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This Disney Channel Star Is Helping Students Make Summer Reading Fun

DoSomething.org | Posted 06.27.2016 | Impact
DoSomething.org

By Rex Leonowicz Karan Brar has been lighting up the screen since he was only 11. You may recognize him as Chirag Gupta from the Diary of a Wimpy Kid...

Picture Paw-fect: How The Internet's Best Animal Memes Are Reducing Secondhand Smoke

DoSomething.org | Posted 06.01.2016 | Impact
DoSomething.org

by Rex Leonowicz "Secondhand smoke freaks meowt!" - cats True story! Pets are twice as likely to get cancer if their owner smokes. That's why DoSome...

Watch Nyle DiMarco and Tyler Oakley Flirt in Sign Language to Destigmatize Disability and Reduce Bullying

DoSomething.org | Posted 05.05.2016 | Impact
DoSomething.org

By Rex Leonowicz You may know Nyle DiMarco from America's Next Top Model, where he was the first-ever deaf contestant and winner of the show's 22nd s...

Why 'Shadowhunters' Star Katherine McNamara and Her Puppy Are Barking Out Against Secondhand Smoke

DoSomething.org | Posted 05.03.2016 | Impact
DoSomething.org

By Rex Leonowicz Onscreen, as the star of Freeform's Shadowhunters, Katherine McNamara is a part-human, part-angel demon hunter. Offscreen, the 22-ye...

College Students Want to Keep Guns Off Their Campus. Today We're Giving Them a Way to Make That Happen

DoSomething.org | Posted 03.07.2016 | Impact
DoSomething.org

Today, we're amplifying young people's voices and, beyond that, giving them a tangible way to keep their school safer from gun violence. This is the Guns Out campaign, a national initiative that is activating thousands of students to demand their college president take a public stand against guns on campus.

In Encouraging Tobacco-free Living, Youth Are Inspiring Advocates

Eileen Howard Boone | Posted 02.26.2016 | Impact
Eileen Howard Boone

Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the United States and each year, nearly 70 percent of current smokers want to quit. So, why don't they? The answer is because quitting is not something that can be easily achieved alone.

Awww-inspiring: 10 Adorable V-Day Cards Young People Made for Older Adults

DoSomething.org | Posted 02.17.2016 | Impact
DoSomething.org

Valentine's Day can be a particularly lonely holiday for many, especially for older adults. By creating (over 30,000!) handmade cards we were able to spread some love and kindness to seniors who need it.

How "Catfish" Star Nev Schulman Is Using Emojis to Get Older Adults Connected This Thanksgiving

DoSomething.org | Posted 11.20.2015 | Impact
DoSomething.org

Nev Schulman is the face of Grandparents Gone Wired, a campaign from DoSomething.org and Mentor Up. This holiday season, Grandparents Gone Wired activates young people to teach their grandparents -- or other older adults -- how to text and how to use emojis.

Why Merriam-Webster Changed Its Racist Definition of "Nude"

DoSomething.org | Posted 08.31.2015 | Impact
DoSomething.org

This may feel like a small win, but the language we use has an enormous impact on the reality we live. Plus, it shows that even a small but mighty army of young people can create racial progress. Here's hoping that army grows larger and mightier every day.

Why These People Got The Dictionary To Change The Definition Of 'Nude'

The Huffington Post | Taryn Finley | Posted 08.19.2015 | Black Voices

Since its creation, the word "nude" has always been synonymous with a white skin tone -- just ask Merriam Webster, who originally defined the term as...

A New Initiative Combats Teens' Deadly Texting-While-Driving Behavior

Mackenzie Hughes | Posted 06.18.2016 | Impact
Mackenzie Hughes

How long is five seconds? It's the amount of time the average driver looks away from the road to send a text. If you're going about 55 mph, by the time you look up from your phone, you'll have driven the whole length of a football field without looking at the road. Touchdown? Not quite.

