The New York Times Loves DoSomething’s Crisis Text Line

Mobile Commons

The New York Times wrote a great piece about’s Crisis Text Line , praising its importance and accessibility, particularly to teenagers for whom texting is the main source of communication.

Introducing NowUKnow NY: A Planned Parenthood Campaign to Empower Teens Through Smarter Media

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The sexual health of New […]. Uncategorized It Burns Down There Lisa New York Online Video Parents are Out Planned Parenthood Sexual Health SMS Text Messaging Troy Video Advertising Sometimes, our best work and that of our clients is born from crisis.

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Texting Networks Bring Anonymous Help to Troubled Teens

Mobile Commons

Almost three-quarters of teens have access to a smartphone, and 80 percent of them say a phone number for texting is the first thing they share with new friends, according to the Pew Research Center Teens Relationships Survey.

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Mobile Commons

The New York Times reports that anxiety is the number one mental health problem on campus, and that “nearly one in six college students has been diagnosed with or treated for anxiety.” Stress and anxiety are on the rise among teenagers and college students.

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New Study Shows that Planned Parenthood’s Live Text Chat Program Relieves Teen Anxiety

Mobile Commons

A new study from the Journal of Medical Internet Research shows that Planned Parenthood’s live text chat hotline helps relieve teens’ anxiety. Teens can chat with a health educator about their concerns, and receive accurate information and advice about the next steps they should take.

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What Do the Reading Habits of Teens Have to Do With Your Donor Acquisition Strategy?

Connection Cafe

A recent New York Times article stated that fewer than 20% of 17-year-olds read for pleasure “almost every day”, down from over 30% 30 years ago. It turns out, just the act of reaching out, of disseminating new messages, even those just a few words long, can be very effective.

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Bay Area Teens Share the Love of Coding (Part 1)

Tech Soup Blog

It was recently recognized by the City of San Jose for raising awareness of computer science among teens. " Fortunately, she kept at it and ended up joining a summer immersion program with Girls Who Code , a New York-based nonprofit that runs summer programs throughout the U.S.

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Do Something’s mobile campaign wins NYTimes plaudits – and motivates millions of teens

Mobile Commons

This weekend, the New York Times chronicled how the charity Do Something is revolutionizing its outreach to young people by taking its message mobile. Projects range from recycling bottles to collecting used jeans for the homeless to brainstorming new ways to reduce energy consumption. To name just one: Do Something sends a biweekly email to its members giving them ideas for new projects they can undertake, targeted around their areas of interest.

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Congratulations to On their Millionth Text!

Mobile Commons

As America’s largest national database of youth volunteer opportunities, is constantly looking for new ways to bring dozens of causes to millions of volunteers. Their innovative outreach runs the gamut from a mobile scavenger hunt for social change , to an interactive map thanking emergency service workers for all that they do, to a contest supporting arts education where teens could send in their entries via MMS.

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Use Text Messaging to Achieve Healthcare Behavior Change Outcomes

Mobile Commons

Twice as many heavy smokers were able to quit smoking completely with text message support in the New York City Department of Health’s smoking cessation trial. The quit rate among teens doubled with the National Cancer Institute’s SmokefreeTXT program.

Mobile Commons Launches New Health Care Edition – Mobile Commons for Health

Mobile Commons

We’re excited to announce today the launch of our new healthcare edition – Mobile Commons for Health. Working with the New York City Department of Health , we saw mobile messages double the quit rates of heavy smokers.

How Text Messaging Improves Educational Outcomes for Students

Mobile Commons

According to a new article by The New York Times , a light nudge can make a big impact in the lives of students. Text messaging has been the de-facto communication choice for teens for years now. Launches a TMI, A New Marketing Agency to Connect Organizations with Young People

Mobile Commons ’s new nonprofit marketing agency might be called TMI , but they insist, according to a recent New York Times profile , that in this generation of nonstop text messaging and social media, there’s really no such thing as too much information.

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Sheroes You Should Know: Inspiring Stories for #WomensHistoryMonth


Writer and author of New York Times best seller "Bad Feminist," modern-day feminist icon Roxane Gay is a force of nature. She bucked traditional corset-dominated fashion and instead designed clothing for women that suited their new, post-War experience, pioneering and popularizing a new feminine style that was sporty, casual, and chic. she·ro (pl. sheroes) : a woman regarded as a hero.

Story 156 Features Mobile Commons Customers

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They included: WNYC and New York Times ’ map of New York’s best birding spots. Planned Parenthood ’s text-to-chat feature, which lets teens text questions to sexual health experts, who respond in real time with answers and directions to local facilities. The social media blog yesterday featured a post by Holly Ross , executive director of NTEN , discussing the way that nonprofits are innovating with mobile.

