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Join the movement of youth striving to make a difference

Here are few ideas that you may want to consider. Let’s be the change!!

DONATE USED CLOTHES, TOYS & BIRTHDAY GIFTS

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Search your closet to find items in good condition that you’ve outgrown or don’t use anymore. Take them to your local Goodwill or shelter. Your school may also collect clothing or other items for needy students. Ask if the organization needs volunteers to sort or distribute donation Shelters, fire departments, foster parent organizations and hospitals sometimes welcome new or slightly used toys and stuffed animals. Check with the organizations first to determine their needs. For your next birthday, ask that people give donations to a charity of your choice instead of gifts. When you drop off the donations, ask about volunteer opportunities.

SAVE ENVIRONMENT – REDUCE PLASTIC WASTE

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Americans throw away 35 billion plastic water bottles a year. Right, that’s “billion” with a B. Don’t hit it and quit it. Switching to a reusable bottle reduces the amount of plastic that ends up in landfills or as litter. Challenge your friends to reduce usage of plastic. An example is ask them to use a reusable bottle instead of plastic water bottles.

RAISE FUNDS FOR A CAUSE, YOU BELIEVE IN

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Raise funds by organizing a basketball or any other game of your choice between students vs. their parents or students vs. faculty. Find out a charity relating to the cause you believe in and donate funds to them. An example is donating raised funds to St. Jude Cancer Center for cancer research and treatment or to Smile Foundation for providing healthcare to poor women and children in India and so on

HELPING HANDS FOR DISASTER RELIEF

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An example is – After being devastated by Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico isn’t getting the attention and help it needs. Cell phone towers are down, half the island doesn’t have access to clean water, and the storm knocked out 80% of the island’s electricity. Puerto Rico, an American territory, is home to 3.4 million US citizens. It’s our responsibility to help, and the best way to do that is by donating money to organizations working on the ground. Rally your friends and channel people’s generosity by encouraging them to donate. Offer to help neighbors and community members in exchange for their cash donation to The Hispanic Federation — a trusted organization backed by the Mayor of New York and Lin-Manuel Miranda. They’re funneling the money directly to organizations doing impactful work on the ground.

SPORTS FOR ALL

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Students with disabilities have lower rates of participation in after-school activities. Start an inclusive kickball or basketball or soccer team in your community and get everyone on the field this summer. This way people in your community will get to know each other also. Play ball, all!

WE ARE BUDDIES

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Students with disabilities are 2 to 3 times more likely to be bullied than their nondisabled peers. One way to reduce that bullying is to eliminate the stigma that surrounds people with disabilities. An easy way to start is to get those with and without a disability a chance to talk about their abilities! Start a #WeAreAble challenge chain! Share pics of your friends together and highlight their abilities!!

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