Habitat for Humanity

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Susan Yudt, Common Sense Media
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Affordable housing charity shows kids how to get involved.

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Educational Value

Kids will learn about Habitat for Humanity's mission of helping to build affordable housing and strong communities around the world. The organization's youth programs section illustrates the need for this type of outreach and gives information on challenges faced in different regions around the world. Kids will find games and printable activities, while teens can learn how to get involved with the organization. Habitat's site is a useful resource for young people looking to reach out to others in need.

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The site encourages and empowers kids to help others.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that HABITAT FOR HUMANITY is a nonprofit Christian organization that works to provide affordable housing for people in need. Its website has a Youth Programs section that's divided into different age groups. The content is targeted to kids 5 and up, but young kids may find the reading and games a bit challenging.

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What's it about?

Habitat for Humanity is a charitable organization that is dedicated to providing \"simple, decent, and affordable\" houses to low-income families around the world. The Youth Programs section on its website is divided into content for ages 5-8, 9-13, and 14-25, plus resources for parents, teachers, and youth leaders. Younger kids will find games, printable activities, and a guide to Habitat for Humanity's global efforts. Content for teens focuses more on how to get involved with the organization's efforts and includes social media and e-newsletter links. Teens must be at least 16 years old to work on Habitat construction sites, but there's information on how younger people can get involved in other ways.

Is it any good?

Habitat for Humanity does a good job clearly articulating its mission and showing examples of how it helps people around the world, and it's easy to get involved through the site. The games illustrate the work Habitat does, but younger kids might find them a bit challenging, and there's no way to refer back to the instructions without starting your game over. The site is mostly about introducing kids to the organization, not keeping them entertained online.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what causes are most important to them and what they've done to help. What are different ways that people can support a cause? Which activities on this site are the most appealing?

  • Volunteering has changed a lot with the growth of social networking sites. How can you stay safe while using the Web to find volunteer opportunities and connect with other civic-minded teens?

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