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Millions of students lack the supplies and tools they need to succeed in America's education system. Volunteer to improve your school’s policies, mentor your peers in different subjects, or give some staff appreciation. Join millions of young people that care by signing up for a campaign below to better your school community.
DoSomething.org runs dozens of campaigns each year that help you equip yourself and your friends for a better education. Use your tweeting skills to voice your opinions about school board decisions with School Board Tweeter. Help your friends de-stress during demanding times of the school year through #SuperStressFace. Interested in preparing for post-school jobs? Host a homecoming-themed Career Tailgate! Whatever your passion, whether it’s helping your current school or preparing for the future, we have you covered.
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Facts About Education
- In low-income neighborhoods, there is only one book for every 300 children. 1
- Almost half of schools have made major cuts to their arts education programs over the past decade. 2
- 61% of low-income families have no books in their home. 3
- Kids who don't read proficiently by 4th grade are 4 times likelier to drop out of school. 4
- 97% of low-income students rely on school for Internet access, but 40 million students do not have high-speed Internet in school. 5
Addy, Sophia, William Engelhardt, and Curtis Skinner. "Basic Facts About Low-income Children, Children Under 18 Years, 2011." 2013
Sabol, F. Robert. "No Child Left Behind: A Study of Its Impact on Art Education" (2010). Web Accessed August 2014.
"Reading Literacy in the United States: Findings from the IEA Reading Literacy Study." National Center for Education Statistics, 1996.
Cullinan, Bernice E. "Independent Reading and School Achievement", American Association of School Librarians. Accessed February 2014.
Purcell, Kristen, Alan Heapes, Judy Buchanan, Linda Friedrich, "How Teachers Are Using Technology at home and in Their Classrooms", Education Superhighway, 2013. Accessed February 2014.
What You Get
Psh, what DON’T you get? Each campaign offers the key facts, pro tips, and four easy action steps you need to rock the campaign and make an impact.
- Step 1, Know It: You get stats on the problem and how you’re going to solve it.
- Step 2, Plan It: You’ll learn the stuff you need, how to recruit others to take action with you, and how to prep to take action.
- Step 3, Do It: You’ll learn how to actually do the darn thing and make the biggest impact possible.
- Step 4, Prove It: Snap a pic of you in action and upload it! Each campaign counts as volunteer experience for your resume. And you can enter to win scholarships! Speaking of…
Scholarships and Contests
You make the world suck less for others. Great! So what’s in it for you? Money. Lots and lots of money. (For school.) Lots of campaigns offer scholarship opps. Check out our scholarships page, complete a campaign listed, send a pic in the Prove It section, and you’ll enter to win! Mad chances to win mad money.
DoSomething.org is the largest tech company exclusively for young people and social change. We’re activating 5.5 million young people (and counting!) to make positive change, online and off, in every US area code and in over 131 countries. Our members have clothed half of America’s youth in homeless shelters. And cleaned up 3.7 million cigarette butts from the streets. And run the largest youth-led sports equipment drive in the world. And more! Welcome to DoSomething. Let’s Do This.