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Student-Run Org Leverages The Power Of Social Media For Social Good

Student-Run Org Leverages The Power Of Social Media For Social Good

It’s officially summer vacation, a time when most teens focus on part-time jobs or spending time at the pool. But for one California high-school student, it’s a time to start changing the world.

Seventeen year-old Priyanka Jain is the founder of iCAREweCARE, the world’s first student-run social network for social good.

“I began to notice how many students care about global issues but don’t know what to do about it. I realized our generation has never had a platform where we can find opportunities to act locally with our friends, as well as engage in a global conversation about these problems,” said Jain.

Designed for high school and college students, iCAREweCARE is a non-profit that encourages young people to choose what global issues they are passionate about and allows them to see what their friends CARE about.

Students are provided with organizations in their local community that address the causes they CARE about, given information about where their friends are volunteering and can easily invite their friends to volunteer together.

iCAREweCARE users are also given the ability to “rate their experience” at an organization (based on how engaged they felt) so that other students can make educated decisions about where they want to volunteer.

“Community service is a meaningful experience that is much more fun and impactful when done with friends through social networks, and iCAREweCARE is the first non-profit to encourage social change to be social,” said Jain.

This innovative technology launched Friday at the Walt Disney Family Museum Theater, with Jain speaking to many highly motivated students from around the San Francisco area.

The current iCAREweCARE team has already gathered several high schools and colleges in the United States, including Yale and MIT, and three international schools. Many more high schools and colleges are expected to join in the coming weeks.

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1:20PM PDT on May 28, 2011

I hope this project continue to succeed!!

1:18PM PDT on May 28, 2011

Great job! Thanks for sharing, Beht!!

4:45PM PDT on May 27, 2011

Very glad to see something like this started, and appreciated the video. "The certainty that students presented an untapped potential" - yes! We have so many avenues where we can make those differences... I totally am pushing the same idea of connecting people through social media and also through social situations involving actions. Still have a lot of kinks to work out, and no longer a student, but yes! Collaboration! Facebook is a great tool, and I have a lot of ideas from platforms - narrowly restricting the target group isn't always the best idea, but these things grow.
My main concern is making sure that these platforms interrelate... that there's a way to push events from one spot or posting to other places, without getting information overload. So... like RSS feeds, but to calendars (for events) and to multiple pages (from and to fb, or iCAREweCARE and stuff, beyond just hitting a "like" button, which iCAREweCARE appears to have) which subscribe to causes or events in an area... and with summaries of exact causes, campaigns, intended impacts, targeted group (if applicable) or area, etc.
I mostly talk with youth, and I'm still pretty young myself, but I agree with the video on the site: thinking of solutions, rather than thinking of barriers to problems. While youth are generally receptive to this, they're definitely not the only ones capable or caring. So... best of luck! I truly hope this project continues to succeed.

7:01AM PDT on May 27, 2011

tks

9:32AM PDT on May 26, 2011

thanks for sharing

2:52AM PDT on May 26, 2011

Perhaps Care2 could also provide links to volunteer organisations and opportunities.

3:35PM PDT on May 25, 2011

Great idea!

10:03AM PDT on May 25, 2011

thanks

1:07AM PDT on May 25, 2011

Great job, Chica!

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10:46AM PDT on May 24, 2011

thanks for sharing

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