These Hand-Drawn Princesses Redefine Fictional Royalty

The Huffington Post | Taylor Pittman | Posted 03.12.2015 | Teen

Step aside, Disney. Some new princesses are in town, and they’re not looking for their Prince Charming. As part of the #RealPrincess campaign fro...

Taylor Swift Named Most Charitable Celeb For Supporting Feminist Causes, Education, More

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 03.02.2015 | Impact

No one pulls off selflessness quite like Taylor Swift. The 25-year-old pop star landed the top spot on DoSomething.org's Celebs Gone Good list, whi...

Dropouts Are Putting a Major Strain on Our Economy

Marc Joseph | Posted 09.13.2014 | Education
Marc Joseph

Despite all the efforts of every president from Kennedy to Obama, kids not completing their high school education are a blight on our society. Accordi...

Weird, Smart, Impatient: Are You an Entrepreneur?

Nancy Lublin | Posted 05.24.2014 | Impact
Nancy Lublin

My twenties were spent getting comfortable in my own skin. This is who I am. I didn't plan to be this way; I was born this way.

Too Many Nickelbacks

Nancy Lublin | Posted 02.25.2014 | Impact
Nancy Lublin

In the not-for-profit world, there are a bunch of orgs and people who are very popular. Articles and lists tout "the best social innovations of 2013" or the "top social changemakers." But being on a list or knowing lots of powerful people doesn't mean your org has huge impact.

Meet This Tenacious, Tell-It-Like-It-Is, Won't-Take-No-for-an-Answer, Get-the-Job-Done Leader

Rich Polt | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Rich Polt

Many companies have CEOs and CFOs, but only one has the COP, otherwise known as the "Chief Old Person." For DoSomething.org, a not-for-profit organiza...

How Teen's Text Habits Are Helping Moms In Need

Andreea Nica | Posted 10.10.2013 | Impact
Andreea Nica

25,000 Women is uniquely positioned to educate and reward participants through empowering women in developing countries. The campaign is targeted at young people (teens) and involves a text-message based game.

What Would You Text The President About Student Debt?

The Huffington Post | Krystie Yandoli | Posted 06.25.2013 | Teen

In May, The Huffington Post reported that the class of 2013 graduated with an average debt load of $30,000, and in the past eight years total student ...

Text Game Recreates Undocumented Experience

VOXXI | Luis Carlos Lopez | Posted 06.17.2013 | Latino Voices

I’m going to stand on a soapbox, not to address the nation, but to be at eye level with it. At a towering 5’5″ figure, I need all the help I can...

Activists Storm Abercrombie Store Wearing XXL T-Shirts

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 06.07.2013 | Impact

A group of protesters wearing XXL T-shirts stormed an Abercrombie & Fitch store in New York on Thursday to urge the company to carry sizes for all bod...

Party With Richard Branson For Charity

The Huffington Post | Nader Salass | Posted 06.06.2013 | Impact

We already know what a day in the life of Richard Branson is like. Now, business-minded do-gooders can get a taste of the nightlife alongside the trai...

Would You Adopt A 'Text Baby'? (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Krystie Yandoli | Posted 05.17.2013 | Teen

DoSomething.org wants to make it easier for high school students to understand just how hard it is to be a teen parent -- and they're doing it through...

We Are Made in NY: Tech Thrives in NYC

Rachel Sterne | Posted 04.25.2013 | New York
Rachel Sterne

On Tuesday I joined Mayor Bloomberg and the New York Tech Meetup to unveil We Are Made in NY, a program that celebrates over 900 locally based startups, and helps people find a job, learn to code, or launch a new tech company -- all with the full support of New York City government.

New York Heroes Changing the World

Lena Tabori | Posted 10.26.2012 | New York
Lena Tabori

It is people like Geoffrey Canada, founder of the now-famous Harlem Children's Zone, who see problems and determine to try to fix them, that are shaping the landscape of social entrepreneurship in the 21st century.