Teens and Twitter: A Mini Focus Group with Teens

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Yesterday, I had an opportunity to ask about 100 teens attending the Asian Liver Center's Youth Leadership Conference on Asian and Pacific Islander Health this question directly. They prefer Facebook because it is easier to make friends. The college students in the room, however, disagreed. Earlier this week, I had an opportunity to run the social media strategy game with senior program staff at the Packard Foundation.

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

Tech Soup Blog

It has trained more than 470 students seventh grade and up in 13 libraries throughout Silicon Valley. It was recently recognized by the City of San Jose for raising awareness of computer science among teens. Students bring their own laptops to a public library, and receive instruction from high school-aged instructors. " It is unknown how many of these students will end up being programmers, or even be remotely involved in the tech sector.

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Symantec Donation Safeguards Computer Labs for Students

Tech Soup Blog

Smooth Transition began working to reach at-risk teens early — before they dropped out of high school or left the foster care system. Its programs are directly tied to career pathways and provide students with vocational certifications at little or no cost to them. But students also come away with significant increases in their perceived self-value and a decrease in perceived barriers to success. It also costs students the ability to complete their work.

Marketing for Every Moment of the Student Engagement Lifecycle

Connection Cafe

Your work attracts new students, engages current students, and delights alumni and donors. Attracting Students. Potential students are excited and nervous all at once. As marketers, we’re always trying to stay on top of the latest trends—and college-age students are a discerning audience. Nearly 2/3 of teens use social media to inform their college decision. Current students can help you get the platform and the messaging right for peer audiences.

Technology's Emerging, Enthusiastic Leaders


iUrban Teen. iUrban Teen is working with students to spark and fuel the fires of innovation within tomorrow's tech leaders. Without teens staying inspired and graduating, the future does not look so bright; we’d miss out on the great ideas and collaborations they would bring to the world. This is where the iUrban Teen program comes in. iUrban Teen Leadership tech leadership Sam Rodriguez. Technology Director.

Why Are So Many Participatory Experiences Focused on Teens?

Museum 2.0

Over the past year, I've noticed a strange trend in the calls I receive about upcoming participatory museum projects: the majority of them are being planned for teen audiences. A large number of the collaborative projects of which I'm aware (in which staff partner with community members to co-develop exhibits or programs) are initiated with teens. Why are teens over-represented in participatory projects? Teens are a known (and somewhat controllable) entity.

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Nonprofit Asks Local Teens to Showcase Their Good Deeds - Naperville, IL Patch

AFP Blog

Nonprofit Asks Local Teens to Showcase Their Good Deeds - Naperville, IL Patch: "Giving DuPage is kicking off its first video contest and encouraging teenagers to share their love for volunteerism on camera. Students can submit videos through April 8 explaining why they volunteer, where they volunteer and what they like about it

Co-Creating Exhibits with Teens and Volunteers: The Importance of Criteria

Museum 2.0

This summer, I worked with the Chabot Space & Science Center on a design institute in which eleven teens from their Galaxy Explorers program designed media pieces for an upcoming Smithsonian exhibition on black holes. When we did the final evaluation for the project, one comment from the teens really surprised us: they complained that it felt like we were "hiding" the goals of the project from them in the first of three weeks.

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How to Design a Fundraising Landing Page that Makes Giving Easy and Inspires People to Give

Get Fully Funded

52 more students need scholarships and each one is just $142. With your help, we can get every student in school this year.”. 164.23: Sponsor one student for a month. Support one student for an entire year! .

Encyclopaedia Britannica Supports Bookshare!

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Our dream at Bookshare has been that every student with a print disability has accessible versions of every book that would be available to their peers without disabilities. We have already gotten close on trade books: juvenile and teen literature. The news is excellent. We just announced: Encyclopaedia Britannica Grants Digital Rights to Bookshare -- Major Reference Collections Now Accessible for Individuals with Print Disabilities Worldwide.

Pottsboro Area Library: The Winner of TechSoup’s February Success Story Digital Connector Challenge

Tech Soup Blog

Here’s Dianne’s winning submission in its entirety: “The Pottsboro Library has made bridging the digital divide for teens a priority. A local TV station employee was hired to work with the teens in a 6-week course where they created a promotional video for the library. Now the teens are branching out to other area nonprofits. The teens have new skills which can help them in work and education. The teens also have access to GoPro and Nikon.

