- Jon Sutton
- Indianapolis, IN
- United States
Executive Director, Empowering Students
How do we engage our youth in volunteerism?
I run a website -- http://www.empoweringstudents.org -- that focuses on engaging students in volunteerism. I'm hoping my site and my idea will allow for our youth to find causes they are passionate about and get involved in them. Too often, one of these two events happens:
1) A student finds a cool cause but can't get involved. They don't know where to start
2) A student doesn't know what they even want to help with or what charities exist to combat it
I aim to eliminate both of these reasons by providing students with:
1) Contact information and fundraising/charitable ideas for the causes they want to get involved in. If they want to volunteer, we hope to find a place they can do that at. If they want to raise money, we want to help them do it most effectively and for an organization they are passionate about
2) A broad database of organizations sorted by cause, location, located affected, etc.
Am I on the right track? I am basing my conclusions and my solutions on my own experiences as a student. How can we effectively engage our youth in volunteerism? Do we provide them with enough resources? What types of resources can we give them that will help them the most?
This is my first post on TED; be gentle.