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Youth Can Do Something!

takingITglobal, youthTakingITGlobal – an online social network for young people, is centered around linking youth around the world in order to solve problems. Joining the community opens up forums where students can write their ideas and ask for suggestions from fellow TakingITGlobal members. Students can then go to “Action Tools” and start enacting a solution.

DoSomething features more teen-related content and has a simple interface. With its drop down-list search questions, teens can look for projects based on four criteria (What Cause? Who With? Where? and How Long?). The site’s “How Long?” search criteria allows teens to find project based on how much time they can commit, from one minute up to one year. DoSomething also offers grants to worthwhile projects, and online resources.

The Global Text Project – partner with AIESEC to provide youth with a chance to contribute to the developing world by further promoting the use of open educational resources in those regions most needing of educational resources.

Present in over 110 countries and territories and with over 60,000 members, AIESEC is the world’s largest student-run organisation. Focused on providing a platform for youth leadership development, AIESEC offers young people the opportunity to be global citizens, to change the world, and to get experience and skills that matter today.

Global Citizen Year is a premier global bridge year program designed to unleash the potential of the next generation of young Americans as authentic leaders and effective agents of change. Through a world-class training and individual apprenticeships, our Fellows develop the skills and perspectives they need to succeed in college, careers, and a global economy.

STUDENT PIRGs(Public Interest Research Groups) are an independent statewide student organizations that work on issues like environmental protection, consumer protection, and hunger and homelessness. For nearly 40 years students working with their campus PIRG chapters have been making a real difference in people’s lives and winning concrete changes to build a better world.

ACT Youth Network  – built by youths from all over New York State – “We are young people from all over New York State who are working to improve the health and wellness of ourselves and the communities we live in!”

What Kids Can Do(WKCD) – founded by an educator and a journalist, it’s to demonstrate the power of what young people can accomplish when given the opportunities and supports they need and what they can contribute when we take their voices and ideas seriously. In the fall of 2010, WKCD began its Center for Youth Voice in Policy and Practice, a virtual center that showcases the power of youth as researchers, knowledge creators, and activists—real contributors to public discussions about policy and practice. WKCD also works with youth internationally onphoto documentary/photo essay projects in: Bangalore and Delhi, India; the Czech Republic; Beijing; Ethiopia; Hungary; Japan; London; Romania; South Africa. Our youth collaborators have included Afro-Caribbean and Muslim immigrants in London, teenage slum dwellers in Delhi, and gypsy youth in Romania.

What Kids Can Doother wkcd sites:

CenterforYouthVoice – student action research

FiresInTheMind – student motivation

FirstInTheFamily – advice about college

InOurVillage – Kambi ya Simba, Tanzania

LifeinNewChina – by Beijing youth

TohoVillage – by Japanese youth

randomkids, youth canRandomKid emphasizes three-step solutions where you select a world issue (clean water, animal welfare, etc.), choose a solution (provided by various organizations, or create your own) and “Make it Happen” by collecting donations on your project’s page and spreading the word.

KooDooz is an interactive social network for “youth who want to make a difference.” Challenges are customized based on the age inputted by the user. For example, a challenge relating to stopping teen dating violence might not appear for an eight-year-old while it would for older users. KooDooz requires users to register in order to access challenges and information.

generationOn, youth cangenerationOn brings together Children for Children’s 13 years of building powerful curriculum and empowering youth through service and HandsOn Network’s national and international footprint of volunteer services and 20 years in direct service engagement.  We are scaling the success of the HandsOn model with its 250 action centers and putting youth at the center of change.

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