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Why Now is the Time for Boys & Girls Clubs of America to Invest in Digital

Saleforce Nonprofit

For more than a century, Boys & Girls Clubs around the country opened their doors each day to millions of kids and teens, literally and symbolically. By: Sara Leutzinger, National Director, External Communications & Content Strategy for Boys & Girls Club of America. Opening doors.

Ally Shares Her Experience in Program

ASU Lodestar Center

Swift Youth Foundation is an organization that focuses on supporting the social and emotional development of youth and enhances social awareness and leadership skills for teens through mentor relationships. Club Swift is an after-school program for teens in North Phoenix. This specific program is geared toward giving the teens skills to be great leaders within their communities and at Swift After School program. posted by Niamey Thomas Class 12 Public Ally.

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Hey Nonprofits: Here Comes Gen Z Donors

Beth Kanter

These potential donors are teens (and pre-teens) with a passion for social change and who grew up not knowing what it was like to not to have a cell phone or be connected to Facebook. ” They are also known as “ Qwerty Monsters ” who send hundreds of text messages a day and don’t even like to use their phone for calls (and with two teens in my house, I can attest this is true). But it is more than the technology, it is also their passion to do good in the world.

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Breaking the Cycle & Starting the Mental Health Conversation

Saleforce Nonprofit

After a year of pandemic-fueled isolation — undoubtedly a primary factor in 42% of adults experiencing anxiety and depression, up 11% from previous years — educational institutions and businesses are making the mental wellbeing of their students and employees a priority.

Museum 2.0 Rerun: What Does it Really Mean to Serve "Underserved" Audiences?

Museum 2.0

Guards staring at black teens and grumbling about their clothes. What started with 15 students in 1997 has grown to support 200 students per year. The program is rigorous, engaging students in serious scientific projects as well as personal and professional development workshops. YES students defy expectations. Many YES teens don''t come in with confidence about their own abilities. This August/September, I am "rerunning" popular Museum 2.0

Connecting Homeless Youth and Shelter Animals: 20-Year-Old Rachel Cohen, Hand2Paw

Have Fun - Do Good

Hand2Paw's mission is to connect homeless teens and shelter animals in a mutually beneficial way. They provide homeless teens with professional skills training and therapeutic experiences. She is also a Penn student and a current Top 15 National Finalist for the Washington Campus Compact's Students in Service Awards , as well as the winner of a DoSomething Grant.

Teenagers and Social Participation

Museum 2.0

Last week, I gave a talk about participatory museum practice for a group of university students at UCSC. Many teens love to perform for each other. First, teens often have incredibly tight social spheres. They may love to text, take photos, and chat online, but they do so with a small group of friends (see, for example, Danah Boyd's research on how teens use social media to "hang out" with their friends, not to network or connect with strangers).

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:: Welcome To The Jewish Ledger ::

AFP Blog

:: Welcome To The Jewish Ledger :: : "Five years ago, Cyral Sheldon helped found the Teen Leadership and Philanthropy Institute, then a program of Yachad, the Greater Hartford Jewish Community High School. The aim: Over the course of an academic year, teach high-school students how to be involved, committed citizens of a Jewish community

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Generational Giving at Arts & Cultural Organizations – A Donor Story

Connection Cafe

As kids become teens, encourage them to volunteer with your organization. Do you have a young curator’s program or zookeeper-in-training type of program for tweens and teens? Could your teen volunteers help run the kids programs? Do you offer a student membership discount? Discounts for college students provide a path to permanent connection with your organization. As a kid, I was saturated by symphony performances and choral music.

What Does it Really Mean to Serve "Underserved" Audiences?

Museum 2.0

Guards staring at black teens and grumbling about their clothes. What started with 15 students in 1997 has grown to support 200 students per year. The program is rigorous, engaging students in serious scientific projects as well as personal and professional development workshops. YES students defy expectations. Many YES teens don't come in with confidence about their own abilities.

Switching gears: How I found my place in volunteering

ASU Lodestar Center

A passion of mine for the last 13 years has been working with high school teens through my church youth group. During my last year as a student at ASU, I completed a youth ministry internship at the All Saints Catholic Newman Center on the Tempe campus. I loved my job and felt so fed by the work I did and the teens I encountered — which made my next step feel more like a step backward rather than a step forward. Well, mainly because I wanted more for the teens of St.