Use Text Messaging to Keep your Subscribers Informed in the Blizzard

Mobile Commons

For example, asked teens to text in their prayers for people in New York and New Jersey, then created a word cloud from the results.

National Cancer Institute and Mobile Commons for Health – A Press Roundup

Mobile Commons

Last month, as part of the launch of Mobile Commons for Health , we also debuted a new partnership with the National Cancer Institute to run their SmokefreeTXT campaign. The campaign – along with our new health care platform – generated some great attention from the press. “The National Cancer Institute is enlisting SMS for a far-reaching program targeting teens and young adults with messages designed to help them quit smoking.”

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National Cancer Institute’s SmokefreeTXT Helps Smokers Countdown to Quitting

Mobile Commons

Text message campaigns are used in cities like New York and Louisville, and research shows how effective it is – sometimes even doubling quit rates. Now there’s a nationwide smoking cessation service that’s designed for teens and young adults in the United States. People can sign up by texting by texting the word QUIT to IQUIT (47848), or from three dedicated websites for adults, teens, and Spanish-speakers.

Keep Your Mobile Subscribers In The Know

Mobile Commons

Find a Local Service: National Safe Place lets teens in trouble text in their zip code to find the closest safe place near them. Connect with Transit Information: The New York MTA lets commuters text in to find the location of their nearest bus.

Mobile Commons Partners with Simon & Schuster for Text Message Campaign – Press Release

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NEW YORK, July 12, 2012 – /PRNewswire/ – Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing has partnered with Mobile Commons to offer Young Adult readers and fans an exciting new mobile program to engage with authors through text messaging. Scott Westerfeld, the New York Times bestselling author of the Uglies and Leviathan series, will launch the text messaging channel with his readers at Comic-Con this week.

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The New Yorker Highlights the Power of Crisis Text Line

Mobile Commons’s Crisis Text Line has received great coverage from many reputable publications such as The New York Times and The Atlantic. Now, The New Yorker joins the list of publications commending the work done by this organization.

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Help High School Graduates Attend College with Summer Text Message Programs

Mobile Commons

Sending timely text reminders encourages teens to complete tasks right away rather than putting them off until later. The NYC Human Resources Administration’s TXT-2-Work program sends job text alerts to over 32,000 low-income job seekers in New York.

Create Real-Time Text Chat Through Our LivePerson SMS Integration

Mobile Commons

If you’re sending out organizational updates, or trivia about New York, for example, a fully staffed call center and live chat might be overkill. For one example, Planned Parenthood has created a text chat “hotline” for teens to send in their sexual health questions. By providing the immediacy of chat with the anonymity of text messaging, Planned Parenthood can give teens vital information about an embarrassing subject in a way that’s convenient for them.

Publisher’s Weekly Features Simon & Schuster’s Text Message Campaign

Mobile Commons

We’re excited to announce a new text messaging campaign from Simon & Schuster that is revolutionizing how authors can communicate with their fans. That includes Scott Westerfield , the New York Times best-selling author of the Uglies and Leviathan series. Mara notes that the purpose of the campaign is to reach teens where they are – and where they are is text messaging.

Help People in Your Community Live Healthier Lifestyles with a Text Message Campaign

Mobile Commons

Working with the New York City Department of Health , we saw text messages double the quit rates of heavy smokers. With Howard Brown Hospital and New York Presbyterian , we saw that text messages helped HIV+ patients adhere to their complicated medication schedules.

The Next Generation of Major Donors to Museums: Interview with David Gelles

Museum 2.0

Last week''s New York Times special section on museums featured a lead article by David Gelles on Wooing a New Generation of Museum Patrons. There''s an example from Minneapolis in the article about this--a donor that the Walker Art Center was cultivating who moved to New York.

7 LGBT Tech Projects You Need to Know

Tech Soup Blog

SAGE (Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders) is a New York City-based organization that provides services and advocates for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender elders. event will be in New York City in October.

Games and Cultural Spaces: Live Blog Notes from Games for Change

Amy Sample Ward

Elaine Cohen: The New York Public Library. 100 Years of the flagship library in New York. Goal of the centennial project was to shine the light on the library’s resources and get new audiences engaged in the collections and connected to the curators and staff. Trying to engaged the teen-to-twenty-something who normally may not use the research library. In our digital space, we have a new innovation called the Explorer.

