Teens' Virtual Yearbook Shakes Up How Teens and Charities Connect


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myYearbook is a project by brother and sister duo Dave and Catherine Cook. They decided to take the idea of a yearbook digital, shaking up not only the concept of a yearbook, but also in how teens interact with charitable causes. A section of their site is called Causes, and it's raised some serious funds to make great eco-minded change.

The Cook siblings write, "The genius of Causes is in connecting these three very different groups — Teens, Sponsors, and Charities — and bringing them together to make a difference in the world. We currently cap our total monthly donation from myYearbook at $20,000 US dollars per month — which makes us one of the largest sources of donations from young people — and we intend to increase that limit as we get more sponsors to support this endeavor."

And what has Causes achieved so far? According to the site, participating teens have so far:

Removed 33,084,500 ounces of CO2 from the atmosphere;
Saved 27,965,962 square feet of rainforest;
Bought 58,785,012 calories of food for animals in need;
Bought 604,303,459 ounces of clean water;
Provided 14,684,784 square inches of blankets for the homeless; and
Bought 6,450,795,576 milligrams of teddy bear stuffing for children.

That's some fantastic work by two dedicated teens. It is hopefully also teaching young people that even small steps, and small donations, add up to some pretty big solutions. Smart way to make online social networking accomplish great things.

Via Ecolocalizer
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