This U.S.-based organization focuses on instigating social change by educating youth about how to take action. The site is very youth-focused, actively encouraging self-direction and self-education through community activism. Visit the “Community” section for inspiring stories of youth making change.
A non-profit organization which works closely with schools, local youth organizations and other bodies. Offers support and training for teachers, young people and community workers to realize the community projects of young people themselves.
Compassionate Kids Inc.
Dedicated to helping teach children compassion towards the earth, people, and animals. The website has articles, book reviews, and free activities. Local chapters across the country host compassion-oriented field trips and community service events monthly.
On this site students can find information on how to become a good leader and build good character and citizenship in order to make a difference.
Features information by and for youth related to rights, citizenship and other issues affecting young people. Check out the Freechild newsletter, library and directory of social change.
Free the Children
Features excellent tools and actions, all designed for youth. Download the “Youth in Action Toolkit,” click on “Youth for Peace Ambassadors” and check out the latest campaigns, such as Take a Stand for Peace and Shoes for Souls. Sign up for a leadership academy or an overseas international development project.
Free Spirit Publishing
All about creating books to help kids help themselves. Contains great resources including the Kids Guide to Social Action and the Kid’s Guide to Service Projects by Barbara A. Lewis. Also check out Making History: A Social Studies Curriculum by Sheldon Berman.
Kids Can Make a Difference
Features an educational program for secondary students that focuses on the root causes of hunger and poverty, the people most affected, solutions, and how students can help.
MaMa Media - Peace Gallery
Students share their ideas about how to create a better world without terrorism, hatred, and violence. They can see other kids' peace creations and make their own.
MoveOn is working to bring ordinary people back into politics. With a system that today revolves around big money and big media, most citizens are left out. MoveOn is a catalyst for a new kind of grassroots involvement, supporting busy but concerned citizens in finding their political voice. Our nationwide network of more than 600,000 online activists is one of the most effective and responsive outlets for democratic participation available today.
National Service Learning Clearinghouse
Connects youth grades K-12 with resources on how to get involved with project ideas, action guides and more.
No War Zone
Join a network of youth from around the world working together for peace and human rights. Click on resources to learn new facts and skills. Read country profiles and peruse the online studio to view artistic contributions from youth across the world. Speak out using the online discussion board and chat groups.
Operation SICK – Stop Inciting Children to Kill
This independent network of students actively opposes the exploitation of children for armed conflict. Visit this site to get educated and get active. See Action for Justice for downloadable flyers and materials.
Sierra Club, Youth Coalition
The youth arm of Sierra Club is dedicated to engaging youth in environmental issues. This online forum connects and informs local youth chapters across the country.
An inspiring site for K-12 students who want to learn about real life solutions to today’s crucial global problems. This engaging, interactive, multimedia site includes information on what’s going on in the world, and what real life people are doing (and kids can do) to make a difference.
Sign up as a member of this online global community for youth, create a profile or online journal and connect with like-minded people from all over the world. Download useful resources such as the “Workshop Kit and Guide to Action,” view other youth-led projects by region or topic and visit the global gallery where you can present your own exhibit.
An interactive website that helps students learn about world hunger.
TUNZA, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
In its efforts to provide environmental leadership to countries around the world, UNEP developed TUNZA, an initiative to engage youth in environmental conservation and sustainable development. Learn about international youth conferences, read the TUNZA magazine and be sure to download “A Time for Action.”
UNICEF Voices of Youth
This site is a forum for youth to learn, speak out, connect with other youth and take action. Join an online discussion forum and review some important tips and strategies for action. Key topics include youth rights, sustainable development, HIV/AIDS, the girl child and more.
Unesco Youth Co-ordination Unit
The Youth Coordination Unit at UNESCO works for and with youth, through a wide network of associations and NGOs.
United Network of Young Peacebuilders (UNOY Peacebuilders)
The United Network of Young Peacebuilders (UNOY Peacebuilders) is a global network of 34 youth peace organisations and 350 affiliates active in the field of peacebuilding and conflict transformation. The UNOY network contributes to the work of its members and affiliates in two fundamental ways, namely capacity building and advocacy and campaigning.
What Kids Can Do
This website documents the value of young people working on projects that combine powerful learning with public purpose for an audience of educators and policy makers, journalists, community members, and students.
YES! magazine empowers people with the vision and tools to create a healthy planet and vibrant communities. The publication reframes the biggest problems of our time in terms of their solutions. Online and in print, they outline a path forward with in-depth analysis, tools for citizen engagement, and stories about real people working for a better world.
Youthink provides information for youth about the global issues that matter to them. Check out the research, knowledge, and experience gathered by World Bank experts on various global issues such as conflict, health, the environment, education, and more.
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