Posts Tagged ‘teenagers’


Getting teenagers passionate about having a significant impact on the world can be a task, but it is an easier undertaking than we might think at first glance. Young people are no different than adults–we want to have purpose and we want to live in a world that is constantly improving. And we aren’t resistant to getting involved to make that happen.

buildOn is a non-profit organization working with urban high schoolers through empowering in-class and after-school programs, creating avenues for community service work within the students’ cities and neighborhoods. The WOW factor is when buildOn does it’s programs where these same high school students build schools and bring literacy to children and adults in developing countries around the world. Since 1992, buildOn volunteer students have helped build 332 schools in rural regions in Haiti, Malawi, Mali, Nepal, Nicaragua, and Senegal. There is an incredible side effect of empowering these city kids…97% of participating student volunteers have gone on to college.


That is not predictable or even rational to expect in any school district, and even less so, statistically, from urban schools.

Can you imagine the incredible world being generated by kids who would spend a spring break, summer vacation, or senior trip opportunity opening the galaxy of learning to others? I want to be part of that world.

Think about encouraging your family to dive in, supporting with a donation, or setting up your own “Ambassador Trek” that allows any age volunteers to participate. The link is here to get involved.

Do Something

Work and school are calling most of us back to the grind tomorrow, albeit with new resolutions, maybe a new sweater, and likely a few new pounds. It’s a great time to hit the ground running.

Do Something is an organization all about empowering teenagers—a generation committed to change and bettering the world. Their proclaimed purpose: “We believe young people have the power to make a difference. It is our aim to inspire, support and celebrate a generation of do-ers: people who see the need to do something, believe in their ability to get it done, and then take action.

Our website is a community where young people learn, listen, speak, vote, volunteer, ask, and take action to make the world a better place. Currently, only 23% of this generation actively volunteers. Our hope is to create a do something generation: a world where more than 51% of young people are involved with community action.”

Their online tools give kids the means and inspiration to take on challenges that fire them up. There are categories of volunteering projects in which to expend their own considerable energy as well as support to create their own new projects (along with the possibility of grants awarded to fund fledgling volunteer programs).

This doesn’t create leaders—teens are leaders by nature—and here are structures and new ways of thinking to support them as they excel more and more in the new year.