My Class Cares, a nonprofit that coordinates service-learning and global education programs, has developed a free publication called Hopeful Voices. 

Designed as a curriculum supplement for social studies and language arts classes, it features essays written by youth whose challenges have given them much to share about life and hope.  Each essay concludes with prompts for student writing and research assignments.
Hopeful Voices is free for educators. You are invited to download or print your free copy now!