What You Can Do
Have you ever felt like you want to do something about a problem but don’t even know where to start? Well, so have we, and now we’re here to help you figure that out!
There are a lot of amazing organizations out there that can help you get active.
There are so many outstanding organizations doing important work to make a difference in our world. Below is a list of those we recommend for our campers, or anyone who wants to get involved with a particular cause, to get involved with.
Youth Empowerment Organizations
- Challenge Day Offers life-changing school assemblies to create peace and community.
- DoSomething.org Youth activism resources, ideas for action, and resources for school clubs
- Generation Waking Up: a global campaign to ignite a generation of young people to bring forth a thriving, just, sustainable world.
- Global Concerns Classroom: a global education program that raises awareness of international humanitarian issues through powerful curriculum and empowers youth to take meaningful action to address them.
- Green Play: Eco-friendly summer camp for 5 to 10 year olds.
- Jane Goodall’s Roots and Shoots: Powerful youth-driven network of members and member organizations taking action to improve the world.
- Love Is Louder: A movement to support anyone feeling mistreated, misunderstood or alone.
- Mobilize.org empowers and invests in young adults to create and implement solutions to social problems.
- Pollination Project: Provides $1,000 startup grants to individual change makers and projects
- that promote compassion around the world.
- To Write Love On Her Arms: presents hope for people struggling with addiction, depression, self-injury and thoughts of suicide while also investing directly into treatment and recovery.
- Youth for Environmental Sanity, YES!: helping visionary young leaders build a better world.
- YouthSpeaks Bay Area-based spoken word workshops for youth.
- Carrotmob A fun and innovative way to use incentives to get business owners to create positive change. A positive way to “vote” with your money.
Animal Rights/Vegetarian Resources and Organizations
- Beagle Freedom Project: Rescues and advocates for beagles used in animal experimentation. Download theCrueltyCutter app to your phone.
- Best Friends Animal Sanctuary: Provides sanctuary for dogs who would otherwise not be adopted, and advocates for spay/neuter and adoption programs nationally.
- Compassion Over Killing: COK focuses on cruelty to animals in agriculture and promotes vegetarian eating.
- Farm Animal Rights Movement: Tours the country exposing the cruelty of livestock production.
- Farm Sanctuary is the largest sanctuary for farmed animals, with shelters in Upstate NY and northern California.
- Humane League: Advocacy organization for farmed animals with offices in many cities across the country.
- The Humane Society of the US’s Humane Teen website and action toolkit are amazing websites with tons of resources about how to help animals.
- Mercy For Animals: Preventing cruelty to farmed animals and promoting compassionate food choices and policies
- PETA2: PETA’s youth site enables you to make a difference for animals while also getting prizes, finding your favorite bands, and having fun.
- Vegan Outreach: Information and free leaflets about factory farming and veg eating.
Environmental Resources and Organizations
- Alliance for Climate Education: Provides free multimedia assemblies about climate change to high schools.
- Brower Youth Awards: the premier awards honoring bold young environmental leaders.
- Citizens Climate Lobby: An organization made up of many local chapters building political will for a real solution to climate change.
- Climate Reality Project: Al Gore’s organization trains leaders to advocate for action on climate change.
- EarthTeam’s Green News: Read and contribute to this great youth-run, Bay Area-based environmental e-mag.
- Greenpeace: One of the world’s largest environmental advocacy organizations
- Green For All: Works to build an inclusive green economy strong enough to lift people out of poverty
- Kids vs. Global Warming: Empowering Youth to Lead the Green Generation. Founded by Alec Loorz, who started iMatter (see below).
- iMatter Movement Youth movement to solve the climate crisis.
- Green My Parents Youth movement to seed the green economy & save the planet.
- Rainforest Action Network: Campaigns for the forests, their inhabitants and the natural systems that sustain life by transforming the global marketplace through education, grassroots organizing and non-violent direct action.
- Story of Stuff is a great video and resource addressing the environmental and social impact of our consumption.
- 350.org building a global climate movement to advocate for political action on climate change
Gay Rights Resources and Organizations
- Advocates for Youth: Helps young people make informed and responsible decisions about their reproductive and sexual health.
- Gay Straight Alliance Network: Resources for starting a gay-straight alliance at your school.
- GLAAD: Creates campaigns to influence media to build support for LGBT equality.
- Human Rights Campaign: Largest national organization advocating for LGBTQ rights with a campus and youth organizing branch.
- NoH8: a photographic silent protest in direct response to the passage of Proposition 8 that outlawed gay marriage in CA. Photos feature subjects with duct tape over their mouths, symbolizing their voices being silenced by Prop 8 and similar legislation around the world, with “NOH8″ painted on one cheek in protest.
- Pride Foundation: Supporting LGBTQ youth through the Queer Youth Initiative.
- Trevor Project: Provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention for LGBTQ youth. Call the hotline 866-488-7386 if you need, staffed 24/7.
Peace, Racial Justice and Human Rights Organizations
- Amnesty International: International human rights organization advocating for political prisoners.
- #BlackLivesMatter: Organizing to address police brutality and racial injustice.
- CodePink: Women’s organization advocating for peace and demilitarization.
- The Dream Is Now: working to fix America’s broken immigration system, giving undocumented youth and their families the chance to earn their citizenship.
- Ella Baker Center: launches people-powered campaigns that take on racial and economic injustice.
- Everytown for Gun Safety: A movement of Americans working together to end gun violence and build safer communities.
- Food Empowerment Project seeks to create a more just and sustainable world by recognizing the power of one’s food choices.
- Global Exchange San Francisco-based org focused on fair-trade, peace, a green economy, and human rights.
- Urban Peace Movement and Heal the Streets training young leaders and creating a shift in urban youth culture away from violence and fear and toward hope and empowerment.
Politics and Government Resources and Organizations
- The Bus Project Working on voter education and Get-out-the-vote efforts. The Bus Project also trains youth activists working on political issues and candidates.
- MoveOn.org Bringing Americans back to the political process.
- Rock the Vote Youth-based voter education and get-out-the-vote efforts.
- HeadCount focuses on voter registration by tapping into the music industry.
- Students First An organization using political will to help solve the education crisis.
Poverty, Homelessness, and Hunger Resources and Organizations
- Fight for $15: Working to raise the federal minimum wage to $15/hour.
- Food Not Bombs: Community-based groups of people cook and serve food to the hungry in public areas.
- Food Shift: Develops long-term sustainable solutions to reduce food waste and build more resilient communities.
- Kiva: Micro-lending organization enabling people to lend small amounts of money to people in poor parts of the world
- National Coalition for the Homeless: working to prevent and end homelessness while ensuring the immediate needs of those experiencing homelessness are met and their civil rights protected.
- A Well-Fed World: International hunger relief organization that promotes the benefits of sustainable, animal-free solutions in response to global food security, health, hunger, and environmental concerns.
Women and Girls Resources and Organizations
Embody Love Movement: Offers workshops and clubs to empower girls and women to adopt a positive body image, celebrate their inner beauty, commit to kindness, and contribute to meaningful change in the world.
Girl Effect: A global movement supporting adolescent girls education, health, and safety to end poverty.
Girls for a Change: a national organization that empowers girls to create social change.
Girls, Inc: Inspiring all girls to be strong, smart, and bold.
National Eating Disorder Awareness: Providing awareness and support for those with eating disorders.
Planned Parenthood: Health care provider offering low-cost family planning services and STD prevention.
Young Women Social Entrepreneurs serves women with a socially conscious agenda who are founders and leaders within businesses, non-profits, and government organizations in Portland, San Francisco and other cities.