Recommended Websites


Advent Conspiracy: www.adventconspiracy.org

This website has resources on ways to get involved helping others around the world. Three is also a curriculum that asks important questions about giving and receiving, especially near Christmas time. It is faith-based, but much of the material can be used to present poignant questions to participants that challenge consumerism and the world we live in.

American Humanist (for Educators): WWW.americanhumanist.org

This website has a curriculum for teachers on morality and humanitarianism. There are useful links and documents for teaching in classroom settings, as well as thoughts and values on humanism for educators.

The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education: ccare.stanford.edu

CCARE at the Stanford School of Medicine investigates methods for cultivating compassion and promoting altruism within individuals and society through rigorous research, scientific collaborations, and academic conferences. In addition, CCARE provides a compassion cultivation program and teacher trainings as well as educational public events and programs.

Do Something: www.dosomething.org/us

DoSomething.org is mobilizing young people in every US area code and in 131 countries. Sign up for a volunteer, social change, or civic action campaign to make real-world impact on a cause you care about.

Facing the Future: www.facingthefuture.org

This website offers an already created curriculum for educators to offer their students that ties everyday subject matter into a global theme. This curriculum engages students in learning and empowers them to take action in their schools and communities.

The Food Drive Kids: www.thefooddrivekids.org/what-you-can-do

The Food Drive Kids started off by well, doing food drives. They strive to give youth and their families a chance to volunteer in the fight against childhood hunger, and to educate the community about childhood hunger. Food drives represent emergency hunger relief efforts that provide food to those in immediate need.

The Forgotten International: www.theforgottenintl.org

The Forgotten International is the San Francisco-based foundation that created this Compassion Education Project - Doing Good. On its website you can learn about the many ways in which the foundation expresses compassion through its work to support women and children around the world to rise up out of the cycle of extreme poverty.

40 Chances: www.40chances.com

This website is attached to Howard G. Buffett’s foundation and book, 4o Chances: Finding Hope in a Hungry World. It is intended to give readers and those interested ways to take action and to get involved in making the world a better place, and help ease suffering of so many. The book itself is written in a unique format: 40 stories that take readers through a compelling look at Buffett’s travels and lessons learned, ranging from his own backyard to some of the most difficult and dangerous places on Earth.

Free Rice: www.freerice.com

This website is created by the United Nations World Food Program and its goal is to provide free education to all and help end world hunger. There are games on the site that are education based, and the more you play, the more rice you can raise to be given to those who are hungry. There are statistics and curriculum links as well.

Generation On: www.generationon.org

generationOn, as the youth division of Points of Light, inspires, equips and mobilizes millions of people to take action that is changing the world. They envision a world in which everyone has discovered their power to make a difference, creating healthy communities in vibrant, participatory societies.

The Girl Effect: www.girleffect.org

This website focuses on girls around the world and the challenges they face as well as how partnering with girls can impact the world because of how important young girls are in shaping the world as we know it. There are social media connections that teachers may be able to use to connect their classrooms and communicate with young people around the world.

Global Nomads Group: www.gng.org

Global Nomads Group’s mission is to foster dialogue and understanding among the world’s youth by bringing the world to the classroom via interactive technology. They enable conversations between middle school and high school students who otherwise would not meet. These exchanges promote empathy, peace, and build 21st-century workforce skills. Their programs are easy to incorporate into civics and social studies lessons because GNG provides pre- and post-video conference resources that range from project-based to service-learning activities.

Greater Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life: www.greatergood.berkeley.edu/

The Greater Good Science Center studies the psychology, sociology, and neuroscience of well-being, and teaches skills that foster a thriving, resilient, and compassionate society. Not only do they sponsor groundbreaking scientific research into social and emotional well-being, but they also help people apply this research to their personal and professional lives.

Kids Can Make a Difference: www.kidscanmakeadifference.org

This website has an educational program for middle and high school students that focuses on the root cause of hunger and poverty, the people most affected, solutions, and how young people can help. The major goal is to stimulate the students to make some definite follow-up action plans as they begin to realize that one person can make a difference.

