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<firstimage=”//static.makeuseof.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/teen211.jpg” />There are all sorts of ways for teenagers to stand out these days. Back in the 80’s, we had big hair, jelly shoes, and horrible blue eyeshadow that never came off.
How do kid teens stand out in the digital age? What sort of cool websites for teenagers are out there that can help? For one, they are producers and creators. The tools they have at their fingertips can spread a viral message in a matter of seconds. Awesome free tools like Animoto and OneTrueMedia help them take pictures, add some text, and spread a message.
YouTube, of course, is probably the best way to get noticed these days, as we see by that weird helium Fred Figglehorn kid.
Get Creative: 5 Cool Websites For Teen Expression
If you type “teen expression” into Google, um, you will get waaaay more than you bargain for…BUT fortunately, there are some sweet pockets of awesome out there. The sites listed here are made for teens by teens and foster collaborative space to share, connect, and express themselves.
This is a magazine by teens for teens. They can write stories, share work, and rate the work of others. They can use the free resources online or pay for a subscription to the live magazine. Judging by the activity on the site and the content, these teens are busy and their creative works are incredible!
This is a site dedicated to helping teens share their musical compositions. Registration is free, and the music is quite good.
This is a place where teens can share their writing and get critiques from other teen writers. While the site is just a discussion board, the activity rate is high and teens seem to be sharing some pretty neat stuff. Teens offer encouragement to one another, and drafts can be resubmitted for review. Pretty sweet stuff.
While based in the US, this cool website for teenagers encourages teens to create and post films that deal with social issues. The films are pretty impressive, too. Topics include a full range of hot topics including drugs abuse, teenage pregnancy, and STDs.
This is another great site for teens but is authored by the Listen Up! Youth Media Network. The site has some hefty backing from the Kellogg Foundation, but encourages teens to submit their media projects to the repository.
Get Smart: 2 Sites For Smarty Teens
So what happens if you are a teen that wants to stand out without having to compose haiku at the drop of a cappuccino? Try out these two sites for the math and science lover:
Students interested in science can stand out by joining with other scientists; The World Association of Young Scientists (WAYS) is a global, volunteer-run, non-profit and community-driven collaborative science network. Become a member for free and gain access to a vast knowledge base, science resources, message boards and community. WAYS is the largest grassroots, collaborative scientific community for young scientists in the world.
Students interested in Math can stop here, bond with other math fanatics over problems and solutions to math’s greatest challenges. Teens can start a chapter at their schools, too.
Get Moving: 3 Sites For A Better World
This is probably one of the best known volunteer agencies around. But their youth programming is stellar, and teens can really stand out by becoming youth leaders. Their program “Youth United” provides leadership opportunities for kids age 5-25. Kids can start their own local chapter and host events to raise money and awareness about global housing conditions.
Students can organize and participate in Act! Speak! Build! Week, a “student-initiated week of advocacy on behalf of Habitat for Humanity and housing issues. Act! Speak! Build! Week empowers young people to educate themselves and their communities and move people to social action.” Instead of summer camp, teens between the ages of 16-18 can participate in a week long “Learn and Serve” program. Habitat houses are green and built for sustainability; students can learn about and advocate for green building.
Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) is dedicated to improving the health and well being of children around the world and children’s access to the highest quality healthcare through three core programs: The Ronald McDonald House, Ronald McDonald Family Room and Ronald McDonald Care Mobile. Teens can help RMHC in a variety of ways like volunteering at a local Ronald McDonald House, collecting toys and wish list items for a local Ronald McDonald House or Family Room, donating funds to support the Charity through the Donation Box program in McDonald’s restaurants, and collecting pop tabs for RMHC, which the local Chapter can recycle in exchange for funds.
If students have no money to travel, but still want to stand out, the Great Kindness Challenge is perfect. On August 14, kids around the world will be doing random acts of kindness. This is an awesome challenge for teens from any walk of life.
There are lots of great opportunities for teens to stand out. This is just a teensy list of cool websites for teenagers compared to all the offerings out there. If you want to learn about more opportunities, check out Wikipedia’s list of youth organizations for other options.
Do you have any sites to share?