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If there are issues in your community or anywhere in the world you'd like to address, like poverty and hunger, racism, the cutting of music education in public schools, the dangers of texting and driving, etc . . . Check out dosomething.org.

Do Something will give you ideas and that kick you may need to get active with issues that matter.

Here are some first steps to take when becoming an activist:

First decide what makes you upset.

Learn the issue

You have the passion. Now you need the facts.

Team up

Talk to your friends. There's a high chance that someone you know feels the same way you do. Collaborate, there is power in numbers!

Make a plan

Time to take action. Start with something small. Something you can do in your school or community, or even on your computer. Draft a petition. Make a newsletter and post it at school. Write an article for your school newspaper. Run a drive. Check out projects others have done. Join a DoSomething campaign.

Ask for help

It never hurts to ask other for help. Talk to your parents, teachers, and coaches. Contact community organizations or your religious institution.

Spread the word

Go public with everything you and your club are doing. Use the school paper. Contact your local paper or TV station. Go crazy on social media. Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr are your best friends.

Stay in the know

Follow the local and national news. See what similar organizations are doing. Contact them. Organize with them. Emulate them. You're all on the same team.

Celebrate small victories

Don't expect to end hunger or cure cancer - at least not yet. Make workable steps and small goals. Pat yourself - and your team members - on the back every time you achieve one.

Don't give up

Something, small or big, will go wrong. Someone will tell you no. At times it will feel like you're not making progress. But you are. Be patient - and persistent. Just keep going. You will and are making a difference.



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