St Louis Volunteen is a site that connects teens with volunteer
opportunities within the St Louis area. Volunteering is a great
way to get academic credit (many schools offer credit for service
learning), build your college resume and meet new poeple and learn
new skills. Visit the website to learn more about volunteering.
Feeding America ’s mission is to create a hunger-free
America. Including over 200 food banks and food-rescue organizations,
serving every county in the U.S, the program distributes food and
grocery items to hungry people throughout the U.S. Read about this
charitable organization and how you can get involved.
This site connects people, organizations, and resources to help
build a world where all people can live free and dignified lives." It
sets as its goal to solve environmental and social problems outside
of government, corporate, and religious life. This is a one-stop
shop for finding volunteer and and career opportunities with non-profit
Where the End of Poverty Begins
CARE works with poor communities to find a lasting end to poverty.
Founded in 1945 to help WWII survivors, CARE is now one of the largest
private international humanitarian organizations. On this site you
can find out more about communities in need and how you can assist
CARE in the fight against poverty.
Declare Yourself is a national nonpartisan, nonprofit campaign
to energize and empower a new movement of young voters to participate
in the upcoming elections. Here you can learn about the candidates,
watch celebrity PSAs and even register to vote.
Minds, Fighting Hunger
This interactive site is committed to wiping out hunger throughout
the world. FMFH believes in feeding the body so the mind can grow.
On this site you can find out what other countries are doing to
wipe out hunger and what you can do to help. Talk to other people
in the fight against hunger on the FMFH forum, read the vision statement
or view a slide show to find out how you can assist this organization.
Abundant with resources, this network supports, promotes, and empowers
projects all over the world that have youth running or aiding in
social change. The Freechild Project site includes an extensive
database listing for numerous project ideas, activities, and sources/sites
for youth wanting to get involved in promoting social awareness
The official site for the mostly volunteer non-profit organization
that helps low-income families build their own homes. Though unabashedly
Christian in ideology, the organization invites people of all ages,
faiths, and political leanings to participate. Former President
Jimmy Carter is perhaps its most visible volunteer/leader.
In addition to "spring break" house-building trips geared to
college students, there are a variety of youth programs described
on the site. You'll also find an illustrated history of the
organization, statistics and articles on the need for affordable
housing, and a listing (searchable by state or zip code) of local
Click on the "Donate Free Food" button and the site's sponsors will
donate food to organizations that provide free food to the hungry.
It's that easy! You'll also find statistics on donations made
through this site, hunger statistics in various regions around the
world, links to other world hunger sites on the Web, and more.
Nice extras include the list of relevant quotations and a scary
map that darkens in the appropriate country whenever death by starvation
is reported to the site.
KIDS Consortium focuses on service-learing projects, the hands-on
appraoch to serving in the community. Based originally in New England,
this expanding coalition works with parents, teachers, youth, and
communtiy members to get all involved on a project. The site includes
links and resources to start up your own service-learning project.
and Serve America
An independent federal agency, Learn and Serve America is part of
the Corporation for National and Community Service, focusing on
service-learning based involvement. Good for searching on either
an individual or organizational level, Learn and Serve provides
ideas and programs that promote active participation and gaining
a sense of civic responsibility through helping. Includes Pre-K
through university level involvement.
This is a unique site for teens, maintained entirely by teens, where
they can go to vent. There is an extensive list of message
boards on a myriad of topics, and the site is a very popular one,
so there are lots of people to talk to and with.
National Youth Rights Association
The National Youth Rights Association is dedicated to preserving
and defending the rights of young people in the United States. NYRA
believes certain rights should transcend age. Currently NYRA is
working to lower the voting age. On this site you can read NYRA’s
official paper on the voting age, hear from the opposition, and
even discuss and debate the issue on the NYRA forum.
Don't wait until you're old enough to vote to start learning about
candidates, issues, and political parties. Calling itself
"the last trusted source for political information," this
site purports to offer non-biased info. on all of the above. Project
Vote Smart includes the voting records of various candidates,
youth surveys, and updates on hot issues. You can even take
an online quiz that matches your own attitudes with those of particular
If you're interested in rainforest preservation, you'll find plenty
here: fact sheets on topics ranging from endangered animals
to medicines derived from rainforest flora and fauna, "Action Alerts"
that allow you to send e-mails to government officials about current
issues (sample text for each letter is included), news updates,
a "What You Can Do" section, and more. If you want to see
photos in glowing, leap-off-the- screen color of plants, animals,
and peoples inhabiting the rainforests, check out the "Kids' Corner."
This site is dedicated to involving young people in the political
process. Most of the focus is on voter registration, though
the site also includes info. on volunteer opportunities, famous
artists and muscians who are associated with voter registration
efforts, and links to other political action websites.
Maintained by the PeaceCorps, this site provides in-depth information
about the Coverdell World Wise Schools program, a service learning
project. You can learn about the differences between service learning
and doing community service, seeing that the former fosters structured
reflection and is integrated with academics. From basic framework
and getting started to lesson plans and resources, this site is
a great introduction to service learning.
Inspire, Inform, Involve is this vast network's motto. One of the
most comprehensive resources connecting youth around the globe who
are looking to make a difference. You can sign up for a free membership
that gives you access to connect with a network of over 100,000
other members, as well as various tools for developing and managing
projects. You can even submit your own blog entries, as well as
writing for their online publication.
Voices of Youth Home Page
This Unicef-sponsored site gives voice to the young people of the
world and the problems they face. There are stories of child
abuse and exploitation, HIV spread, and other horrors. But
there are also stories of progress and hope, and message boards
where young people across the world can communicate on issues facing
them in today's society.
Ways for Teenagers to Help Other People by Volunteering
This online chapter from The Teenager's Guide to the Real World
presents a few of the benefits of volunteering ("beat boredom,"
"learn about an activity or organization that interests you," etc.),
plus describes the types volunteer opportunities available to teens.
Links to specific organizations in need of volunteers are also provided.
Opportunities described include working for: food banks, the Special
Olympics, state parks, hospitals, senior citizen centers, animal
shelters, political campaigns, and much more.
If you strongly oppose internet censorship don't miss this teen-created
site. Peacefire, the official Web page for the Youth Alliance
Against Internet Censorship, rates filterting software plus provides
information on how to disable commonly used internet filters. You'll
find press releases on community efforts both to censor and to oppose
censorship of the internet, plus lists of some of the more well-respected
websites that are screened (often accidentally) by popular filters.
A perfect site for teens interested in the world around them. Read
true stories from teens around the globe, get the latest information
on issues that are important to you and make your voice heard in