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DoSomething.org

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Not-for-profit site encourages and supports youth action.

What parents need to know

Educational value

Kids can learn to lead and serve their communities by organizing fun drives for charity, reading about important issues, and sharing their experiences. DoSomething provides fun facts, how-to guides, lessons learned, and even scholarship rewards for teens who are willing to take the step of organizing peers and being leaders. Kids can tap into any issue important to them. They can lead drives for prom dresses, raise awareness about bullying, and learn about protecting the environment. This upbeat and encouraging site gives teens the tools and motivation to make a positive impact.

Positive messages

Inspires young people to become active in causes that interest them.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this not-for-profit site offers practical help to get young people involved in social causes.

What's it about?

DOSOMETHING.ORG is a not-for-profit site that focuses on empowering and encouraging young people to take action around issues that matter to them. It provides information and education about specific projects and charities, and provides support in the way of grants and funds for do-gooders who want to apply and turn their ideas into a reality. Registration is required to post videos and join discussion. Teens have the option of entering their cell phone number for volunteer purposes.

Is it any good?

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DoSomething.org inspires young adults to get involved in their communities, and gives them resources in which to act on those ideas. Whether your teens are looking for a way to volunteer in your town, or seeking advice and funds to get their own start-up project going, this site is the place to start. It's easy, accessible, and a great venue for good people who want to become active and do something good for others.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the benefits of the Internet when it comes to not-for-profit programs and volunteer work. Are there any negative aspects to using the Internet to further a cause? What are some safe practices when posting videos or discussions online, even when on a supposed safe and secure Web site?

Website details

Subjects:Social Studies: citizenship, global awareness
Skills:Emotional Development: empathy, perspective taking, self-awareness
Self-Direction: goal-setting, motivation, personal growth
Responsibility & Ethics: honoring the community
Collaboration: teamwork
Genre:Civic Engagement
Pricing structure:Free

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Parent Written byBarbLents September 11, 2010

Beware of the politics!

Such a promising website, but unfortunately highly politicized. For example, the issue of reproductive rights is discussed solely from the pro-abortion point of view. Very biased, even in it's telling of our country's history on this issue. It is a shame that they couldn't encourage young people to "do something" on either side of the issue, whichever one they feel passionate about, not just the one they feel is right.
Parent of a 11, 12, 14, 14, 15, and 16 year old Written byJaeie May 13, 2009

It was boring, says my kids

They said it was very boring
Teen, 13 years old Written byNoseStuckInABook April 15, 2010

Awesome site!

I just found this site recently and it's really good.
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