With all the depressing/infuriating news out there, it's easy to feel helpless after reading an article and not knowing how to make a difference. For those of us who stay up-to-date on the news, you might find yourself asking, "OK, but what can I actually do to solve this issue?" after reading yet another article on victims of gun violence or discrimination. DoSomething, one of the largest organizations for young people and social change, might have found an answer to that question.
The organization, which has over 5.1 million members in 131 countries, just released a free mobile app for iOS and Android. Basically, the app allows you to read news stories from the publications you read anyways, except now you can actually ~Do Something~ about the unfair news you're reading about.
When you download the app, you'll see a curated feed of stories touching on different issues such as discrimination, bullying, and the environment. You can skim the story with DoSomething's highlights, or you can choose to read the full story. Here's an example:
Once you're informed about the issue, you can decide to actually do something about it. By clicking the "Take Action" button, you'll be directed to an ongoing campaign on how you can help solve the issue at hand.
There's also a social component. You can view the campaigns you're currently participating in...
And you can connect with others doing the same.
It's refreshing to see an app that can turn the news we read into action. And to the people that say our generation won't accomplish anything by spending time on our phones, DoSomething's app might just prove them wrong.
Download the app here, or find out more with this video:
Lead Image Credit: https://app.dosomething.org/