IN YOUR COMMUNITY
It’s up to us to make a difference in our communities–and volunteering is a great way to get involved. Tons of organizations teach and mentor young people about how to take direct action in their communities.
In Mississippi, about 20 teens fixed the town’s flooding issues by designing and revamping the town’s antiquated drainage system. In New York, students are installing oyster reef sites, helping to provide habitat to hundreds of species and protect NYC from storm damage.
Across the country, youth are getting involved with community gardening through organizations like National Garden Clubs. If there is not a chapter near you, then you can always organize to start your own. There are countless ways to be active in your community, and every action matters and makes a difference. All you need to do is find the organizations that speak to you and sign up!
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Brightest offers virtual opportunities for climate action by searching based on your address or city. Dosomething.org is a youth-led movement offering action ideas on environmental topics that are impacted by climate change. They also award scholarships for completing a volunteer campaign. The Climate Mobilization group is always looking for eager volunteers who can dedicate hours.
In 2019, 1 in 4 American teens were taking action in their community. Unfortunately, most are now sheltering in place due to COVID, limiting opportunities to get out and get involved. The extra time at home though is a great opportunity to get educated, find the causes which speak to you and inspire you, and decide what you want to help with.
THINGS YOU CAN DO TODAY TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE
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