A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this website.
Gives teens an easy way to find volunteer opportunities. PSAs from celebs underscore the value of community service.
Products & Purchases
The project's home page doesn't have any ads, but if you click through to the videos page, there are ads for junk food, candy, and soda.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that MTV.com launched this project to help support President Obama's "United We Serve" initiative, which encourages people to get involved in community service. Serve.MTV is basically just a page on MTV.com that sends teens to other sites -- all of which are safe and reputable -- where they can search for volunteer opportunities and learn how to start their own service projects. There are also some PSA videos from celebs like Cameron Diaz and the Black Eyed Peas' wil.i.am.
Is It Any Good?
Aside from the PSA videos, there's not much original content on SERVE.MTV. However, the project links to several good organizations and directs visitors to All for Good, an excellent Web application that enables users to search for volunteer opportunities based on their location and interests. Teens looking for more robust coverage of politics and activism can check out Think.MTV.
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Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.