COVID-19 has had a major impact on our lives and in order to bring positive changes, all of us have to help. We have done our best to help the community during this time and we will continue our efforts, but we are not the only ones helping out. There are many other youth-led organizations who provide all sorts of opportunities from arts to STEM fields. These organizations are here to assist their communities and you can help them make a difference.
The Art Shine Foundation aims to combine activism and community service with artwork. We highlight the voices of teen artists and foster an artistic community through our programs. Art can have an amazing impact on the world around us, and ASF is dedicated to making a difference in the community through all mediums of the arts.
The US currently faces a shortage of face shields and masks. Almost all medical-grade masks are being sent to hospitals and medical workers. Because of this, workers in the food industry such as restaurant owners, grocery store employees, and food bank volunteers are not left with enough masks. Their goal is to limit the spread of COVID 19 by equipping grocery stores, restaurants, senior citizen homes, and food banks with personal protective equipment.
Code2Impact has a dual mission to promote HS access to advanced STEM opportunities through an accessible CS program and raise donations for minority groups in STEM and the BLM movement. They are motivated to take action against discrimination + police brutality and increase access to STEM opportunities for racial minorities.
Connect Volunteering’s goal is bridging the widening gap between non-profits and volunteers (specifically students) and giving volunteers more opportunities to impact their community. Their goal is to make volunteering fun by catering to specific interests. In addition, they also hold their own volunteering events, workshops, and fundraisers.
As unemployment rates rise, so does homelessness. Especially during these difficult times our team wants to connect people of all races, ages, and religions to work together and combat homelessness one step at a time.
IMAGINE, which stands for I’M A Girl IN Engineering, aims to encourage young girls in grades 3 - 8 to pursue engineering fields through interactive challenges that simulate a real-world engineering setting. They were inspired to create this platform when they realized the inhibitions keeping many girls from readily being involved in hands-on projects in high school. They collectively hold a variety of engineering experience and hope to inspire and prepare the next generation of girls to pursue their engineering interests.
Their mission is to bring the Washington community together to provide PPE to those who need it. Their Mask Ambassadors make homemade masks and donate them to food banks, healthcare workers, school districts, and more. So far, the Washington chapter has donated 150 masks to Trinity Aid Bank in Everett, Fishline Food Bank in Poulsbo, and more! They have also set up multiple future donations with other Seattle organizations.
OpportuniTeens aims to provide teens with information regarding internships, college readiness programs, and other opportunities. These various opportunities are researched and complied by them in hopes of helping all students find jobs where they can develop relevant skills in their future college majors or careers.
Their mission is to save lives or improve them by getting more people to donate blood and raising awareness about the issue. Quite a few people die every year because the right type of blood is not available; they aim to reduce that number in any way they can
Review for Relief is a youth-led organization making an effort to mitigate the effects of COVID-19. This virus has impacted every facet of life, and their team is dedicated to improving two of them: education and healthcare. They sell services and products such as AP/ACT/SAT review, college prep materials, and college essay editing via Ivy League and top tier admits in exchange for COVID-19 relief donations.
Rise Up is a not for profit organization based in Seattle that is led by and created for youth. Our goal is to provide help to our local homeless population. Seattle has a huge homeless population, around 11,199 people. We created Rise Up to give back to our community and make a difference in the lives of people who need it, and help provide them with everyday items.
Rocks2Dogs aims to promote environmentalism and sustainability while raising money for animals in need. They sell handmade pet leashes, recycled from retired rock-climbing ropes, donating all revenue to no-kill animal shelters and local charities. In addition, all of their ropes are donated by local climbing gyms.
Their mission is to provide easy access to gift cards from many of Washington’s small restaurants to help them stay afloat. Gift cards allow these restaurants to gain income whilst allowing safe access to food for clients. They have four cities from Washington on their website—Seattle, Redmond, Bellevue, Kirkland—and have recently started a page for black-owned restaurants to support the BLM movement as well.
STEMTeen Seattle is an organization that works to provide the youth with STEM based opportunities in order to foster a deep interest in the subject. They organize workshops, competitions and seminars related to STEM.
VoluntYOU began with a desire to help volunteers make a difference After researching and testing, they built a tool that helps people make a meaningful impact in their communities; a tool that centralizes volunteering information and makes it widely accessible; a tool that connects NGOs with a community of like-minded helpers and encourages student volunteering by enabling academic institutions to accredit students’ effort.
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