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WaysToHelp.org ANNOUNCES THE FIRST ANNUAL

“YOUTH SERVICE CHALLENGE”

The Youth Service Challenge, Designed to Inspire Students Across the Nation to Volunteer,

Begins on October 1, 2010.

 For More Information and to Register Your School Please Visit www.WaysToHelp.org!!

 

San Francisco, CA, September 1, 2010 – WaysToHelp, a non-profit organization that helps teens address the social issues most important to them, is pleased to announce the first annual Teen Service Challenge taking place between October 1st and December 31st this year. The challenge is being promoted to in thousands of schools across the country and is expected to engage teens tens of thousands of students on a wide variety of issues.    

 

High school students and teachers are encouraged to visit www.WaysToHelp.org to learn more and  register to ensure their eligibility for the competition that will distribute thousands of dollars in prizes.  Prospective participants that need help thinking of good service projects can also find project ideas on the site and downloadable toolkits to help them organize and run successful events.  Additionally, teens can use www.WaysToHelp.org to search for local volunteer opportunities and apply for grants to fund their projects.

 

“We’re excited to launch the competition this Fall.  High schools do great work in their communities and we want to recognize them for what they do, as well as, challenge them to take it to the next level,” said David Boyer, founder of WaysToHelp.org.  “Participating in the competition is easy.  All you need to do is upload descriptions of your projects to the website.  Groups that register as they’re getting their projects up and running can also use the social media tools to invite their friends to participate, ask their family and neighbors for support and even find ways to involve the local press.  In early January, we’ll review the entries and award prizes for projects that demonstrated outstanding participation, innovation and impact.   A we’ll use these examples of youth making a difference to inspire more students get engaged on the issues that are important to them.”

 

More information regarding the competition will be communicated to participating schools upon registration.

 

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About the lead organizers

 

About WaysToHelp:

WaysToHelp was founded in July, 2009 by David Boyer, a former executive who left corporate America to fulfill his dream of motivating teens to volunteer, and a small group of people from eBay, JP Morgan Chase, McKinsey & Company, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, the Posse Foundation, Ronald McDonald Charities and Stanford University. It exists to engage, inspire and enable high school students to make a positive difference in the world. It does this by making it easy for them to learn about, and take action on, sixteen of today's most pressing social issues as well as providing teens & schools with toolkits to improve in-school food and volunteer drives. For more information and to get involved visit: www.waystohelp.org

 

Media Contact:

Media@waystohelp.org

 


 

WaysToHelp.org’s GRANT PROGRAM ENCOURAGES TEENS TO DEVELOP SERVICE PROJECTS

WaysToHelp Awards Grants of up to $500 to Teens Who Create Exceptional Community Service Initiatives

 

San Francisco, CA, March 1, 2010 – WaysToHelp.org, a non-profit organization designed to encourage and enable teenagers to engage in community service & volunteerism, is pleased to announce the immediate availability of its grant program. The program provides up to $500 to help young people across the U.S. to create their own self-sustaining community service programs.  

 

WaysToHelp.org features free: short and informative videos recorded by young adults about several of today’s most pressing issues, simple tips for teens to make a difference in their communities, teen-friendly volunteer opportunities within thousands of non-profit organizations across the United States and now grants to fund original project ideas as well as free downloadable tool kits to help develop those ideas.

 

 "We are very excited to launch the WaysToHelp.org grant program. It will help teens across the US develop and execute community service projects within the social issues they care about the most.” said David Boyer, founder of WaysToHelp. “We are hopeful this program will inspire thousands of teens to think about how they can make a difference in their communities by leading projects of their own.“

 

To apply for a grant, teens must first visit www.waystohelp.org. From there they are asked to click-on the ‘find ways to help’ icon found next to each video - then simply choose the ‘apply for a grant’ link. Once they click-on ‘apply for a grant’ an on-line application is displayed. The application simply requires the teen to explain their idea in 5000 characters or less. To better position their initiative’s chances of funding; teens are encouraged to summarize their idea concisely by discussing how it will involve others, who it will help, what effect they expect to have, when the project will start and how they expect to spend the grant.

 

About WaysToHelp.org

 

WaysToHelp was founded in July, 2009 by David Boyer, a former executive who left corporate America to fulfill his dream of motivating teens to volunteer, and a small group of people from eBay, JP Morgan Chase, McKinsey & Company, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, the Posse Foundation, Ronald McDonald Charities and Stanford University. It exists to engage, inspire and enable high school students to make a positive difference in the world. It does this by making it easy for them to learn about, and take action on, sixteen of today's most pressing social issues as well as providing teens & schools with toolkits to improve in-school food and volunteer drives. For more information and to get involved visit: www.waystohelp.org

 

Media Contact:

Media@waystohelp.org

 


 

TEENS INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERISM HAVE A NEW ALLY --- WaysToHelp.org

Non-Profit Designed To Inspire and Enable Teens To Make A Difference In Their Communities

San Francisco, CA, January 11, 2010 – WaysToHelp.org is now available help teens learn about important social issues and find ways to make a difference in the causes they care about most.

 

The site features:

  • A series of short, informative, videos recorded by young adults about sixteen of today’s most pressing issues.  Current issues addressed on the website are:
  • THE ENVIROMNENT: Global Warming, Clean Water, Land Preservation & Recycling
  • DEMOCRACY & EQUALITY: Education & Development, Gender Equality, Homelessness/Poverty and Financial Well Being
  • HEALTH ISSUES:  HIV/AIDS, Cancer/Smoking, Organ & Blood Donation and General Fitness
  • MISCELLANEOUS: Drug & Alcohol Abuse, Crime Prevention, Animal Welfare & Senior Care
  • Lists of simple things teens can do to make a difference in each of these issue areas;
  • The nation’s largest database of teen volunteer opportunities;
  • Free tool kits to help teens develop their own service projects.     

 

"Students can use the videos on the site to easily learn about several issues and decide which ones they’re most passionate about.  Then we’ve made it really simple for them to find volunteer opportunities that resonate with them.   And we also leverage social networking features so they can get their friends involved as well.”  said Dave Boyer, founder of WaysToHelp.org.  "We’re proud that The WaysToHelp in-school program has already worked with schools to collect roughly 1,000,000 meals for the hungry on the San Francisco Peninsula.  And now we’re excited to launch the WaysToHelp.org site to help students across the US find other issues they care about and ways to address those issues in their own communities.” 

 

“The site can obviously be used by itself but it’s amazingly effective when used in conjunction with our school program.  We make simple, self-explanatory, toolkits available to schools that help teachers and students organize great volunteer service projects like charitable drives and fundraisers and also turn those projects into opportunities to get students involved in other causes as well.  So by making the kids aware of the site while schools are running their service projects, it means WaysToHelp.org can connect tons of teens with non-profits that really need their help during the economic downturn.”

 

About WaysToHelp.org

WaysToHelp was founded in July, 2009 by David Boyer, a former executive who left corporate America to fulfill his dream of motivating teens to volunteer, and a small group of people from eBay, JP Morgan Chase, McKinsey & Company, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, the Posse Foundation, Ronald McDonald Charities and Stanford University. It exists to engage, inspire and enable high school students to make a positive difference in the world. It does this by making it easy for them to learn about, and take action on, sixteen of today's most pressing social issues as well as providing their schools with toolkits to improve in-school food and volunteer drives. For more information and to get involved visit: www.waystohelp.org

 

Media Contact:

Media@waystohelp.org