Youth Service America

Common Sense Media says

Safe, thorough resource helps kids make a difference.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Encourages and supports kids in their efforts to volunteer in their communities.

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Sex
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Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is a safe resource that supports and encourages kids and young adults to help in their communities. There is no registration required, other than for Project Plan-It, which helps groups organize projects. It's a safe, go-to spot for those looking to do some good.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Social Studies

  • citizenship

Skills

Self-Direction

  • initiative
  • personal growth
  • effort
  • goal-setting

Emotional Development

  • perspective taking
  • empathy

Collaboration

  • cooperation
  • group projects

Tech Skills

  • social media

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

YSA is all about getting kids excited about service to others, and the website is a great resource to get the ball rolling -- and keep it going. Makes volunteering easy for any age.

Learning Approach

The information on the site helps kids build a concept of what some of the needs and issues are in communities and what organizations and grants they may be able to partner with or apply for to help.

Support

There are plenty of opportunities for involvement and growth through YSA and linked partner organizations. Teens can also create an account to share information on projects with other teens via blog posts, photos, and videos.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Social Studies

  • citizenship

Skills

Self-Direction

  • initiative
  • personal growth
  • effort
  • goal-setting

Emotional Development

  • perspective taking
  • empathy

Collaboration

  • cooperation
  • group projects

Tech Skills

  • social media

Teens can learn about volunteerism and citizenship via Youth Service America's programs and partners. Kids can read about what other teens are doing, and can get involved with a project or activity that sparks their interest. As a result, they can learn about how initiative, goal setting, and effort can combine to not only help others but also to facilitate personal growth, too. Since many of the projects relate to helping others in your community, teens can also gain perspective on their own community and empathy for others. There are plenty of opportunities for involvement and growth through YSA.

This Learning Rating review was written by Dana Villamagna

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What's it about?

Youth Service America's site provides information to facilitate teen community service and connect them with organizations and grants to help them be successful. It also incorporates an advocacy campaign called Global Youth Service Day in April. Teens can click on a number of projects and campaigns on the site to learn about the many service options. They can also create an account to share information on projects with other teens via blog posts, photos, and videos. There's a giant list of national and global YSA partner organizations with links to their sites, too.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

YSA is all about getting kids excited about service to others, and the website is a great resource to get the ball rolling -- and keep it going. Through its national campaigns like Global Youth Service Day and tools like Project Plan-It, the site makes volunteering easy for any age. This international, non-profit resource center represents more than 200 organizations whose focus is to improve life in their communities. Taking on big global issues such as poverty, hunger, and literacy, the site provides information and tools to get projects moving and make them successful. It also incorporates an advocacy campaign called Global Youth Service Day

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the importance and necessity of volunteering. Do you think it is important to volunteer? What age do you think is appropriate to begin volunteering?

  • What are some safe practices when using the Internet as a tool to get projects or services started?

Website details

Genre:Civic Engagement
Pricing structure:Free

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  • Best: Really engaging, great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging, good learning approach.
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  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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