Most parents are always encouraging our youth to get off the couch and do something! DoSomething.org is an organization that helps teens with social causes they care about. This is the generation of “doers” and this organization provides an avenue for young adults to make a difference in the community they live. They have 3 rules: No money, no car, and no adults!
I came across a video online on “How to Use Social Media for Good” by Monique Coleman, in a section called DoSomething U, which helps people starting not-for-profit organizations or social enterprises. That got me to their site and from there I found all these amazing clubs our youth is organizing and most importantly, doing.
They also have the Do Something Awards which were earlier this year on VH1. They select 5 nominees that receive a $1,000 towards their cause and the Grand Prize Winner receives a $100,000 grant for funding for their project. The 2010 Grand Prize winner is Jessica Posner who started a community center in the second largest slum in the world, which is in Kibera Africa where 66% of girls there trade sex for food as early as 6 years old.
But not everyone needs to cure cancer or fight AIDS to participate; any student can start a project they care about in their own community or simply search for volunteering oppurtunities near them.
Since one of the rules is no adults, I would suggest sharing the site with your children and letting them run with the ball from there.
Here is a recap of the 2010 DoSomething Awards.
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