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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