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How to Win a High School Election 
Online version of the book by Jeff Marx, a high school student who was elected Student Council Vice-President after a tough campaign.

Young Politicians of America 
A non-partisan organization that creates political awareness through community service.

Become a social entrepreneur to make the world a better place. You don't have to wait for the government or business to do something.

Pay It Forward Foundation 
Have an idea on how to "pay it forward" and want a teacher to help make your dream a reality?  Check out the resources here.

Free Arts Minnesota 
Bring the healing powers of artistic expression to local children in the Twin Cities.

YouthCARE Minnesota 
Leadership and mentoring programs for youth, as well as the free overnight summer camp for Minneapolis/St. Paul youth ages 13-18 called Camp Sunrise.  Earn up to 28 hours of community service by attending Camp Sunrise.

MN Secretary of State Student Page 
Even if you're not old enough to vote you can make a difference by volunteering in the political process.

Minnesota Homeless Coalition 
Work to end homelessness in Minnesota.

Avenues for Youth 
Housing and services for homeless youth

Simpson Housing 
Housing, supporting and advocating for people experiencing homelessness

Take Action at Your School 
How to increase awareness of LGBTQ issues at your school

Focus on people with intellectual and developmental disabilities

World Food Programme 
The world’s largest agency in the fight against hunger.

Immigrant Freedom Network 
Humanize the face of immigration in Minnesota

Friends of the Mississippi River 
Protect the Mississippi and its watershed in the Twin Cities.

Hand in Health 
One of Hand In Health’s projects is to send one million books to Gambia. It’s a partnership of Gambia and Minneapolis-based Books for Africa.

Advocates for Human Rights 
A Minneapolis-based organization protecting human rights world-wide

American Refugee Committee 
A Minneapolis-based organization working with partners to provide opportunities to refugees

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 
Employment discrimination and youth workers.

Privacy Revolution 
Join librarians in the rally to get Americans to choose privacy. Protect your freedom to read, search and learn in the digital age.

Born This Way Foundation 
Founded by Lady Gaga and her mother, the Born This Way Foundation works to empower youth and change culture

Generation On 
Need to fill a service requirement? Want to change the world? Find volunteer positions, blogs full of personal stories and project tips on how to help make things better.

Do Something 
Find easy ways for you to act on issues you care about.

Business Professionals of America for Students 
Learn how to be a business leader and get support from this organization.

Minnesota DNR Volunteering Opportunities 
If you love science and nature and want to support our parks, volunteer for the Department of Natural Resources.

Promote the public's interest in intellectual property and information and communications technology policy.

Hmong American Partnership 
Offers support groups, leadership and career development opportunities, mentorship, direct family support services, and more.

PEN Writers in Peril 
Help free writers around the world who've been jailed for their words and their beliefs.

Students Speak Out 
Share your experiences and ideas to help people who make decisions about our schools understand the issues that impact you.

Great River Greening 
Volunteers restore habitats that affect local water quality

Charities Review Council 
See what the Charities Review Council had to say before you get involved in an organization

National Youth Rights Association 
Defends the civil and human rights of young people through educating people about youth rights, working with public officials and empowering young people to work on their own behalf.

Americans for a Society Free of Age Restrictions 
Should the voting age be lowered? Should people younger than 21 be allowed to hold public office? Find these questions and others discussed at this site.

Stand Up with the American Civil Liberties Union 
Info on students' rights including church and state, free expression and law.

Hands On Twin Cities 
Offers ways to volunteer in the Twin Cities area.

Gun violence. Curfews. Child exploitation. Hunger. Homelessness. HIV/AIDS. Hate Crimes. Don't like it? Then sound off. Speak out. Take Action. Make some NOISE!

Educating Jane 
Get smart, be smart, and express yourself!

Emergency Food Shelf Network 
If volunteers are under 16 they must be accompanied by a parent or guardian, but all teens are welcome to help out.

MN FoodShare: Find a Food Shelf 
List of local food shelves who may be looking for volunteers.  Contact them to find out!

Future State: U.S. Department of State for Youth 
Interested in diplomacy and representing the U.S. overseas?  You can start now.

Peace Corps Teens 
Volunteer for the Peace Corps at home or abroad to make a difference to the world.

Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches 
Help low-income seniors, disabled people, and more by doing yardwork, painting homes, and helping at food shelves.

Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis 
You don't have to be Catholic to help this organization's many programs and opportunities to help those in need. 

Minneapolis Youth Congress 
Advise Minneapolis city government on issues that apply to teens. Help create the policies that influence housing, safety, education, employment, transportation and health for youth.

Trainee Election Judges 
High school students 16 and up can be a trainee election judge in MN, and anyone 18 and up in college can be an election judge.

Rock the Vote 
Volunteer to promote youth participation in the political process.

Taking IT Global 
Download a Millennium Development Guide, a Climate Change Guide, and an HIV/Aids Guide to Action to learn how you can change the world.

ThreeSixty: Teen Journalists 
A St. Paul youth journalism program that helps Minnesota teens - particularly minority youth - tell the stories of their lives and communities, practice the skills of active citizenship, learn the basics of good reporting and strong writing and pursue careers in journalism and communications.

4H of Minnesota 
Join or volunteer for 4H to practice leadership skills, learn by doing things that interest you, and give back to your community.

YMCA Twin Cities Teens/Young Adults Programs 
Provides teens with mentoring, social and recreational programs in a safe and positive environment. Teens will learn leadership and responsibility, improve academic and social skills, build self-esteem and confidence, make new friends, and discover personal talents.

Our Time 
Explores current  issues of interest to young voters.  Register to vote online.

Muslim Youth of Minnesota 
In addition to recreation and sporting events, provides educational opportunities, service and leadership opportunities, college scholarships, mentorship, and community outreach opportunities for Muslim youth of MN.

Twin Cities J-Teen Collaborative 
Check out local Jewish youth groups, schools, camps and volunteer opportunities.

Raises awareness about important causes and empowers people to take action with leading non-profits.

Adopt A Highway Program 
Love being outside?  Volunteer as an individual or come up with a group to clean up trash along a 2 mile stretch of highway.

Red Cross Volunteers 
Help out in day to day ways or in times of disaster.

Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity 
Build houses or volunteer in other ways to help families find homes.

Type in a keyword and your zip code to find opportunities to serve your community, and ultimately your country.

Hennepin County Library Volunteers 
Information on how to volunteer at your local community library.  Or just ask a librarian!

Last updated: Jun. 30, 2013
This page maintained by Tracy H.


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