Youth Service America

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Jessica Dawson, Common Sense Media
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Safe, thorough resource helps kids make a difference.

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Educational Value

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.

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

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What 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.

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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?

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

Talk to your kids 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?

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