Though we’re usually referring to people when we talk about change agents, we couldn’t talk about teens and social change without mentioning Do Something. In case you missed the memo, Do Something is an online community whose goal is to inspire, empower, and celebrate teens as social change agents.
Founded in 1993 by actor Andrew Shue (star of the original Melrose Place) to inspire community activism among teens, the site has grown into the largest online hub for teens to connect with other teens about their passions, get involved in a “Take Action Challenges,” speak up and be heard on important issues and causes, and learn about opportunities to raise money and win grants to help bring big ideas to life.
Like a Boss loves Do Something because it is a huge force in social change – in 2009, more than 800,000 teens took action through Do Something programs, and young people received nearly $400,000 to fund their community projects! Here are just a few of our favorite Do Something projects:
- Their Annual Teens for Jeans Campaign, which collects jeans to clothe homeless teens in the US (in 2010, 625,00 pairs of jeans were donated!)
- Feed the Need, which collects food for hungry families (over 80,000 teens collected 820,000 lbs of food in 2009!)
- Increase Your Green, which empowers teens to green their schools
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