Do you want to make the world a better place?


Margaret Mead once said, "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."

Henry David Thoreau said, "Be not merely good. Be good for something."

And Mother Teresa said, "Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person." and "If you can’t feed a hundred people, then just feed one."

Not sure where to start? Here are some ideas links:

DoSomething.org- examples of real teen volunteer projects around the country.

HelpOthers.org - more examples of very simple ways you can help others

20 ways teenagers can help others by volunteering (article): http://www.bygpub.com/books/tg2rw/volunteer.htm

VolunteerMatch.org - find organizations in your area that need help!

Reason2Smile - Local organization that helps Jambo Jipya School in Kenya

101 easy ways you can make the world a better place (article):
http://earlswynn.hubpages.com/hub/101-Easy-Ways-You-Can-Make-The-World-A-Better-Place

Make the world a better place wiki: http://www.wikihow.com/Make-the-World-a-Better-Place

Guiding Questions
  1. What is the problem?
  2. Where does it occur (in your town? in the US? rural? urban?)
  3. Why is the problem happening? What factors are affecting the problem? (poverty? disease? lack of education?)
  4. Who is affected? (i.e. women? children? minorities? certain populations?)
  5. Who could help solve the problem? (i.e. do you need government help? school district help? aid organizations?)
  6. When can the problem be helped? (i.e. certain times of year? within the next year?)
  7. How could I help?
  8. How much will it cost to help?
  9. How can the money be raised?
  10. What supplies or materials are needed to help?
  11. How much time will it take to help?
  12. How many people are needed to help?
  13. How can we mobilize the resources (materials and people) to help?
  14. What is my goal for the project?
  15. How will I know that I have met my goal?

Class list of world problems:

Deforestation
World hunger
Heat/power for low-income families
Poverty (no $$$ for Christmas)
Child abuse
Funding for school arts programs (music, art, theater, etc)
Opportunities for the differently abled
Animal Cruelty
Homelessness
Women's equality
Clean water