Make a Difference in Your Free Time

 

Check out this listing of things you can do in your free time to make a difference in your own life or someone else's.

Websites
Do Something
Full of ideas for worthy causes to work for and resources for teens in their own communities. A great place to look if you want to get involved but aren’t sure where to begin.
 
Idealist.Org: Action without Borders
Do you have an idea for changing your community, your school, or the world? Do you want to start an organization, but think you are too young? Do you want to volunteer? Or do you have a problem that you need help solving? If you're young, curious, optimistic, seeking help, or looking to help others, this part of Idealist.Org is for you.
 
NetAid
NetAid is a non-profit organization that educates young people about global poverty and international development, inspiring and empowering them through opportunities and concrete actions that make a difference in the lives of the world's poor.
 
Summer on Campus
New York Summer Camp Directory that includes description, contact information & hyperlinks to hundreds of arts, academic and sports summer programs for kids & teens held on college campuses throughout New York State. Search by activity, college, or location. Updated annually.
 
Summer Youth Programs in the NYC area
Summer-on-Campus programs in Brooklyn and the New York City area for youth 8-18.
 
Volunteer at the Brooklyn Public Library
Brooklyn Public Library is looking for volunteer Homework Helpers and Computer Coaches. Fill out an online application here or print out an application and hand it in at your local branch.
  
YouthBuild USA
The YouthBuild program seeks to place young people in positive and sustainable leadership roles within their local communities. Programs include housing rehabilitation, job training, and leadership development.
 
Books
Take Action! A Guide to Active Citizenship
Marc Kielburger
Discover how to get involved in the cause of your choice with this guide's "valuable tips, strategies, and examples" for writing letters and petitions, public speaking, planning fundraisers, and more.