isn't what we think, it's what we do. Here are some opportunities
for students to apply the values we associate with good character.
As Aristotle said, when we do good things we become good people.
Souperbowl of Caring
Souper Bowl of Caring is a national non-profit with the mission of transforming Super Bowl Weekend into the nation's largest youth-led movement of giving and serving. We really like their approach to the idea of helping others.
YouthNoise is a non-profit online social network for youth activists and movement building. It's a great place for young people to communicate about causes, build networks, and promote their service learning projects. Anyone that promotes service learning is a friend of ours!
Idealist.org - Kids & Teens
If you're young, curious, optimistic, seeking help, or looking to help others, Idealist is for you.Thinking about volunteering? Start your search here. Have an idea for changing your neighborhood, your school, or the world? Find resources, project ideas and organizations that can help you get started. Have a problem that you need help solving? Find some help here. Teachers should explore the whole website.
These people take their name seriously.
Their mission statement says: "We inspire young people
to believe that change is possible, and we train, fund and mobilize
them to be leaders who measurably strengthen their communities."
This is a very exciting website for anyone who wants to, well
. . . do something.
Kid Care Clubs
Develop a spirit of compassion and philanthropy
in children by providing them with meaningful opportunities
to help the sick, elderly, hungry, handicapped, and homeless.
Kids Care offers hundreds of caring projects that help kids
develop their charity muscles and become contributing members
of the human community. They have developed projects for kids
to do through their schools, churches, or community centers,
as well as family charity projects that give families the opportunity
to volunteer together.
Free The Children
Want to wipe out child slavery? Want to
help poor children in third world countries go to school instead
of laboring every day in dangerous, inhumane jobs? Then join
this international network of children helping children, founded
by (then) twelve year old Craig Kielburger. You'll be amazed
at what you can do.
Americas Second Harvest (formerly,
Help end hunger. This is the largest hunger
relief organization in the U.S. Their main activity is feeding
hungry people by collecting and distributing food, and they
could use your help. Come to this website to get involved, or
even just to learn about hunger in America.
Habitat for Humanity
Wanna build a house? Habitat for Humanity
uses volunteer labor and donations of money and materials to
build and rehabilitate simple, decent houses for low income
families. Thousands of students and young people worldwide are
spending school breaks or weekends on Habitat construction sites.
Here's how you can join them.
Children's International Summer Villages
CISV is a volunteer organization promoting
peace education and cross-cultural friendship. There are 67
participating nations. Local chapters offer lots of exciting
opportunities for young people to get involved both locally
A fabulous website with lots of great information
about volunteer work. Includes a powerful online database allowing
individuals to find volunteer opportunities by zip code, category,
This site is a good place to start for web
surfers looking for an opportunity to volunteer. It lets users
search a database of service roles to find one that's right.
Click on "resources" for some great volunteer advice
for people under 18.
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