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Virtual volunteering carries real benefits -- chicagotribune.com

AFP Blog

Amy Bogl uses Facebook parties to help an organization that shelters homeless teens win a fundraising contest. Molly Shah, a volunteer tutor, uses texting almost daily to motivate a student". Virtual volunteering carries real benefits -- chicagotribune.com: "Jeanine Handley, a graphic designer, volunteers without ever leaving her house by designing materials for a nonprofit legal aid organization.

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Apps for Youth, By Youth

Tech Soup Blog

The app was a finalist in Microsoft's 2011 Imagine Cup, a student technology competition. iPad, iPhone, MacOS) is a student planner that helps you keep track of your class schedule, track your grades and GPA, manage homework assignments, and create an interactive calendar. Classtalk (All phones, SMS-based) empowers teachers to communicate with their classes through SMS and email, keeping school subjects and class deadlines at the top of a student's mind.

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Make P2P Fundraising Elementary for Your School Group


The funds you raise provide better outcomes to students and can have far-reaching impacts in the community. For older age groups, convert the readathon goal to be less about books read, but pages read with donations for every hundred pages for teens.

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The Art of Relevance Sneak Peek: Part Ex-Con, Part Farmer, Part Queen

Museum 2.0

FoodWhat's staff and teens have taught me a lot about what it really means to be relevant to people who are often overlooked or ignored. FoodWhat empowers teens to change their lives through farming and food justice. Doron doesn’t work with A students or B students. When Doron visits schools to invite teens to apply for FoodWhat, he gives a five-minute pitch on their terms. It’s not a lot, but still, money is a huge motivator for these teens.

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Reflections from Social Good Brasil and a New Word: PhilanthroTeen!

Beth Kanter

Teens As Free Agents. One of things immediately struck me – the crowd was filled with younger people – teens, college students, and millennials who want to use the technology and do social change on their own terms. I loved hearing Isadora Faber, a pre-teen girl who lives in Florianópolis and creator of page Daily Class on Facebook.

Ty'Sheoma Bethea,: J.V. Martin Junior High School in Dillon, S.C., Where is the Donate Page?

Network-Centric Advocacy

I am still looking for a donate page somewhere that moves money into the school and the students). She had better have the school fixed. Letter from the heart lands teen in first lady's box for tonight's speech -- chicagotribune.com. Watching the speech tonight, I was so moved by the story of Ty'Sheoma Bethea. I wanted the President to tell her story and end it with the resolve to make build the school first. Shovel Ready this week).

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Great reads from around the web on February 11th

Amy Sample Ward

Today's teens also plan to be generous when they get older. More than 75% say they will regularly give to charity, versus 63% in 1989, according to a nationwide survey by the Girl Scout Research Institute of 3,263 students in grades three through 12." I come across so many great conversations, ideas, and resources all over the web every day. Here are some of the most interesting things I’ve found recently (as of February 11th).

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How to Source Great Year-end Stories

Get Fully Funded

Once upon a time, a fundraiser was super busy. In fact, she was so busy that when it came time to put together her year-end donation letter she was stumped. What should she write? Time was short, so she settled on writing a factual summary of her nonprofit’s achievements.

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MAINE COMPASS: School-based program teaches kids basics of philanthropy | The Kennebec Journal, Augusta, ME

AFP Blog

MAINE COMPASS: School-based program teaches kids basics of philanthropy | The Kennebec Journal, Augusta, ME : "Jack is a homeless young man participating in Portland's Jobs for Maine's Graduates (JMG) program through the Youth Building Alternatives curriculum at LearningWorks, where teens can earn a General Educational Development diploma while learning job and life skills.

Get to Know the Lodestar Center: Anne Kotleba

ASU Lodestar Center

She joins us just in time to start a new school year and meet a new group of wonderful nonprofit students! When they leave here, I want my students to continue to question, learn, teach, and continue to use their education to change the world. I was a graduate student at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) when the school opened a satellite building in Middle East Baltimore, an under-resourced neighborhood, with the hopes of it serving as a hub for community arts.

