Freedom of speech is not the freedom to propagate hatred” are only a few of the quotes that inspired young people to thoughtfully write about racism, bullying, intolerance, LGBT issues, anti-Semitism and genocide in this compelling collection.

From different races and backgrounds the writers here respond to the social justice and human rights concerns that confront them and the world today. Selected from submissions made to the “Speaker’s Idol” competition conceived by editor Ari Bentola for the Wiethenthal Center, which challenges young people to consider how they would like to change the world to make it a better place. Compelling and honest, “Voices for Change” reflects the fears and hopes of their generation and demands that all humanity must do better.


About the Compiler

Avi Benlolo is a Canadian human rights activist, and the president and chief executive officer of the Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies. The Lieutenant Governor of Ontario awarded him The Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal for service to Canada and his community. Benlolo lives in Toronto, Ontario.

Product Information

  • Release: April 15, 2019
  • $14.95 Paperback
  • 120 Pages
  • Children's Nonfiction
  • 8 x 6.5
  • Ages 9-12 / Grades 4-7
  • ISBN: 9781772600957


  • Activism
  • Civil Rights
  • Global Politics