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Great reads from around the web on February 11th

Amy Sample Ward

Pando Projects is a nonprofit that empowers people—in particular Millennials—to step up as leaders and develop new, local solutions to the problems in their communities. The pilot phase launches this month and will support 15 New Yorkers with ideas for grassroots projects." Today's teens also plan to be generous when they get older. I come across so many great conversations, ideas, and resources all over the web every day.

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Mobile websites vs. apps - what's right for you?

Connection Cafe

And second, you don't have to count on users to upgrade their apps to see your new content. The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy's Bedsider Project. The Central Park Conservancy offers a guide to Central Park in New York City. Author: Sally Heaven. 36% of U.S. mobile consumers now have smartphones , says The Nielsen Company.

Ali Forney Center Saves Time and Effort with Norton Security

Tech Soup Blog

Transgender teen Ali Forney fled his home at age 13. Operating 12 branches throughout the boroughs of New York City, the Ali Forney Center was founded in 2002 in his memory. In an average week, the organization sees more than 250 new clients.

Get People to Do What You Want Them To by Turning Your Everyday Outreach into a Game

Mobile Commons

When the non-profit wants to mobilize its teen audience, they do it by text. As their CEO Nancy Lublin has said, “If you want to reach teens, you’re … better off sending them a text message.”. The DoSomething Scavenger Hunt for Social Change texted out socially beneficial challenges for teams of teens to perform in their local communities.

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Apps for Youth, By Youth

Tech Soup Blog

Teen Book Finder (iOS), developed by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), helps teens, parents, teachers, and librarians find the best books and media for teens.

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New on SSIR: First and Foremost Know Your Community

Amy Sample Ward

As profiled in the New York Observer , Danah talked to the data uncovered in her four years of research on new media use in a presentation at the Personal Democracy Forum. Be sure you don’t get caught up only on functionality that’s new and cool; remember why you’re there. My newest post is now up on the Stanford Social Innovation Review. You can read the post and participation in the conversation on the SSIR blog here!

Framework vs. Sensibility: Separating Format from Voice

Museum 2.0

Teen docents are more serious than adults because they want to be treated like professionals. There are some extraordinary institutions, like STREB Labs in New York, that innovate in both ways.

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Are Online Vote-for-Me Contests A Good Idea?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Jared Paul, the co-founder of a new nonprofit that has a focus on homeless youth and one of the winners of the $25,000 in the first phase of Chase's Giving Community Contest offered to share his thoughts. Note from Beth: There has been a variety of criticism of contests.

Guest Post by Heather McLeod Grant: Reflections on the Personal Democracy Forum

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

This past week, I had the opportunity to attend the Personal Democracy Forum in New York – a conference about all things digital and democracy – now in its sixth year.

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Private Foundations Are Now Eligible for Citrix Online Donations

Tech Soup Blog

Here in TechSoup’s San Francisco office, we use audio and video conferencing every day to talk with people working remotely in the Bay Area, New York, or Seattle, as well as with our partner nonprofits around the world. Teen Outreach Pregnancy Services. case you haven’t heard, 501(c)(3) private foundations are now eligible to receive donated video conferencing, online collaboration, and remote desktop solutions from the Citrix Online Donation Program.

Virtual Platforms for Good: Empowering Individuals

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

She points out why this was such a groundbreaking event and suggests a compelling new metaphor for philanthropy: Imagine if philanthropy sought to be an "empowering platform for individuals (and organizations) to make change." Teen Listening Party and Global Kids coverage.

Designing Talkback Platforms for Different Dialogic Goals

Museum 2.0

This technique was used in the Slavery in New York exhibition at the New-York Historical Society and continues in the popular StoryCorps project. In its new location, under the watchful eyes of moms and other visitors, the inappropriate behavior diminished.

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ISO Understanding: Rethinking Art Museum Labels

Museum 2.0

I don't usually fist-pump while reading the New York Times. But I’d been scribbling notes for an art museum label post for awhile, and then yesterday, the NY Times had a review of a new show at MOMA, Comic Abstraction. If you are new to art, you don’t know what you are missing.

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The Birth of a Field: Digital Media and Learning

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

From my office in the Boston, I teleported myself into the Virtual World of Second Life and headed straight for the New Media Consortium virtual campus where I joined about 65 other avatars representing educators from all over the world (even Austrailia where it was 3:00 a.m.

Trust Me, Know Me, Love Me: Trust in the Participatory Age

Museum 2.0

When I read the New York Times online, each article's author's name is hotlinked and there is an easy and direct way to contact him/her. I'm reading a book of essays about how to teach written by teens. Many of the teens write, "learn with us.