Searching by cause • Children’s welfare Image taken from http://www.causeengine.org/ • Human rights • Animal rights • Environment • Cultural development
There are lots of causes• Social entrepreneurship• Speciﬁc medical causes (leukemia, HIV/AIDS, hemophilia)• Happiness• Cultural understanding (preservation of cultural diversity, intercultural education reforms)
There are lots of causesIn short, there are as many causes as there are problems in theworld.Some resources to think of causes you’ve never heard of: • Most comprehensive resource: Global Issues, www.globalissues.org • Causes in Mexico: Los grandes problemas de México, book by COLMEX • Social Issues list on Wikipedia - http://bit.ly/2wOsH • Children’s problems in Mexico - http://bit.ly/f8xRFz • Environmental Issues on Wikipedia - http://bit.ly/h53Hq • Can’t get off Facebook? Look at Facebook Causes - http://bit.ly/4j0tiq • Yahoo Directory - http://bit.ly/fE2OfX
Searching by type of action(what do you want to/can do?)
Searching by type of action• Events (planning, attending)• Spreading the word (recruiting, creating materials, teaching others)• $ (donating, fundraising)• Volunteer work of other types
Engineers WithoutBorders; Emergency Architects Photos by 1) ewb.org.au; 2) Sam Bowstead
Images taken from cipce.org.ar; lawyerswithoutborders.org; worldvets.org; dance4life.com; http://www.hairdressersagainstaids.com/; http://www.comedorsantamaria.org.mx; http://www.sicdos.org.mx/; www.it4communities.org.uk
But what can high school students do? Images by Un techo para mi país; dosomething.org; fundacioneugenia.org; imjuventud.org.mx
A few other cool ideas: You can even donate your hair at How about throwing orgs like Rizos de alegría a ‘fundraising party’? Instead of gifts/ drinks, ask for donations. Volunteer for 4 hours each week (not just medical services!) (Micro)loan through kiva.org - $25 USD
You can also do things you’re good at... Baking for Good, a project started by Emily Dubner in 2009. (NYC) Images taken from bakingforgood.com
Quick tips on finding opportunities• Easiest to ﬁnd opportunities in organizations outside the government, and that haven’t become very big.• Use your common sense: would you show up for an interview for a job for ‘girls 18-22 only’?• You can always ask to visit the place or attend an event beforehand;• Be wary of tasks that seem too easy.
Opportunity finders• Social Actions - www.socialactions.com• Idealist/Idealistas - www.idealist.org ; www.idealistas.org• CEMEFI/Haces falta - www.cemeﬁ.org ; www.hacesfalta.org• In the future, www.iniciativamexico.org
When should you consider starting your own thing? • First and foremost: you’re always free to start your own thing • Starting your own thing requires resources, the work of many people, time, a lot of effort.You’ll need experience. • It’s a good idea to start your own project if there is nobody doing exactly what you want to do (do your research!)
Where to find resources for young entrepreneurs? www.dosomething.org www.tigweb.org www.global-changemakers.net
Global Changemakers www.global-changemakers.net• Network for young people who are interested in creating change in their communities;• they offer support through events for activists, funding for projects, and speaking opportunities in international events;• their website features content published by young activists from all over the world.
But can young people really change the world? You bet we can.
But can young people really change the world? Nishin Nathwani, 19, Canada Gay rights activist Zuhal Sultan, 19, Iraq/UK Founder of the National Youth Orchestra of Iraq
But can young people really change the world? Ryan Hreljac, 19, Canada Founder of Ryan’s Well Foundation (1997, helped 700,000+ people) Brenda Villegas, 19, SonoraClimate change activist, Premio Nacional de la Juventud Image from zimbio.com
How can you prepare for this while at school?Take your research one step beyond. Nasma Dasser got an award for her research on the digital divide. She represents Swiss youth in the United Nations.
How can you prepare for this while at school? Work on your language skills. You never know if you’ll end up giving speeches in the World Economic Forum meetings, like Leticia Oceguera
How can you prepare for this while at school? Think outside the box, but keep social good in mind. You never know if you will have only one opportunity to submit an article and win the opportunity to be a war reporter. You never know if that will be your way to give vulnerable people a voice.