DoSomething.org, one of the largest U.S. organizations that helps teens take action on causes they care about, launches a new membership model today.
The goal of DoSomething.org membership is to build an army of doers 5 million strong by 2015.
The organization will communicate with its members primarily through text messaging, as 90% of teens have a cell phone by age 15 and the open rate for text message is 100%.
Membership gives teens the chance to make a real impact on social change, cash grants and prizes for school and cause projects, swag teens actually want (like movie tickets), and access to invite-only opportunities like the chance to meet a celebrity. Any young person 25 and under can join by texting “JOIN” to 38383 or joining online at www.DoSomething.org.
In addition, the organization is releasing data from their third annualCommunity Service and College Admissions Survey, the only scientific report addressing how community service impacts the college admissions process. This year, the survey reportsadmission officers indicate long-term commitment to a cause or organization is very important.
Sponsored by Chase and conducted in partnership with Fastweb, the trusted scholarship and financial aid resource, the survey interviewed admissions officers from 32 of the top 50 colleges and universities listed in US News & World Report to identify the most important elements of a strong application. Some findings include:
· “Good citizenship” is instrumental, a skill developed in service activities(76% of officers reported leadership plays a critical role in admissions decisions)
· Specific language can be more effective: words like “passion” and “initiative,” should be used instead of ”required” and “brief”
· Applicants should indicate their community service in the specific area of the application and elaborate in the essay)
· Community service ranked number four in importance of factors considered for admission – above reference letters, interviews and legacy.
For more go to: http://www.dosomething.org/