As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a huge fan of YA author John Green’s videoblogging project with his eco-geek brother Hank called Brotherhood 2.0. Today they launched the “top secret project” they’ve been talking about for the past couple of weeks, in which young adults and other Brotherhood 2.0 fans used Youtube to promote their favorite good causes. In Project for Awesome, literally thousands of people have uploaded videos like this one that my 20-year-old son did this morning. If you take a look, you’ll see in the list of related videos the same “nerdfighter power” screen,
which each video maker placed in the exact middle of their video before uploading it. And if you click on the videos, you’ll see an amazing array of causes dear to the hearts of individual young people. What a great idea, and what a fun way to carry it out!
I love the way young adult literature has moved beyond the early “problem novel” of the 1970s to a time when they combine powerful themes with humor, art, and technology. They still talk about serious issues, but as this project so clearly demonstrates, they also empower young people to work for positive change. Awesome.