DoSomething.org is a non-profit organization that empowers and aids youth 13-25 in making an impact on the world by helping with causes that are close to their hearts. This really is an organization geared towards young people. And these kids (since apparently anything above 25 is old) are kicking butt and taking names.
DoSomething.org helps with grants, clubs, and scholarships and helping a variety of causes from bullying and violence to the environment to physical and mental health. According to their mind-blowing stats 🙂 2.4 MILLION young people took action in 2012. That is a lot of young people.
Examples of projects being done with dosomething.org include
- Birthday Mail – Creating birthday cards for kids experiencing homelessness
- Thumb Wars – Saving friends from the dangers of texting and driving
- Mind on my Money and Money on my Mind – Educating students about personal finance
5 of those 2.4 million were finalists at the dosomething.org awards this year, held on July 31st, for their work in the community. These kids are just a few of the millions of kids that are making an impact on our world.
Sasha Fisher, 24, moved to East Africa to start an organization (SPARK MicroGrants) which gives grants to local communities in Rwanda and Uganda. She's helping the community empower themselves!
Daniel Maree, 25, started the Million Hoodies for Justice to educate the public on profiling, work towards amending the “Stand your Ground” law in FL, and help kids with conflict resolution. Education and advocacy!
Jillian Mourning, 25, is working to help end sex trafficking in the U.S. and increase awareness and aid in the rescue and recovery of victims of sex trafficking through All We Want is L.O.V.E. She is bringing light to an ugly problem that is present around the world and making a difference in fighting it.
Lorella Praeli, 24, is working with United We Dream to bring rights for children who were brought to the U.S. without documentation (DREAMer). Together they were able to in-state tuition for DREAMers in CT!
Ben Simon, 23, founded Food Recovery Network which works with colleges and volunteers to donate leftover dining hall food to local soup kitchens and shelters. 135,000 lbs. of food were recovered across the country! That's a lot of food that could have been wasted but was given to those who are homeless and go hungry.
Kudos Sasha, Daniel, Jillian, Lorella and Ben! And Kudos to the millions of other DoSomething.org members!
Check out DoSomething.org for more information (if you're 13-25) to see how you can make a difference.