Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Generation Help

Today's Youths Display Commitment to Philanthropy - Philanthropy.com
According to research and nonprofit experts, children and teenagers today are showing increased interest in philanthropic activities, reports The Washington Post.

Craig Kielburger, founder of Free the Children, a nonprofit network of youths helping other young people, said, “We’re seeing a generation of kids, ages 10 to 15, who are aware of global problems, and they’re really searching to help.”

Nicole Sanchez, co-founder of New Global Citizens, a national nonprofit group that helps high-school students tackle global issues, said young people today are more engaged than prior generations largely because of technology. She said, “They’re hearing stories firsthand about the Darfur genocide or about the mudslides in Indonesia. Most young people’s immediate reaction is, ‘What can I do to help?’ and ‘What do you need from me?’”

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