As Part 1 of this blog series stated, there are many ways to make a positive impact in the world by leveraging the influential power of youth and community. Colleges and universities provide the appropriate environment to create grassroots movements and to raise awareness about the multiple issues that plague the people of the world. Here are 7 non-governmental organizations that have made it very easy to get involved in initiatives around campus. Check them out and get ready to be the change you want to see in the world.
“The ONE Campus Challenge (OCC) is an intercollegiate competition designed to mobilize students in the fight against extreme poverty and preventable disease. Through life-saving actions, creative challenges and educational events, college students, professors, alumni and friends join together and urge political leaders to support smart and effective programs that save lives and improve futures for generations to come.”
2- Keep A Child Alive
“The Keep a Child Alive College Program inspires college-aged students and alumni to be the grass-roots soldiers of our movement and spread the mission of KCA to their college campuses. We give you the power to decide what works best for your town or campus to raise the most funds possible for KCA and spread awareness of the global HIV/AIDS pandemic that has claimed 30 million lives.”
3- OXFAM America
“OXFAM America’s CHANGE develops capable leaders, who are informed voices for positive social change, and who inspire greater global awareness in others. CHANGE Leaders are introduced to the social justice issues directly related to Oxfam America’s mission; and are supported by Oxfam staff as they undertake Oxfam campaigns on their campuses and in their communities.”
4- Stop The Traffick
“Active Communities against Trafficking (ACT) groups are groups of people who meet together regularly to look at how they can reduce human trafficking in their area.
Anyone can start an ACT group, you can do it with people you know or find new people to join. Some ACT groups are started in universities and colleges as part of student forums and some are within specific city’s, towns or villages.”
5- Take Back The Night
“The Take Back The Night Foundation serves to create safe communities and respectful relationships through awareness events and initiatives. We seek to end sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual abuse and all other forms of sexual violence. TBTN empowers survivors in the healing process and inspires responsibility in all.”
6- Unite For Sight
“Unite For Sight supports eye clinics worldwide by investing human and financial resources in their social ventures to eliminate patient barriers to eye care. Unite For Sight applies best practices in eye care, public health, volunteerism, and social entrepreneurship to achieve our goal of high-quality eye care for all.”
“Over the past thirteen years, V-Day’s grassroots activists have proven that, when offered the structure and tools to end violence against women in a creative way, they will eagerly embrace the opportunity. Through V-Day’s College and Community Campaigns, thousands of motivated individuals across the globe have hosted V-Day events, using The Vagina Monologues and other artistic pieces to raise money for local organizations working to end violence against women and girls, as well as heightening awareness in their communities about the global epidemic of gender-based violence.”