Learning to Give: www.learningtogive.org

Learning to Give, the curriculum division of GenerationOn (www.generationon.org), is the world’s leading developer of lessons and resources that teach giving and volunteerism, and civic engagement, and character through service learning.

Make Poverty History: www.povertyhistory.org/school

This website offers lots of useful ideas and resources for teaching about poverty and related global issues, including books, videos, posters websites, and teaching kids about trade, aid, and debt. Many resources are free, and you can search by subject, age group, and county, as well as by theme.

Millennium Development Goals: www.un.org/millenniumgoals/reports

This website contains statistics on the 2015 Millennium Goals created by the United Nations. There are sections relating to each goal and lists of organization that are working to eradicate extreme poverty in each area beyond 2015. Poverty Program: www.povertyprogram.com/statistics.php

The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation: www.randomactsofkindness.org

This is a great website for educators. It has stories about how acts of kindness have changed people’s lives even when performed by ordinary individuals and not large organizations. The site has helpful resources and curriculum material for schools. There is a place to submit examples of that have affected your life or the life of someone you know. It would be a good daily site to look at and integrate into one’s curriculum.

Rustic Pathways: www.rusticpathways.com

Rustic Pathways is a pioneer in providing superior quality travel and service programs for students and families in some of the world’s most welcoming countries. Rustic Pathways demands professionalism and integrity across all of its operations, insists on quality in all aspects of its programs, and places the safety of its students above all other considerations. It empowers students through innovative and responsible travel experiences to positively impact lives and communities around the world.

Start Empathy: www.startempathy.org

Start Empathy, an initiative of Ashoka, is a community of individual and institutions dedicated to building a future in which every child masters empathy. The community supports student-powered learning projects and prioritizes empathy and change-making in our schools, and it provides resources to parents, educators, and students.

Storytellers for Good: www.storytellersforgood.org

This website not only has videos that are inspirational and motivational but also promotes ways to partake in good works and explains why it is important to help others. Moreover, it has a lot of helpful links to ways people are making a difference in the universe and how to get involved.

TisBest: www.tisbest.org

TisBest Charity Gift Cards empower your gift recipients to support good causes they are passionate about. The TisBest Charity Gift Card is a donation gift that works like a conventional gift card, but, instead of buying stuff, the recipient “spends” the TisBest card by selecting which of their 300+ charity partners receives the money. Personalize any TisBest card with your own message, image, and/or company branding.

VolunTEEN Nation: www.volunteennation.org

VolunTEEN helps teens and young people find places to volunteer, offers guidance and inspiration, and resources to find grants and scholarships.

WE Day: www.we.org/we-day

WE Day is a celebration of youth making a difference in their local and global communities. The WE Schools Program is a year-long program that nurtures compassion in young people and gives them the tools to create transformative social change. WE Day and WE school is a part of WE.org, which empowers people to change the world. WE.org even offers volunteer trips abroad from young people to involved with the changing the world for the better.

Where There Be Dragons: www.wheretherebedragons.com

Where There Be Dragons encourages the deep immersion of participants into strikingly different physical and cultural landscapes, combining the best in experimental education, travel, service learning, and physically and intellectually challenging experiences. A great way to learn about our neighbors throughout the world.

Youth Service America: www.ysa.org

Founded in 1986, Youth Service America supports a global culture of engaged children and youth committed to a lifetime of meaningful service, learning, and leadership. Their mission is to help all young people find their voice, take action, and make an impact on vital community issues.

Youth Volunteer Corps: www.yvc.org

Youth Volunteer Corps creates volunteer opportunities to address community needs and to inspire youth for a lifetime commitment to service.

Zynga: www.zynga.org

This website has online games that kids can play to help raise money for nonprofit organizations that help people in developing areas of the world. This may be a good site for the educators who wish to keep kids entertained, yet involved in helping to address some of the problems in the world.