Fostering Innovation and Creativity in Youth Through App Development

Tech Soup Blog

story chronicled a middle school student who built an app to help him. Not only did the piece showcase the uniqueness of this particular student, but also the opportunity to cultivate creativity through technical. awareness and skills development in children, teens, and young adults. The Future of Apps in the Hands of Today's Teens. This post was authored by Vanessa Rhinesmith and originally appeared on the NetSquared blog.

3 Tips You Can’t Ignore in Connecting with Gen Z

NonProfit Hub

Although their power may be limited as adolescents and young teens, their habits will become increasingly important as they enter the workforce and explore their ability to make an impact on the world around them. For Gen Z, the focus on visual impact begins at the first interaction, when a teen struggles with your mobile website or notices your Instagram profile picture is cropped oddly. Reproductive health is confusing and often unfamiliar to teens and even young adults.

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Feeding a Need: New App Helps Youth Find Free Summer Meals

Tech Soup Blog

Millions of low-income students rely on free or low-cost school meals. During the school year, federal programs like the National School Lunch Program help close this nutrition gap by providing free or reduced cost meals to low-income students. This means many children and teens who regularly had access to nutritious meals during the school year may be hungry or undernourished over the summer, even when there are free meals available in their communities.

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5 Reasons Why You Should Make Mentoring A Priority

Beth Kanter

Mentors: Bobby Deleon and Michel Daniel and students from ECHS - Speed Networking. After gifting a copy of Y our Network Is Your Net Worth to every 11 th grader, students rotated table-to-table, in fifteen minute intervals, meeting a variety of mentors; including filmmakers, the CEO of Surf Air, the man behind Movember (a mustache growing charity campaign), a jeweler, an advertising executive and more. She shared, “The experience with the teens was amazing.

Pokemon Go and Nonprofits

Beth Kanter

Centre Foundation , also a Pokemon stop, is adding this to its messaging around several summer programs geared for high school students. As a parent of two teens, I was curious if there were any potential safety issues to discuss with them or if they had downloaded or wanted to play. Pokemon Go , the latest installment in the best-selling Pokémon video game series, launched as a smartphone app using augmented reality. It became an overnight viral sensation and cultural phenomena.

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Come Work With Us at MAH as School Programs Coordinator

Museum 2.0

We are hiring for a School Programs Coordinator to wrangle the 3,500+ students and their teachers who come to the museum every year for a tour and hands-on experience in our art and history exhibitions. School programs fall within this landscape, and our goal is not to see them as completely separate from the other work we do with youth—Kid Happy Hour, family festivals, teen program—but on a continuum. I know, I know.

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Is Social Media Just for Young Folks?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Do you think that people on social networking and media are just teens and college students? Source: Karl Kapp presentation. There is the well-known YouTube user, Geriatic 1927 who creates videos as a memoir of his WW2 days and has over 45,000 subscribers and 2 million views. And there are a number of bloggers in their 80's, but perhaps the best and most well-known is Millie Garfield.

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Building Community Bridges: A "So What" Behind Social Participation

Museum 2.0

A group in their late teens/early 20s were wandering through the museumwide exhibition on love. When I walked by the first time, the teens were collaging and Kyle and Stacey were talking. I don't know what formed the bridge between the artists and the teens in this circumstance. In exhibitions, we showcase local, first-person stories and objects--from students, roller derby girls, retirees, and homeless families--alongside the art and historic objects.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Virtual Volunteering

Connection Cafe

Some employees are looking to engage in a quick event like answering questions for a student that takes a few minutes online, while others may be wanting to commit to a skills-based volunteering position that will help a nonprofit create a lasting strategy.

Three Reasons Kids Need Digital Literacy and Citizenship Education

Beth Kanter

It’s well-covered territory on this blog and elsewhere, but it bears repeating that being a successful student, worker, leader, and citizen in the 21st century means knowing how to find and evaluate information online, maintain a compelling and respectable online reputation, communicate clearly and efficiently, and protect your own privacy and others’ Important stuff, right? Is it about keeping students safe? Photo by WhiteAfrican.

9 Amazing Organizations Share Their Tech Success

Tech Soup Blog

New Heights also uses Citrix GoToMeeting from TechSoup to connect teachers and tutors with students. These online sessions can also be reviewed and played back later, allowing New Heights to offer suggestions for both teacher and student improvement. Inward Bound Mindfulness Education is dedicated to improving the lives of teens through mindfulness retreats.

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