Facebook Brings Internet.org App to Ghana. Internet.org’s App Heads To Kenya, Its Third Country, Offering Free Access To Facebook And Other Services. Facebook isn’t holding back getting Internet.org, its app providing free data access to resources and information, into the wild. The service launched in its first market (Zambia) at the end of July, came to Tanzania two weeks ago, and will now go live in a third country — Kenya — this week. Photojournalism Series Documents the Diversity of LGBTQ Youth. Even as the LGBTQ community becomes more visible, breaking stereotypes and educating the general public still remains an uphill battle. "I clearly remember what it was like being a 16-year-old kid, discovering myself and trying to figure out where I fit in the world. I would search for anything gay anywhere — there was so little representation of queer life," photographer Laurel Golio says.
In 2010, Golio teamed up with journalist Diana Scholl to interview and photograph teens and young adults in the LGBTQ community. At first, Golio photographed events like queer proms, which eventually lead the duo to create their photojournalism initiative, "We Are The Youth. " Not only was the ever-changing dialogue on gay rights in America an important issue for both Golio and Scholl, they both felt a personal attachment to their interview subjects as members of the community themselves. "Each individual defines their identity and speaks on their lived experience in a very unique way," Golio says. 5 Ways to Find Jobs at Companies Focused on Social Good. According to a 2014 international survey by Deloitte, 50% of millennials want to work for a business with ethical practices. The findings suggest that many within the generation believe the success of a business should be measured by more than just profits — including how the company contributes to improving society as a whole.
This is no surprise, given the influence of well known companies like TOMS and The Honest Company, which have helped pave the way for corporate social responsibility efforts. Other smaller, lesser known companies like HVAC.com and Campaign Monitor are also doing their part to improve the lives of those less fortunate. These ethically focused companies help foster one of the most admirable priorities of our youth: Not only is it important to find a great job, but also to find and network with companies and people that allow you to make an impact.
Below are some ways to identify and network with those companies. Join relevant conversations online Amit Chauhan. Mashable. How Are Millennials Coping With Cancer? Cancer is a complex and harrowing disease that affects people of all age groups — both patients and their loved ones. But those who are diagnosed in their twenties and thirties face unique struggles, and many need to set aside life milestones for treatment and recovery. We learn about the millennial cancer patient in Iris Mansour's recent Mashable Spotlight story, which explores how young adults relieve the loneliness of their illnesses. The piece follows 29-year-old cancer survivor Jenna Benn, whose deeply human struggle shows us why the invincible generation isn't ready for cancer, and how we might work to change that. On Friday, March 28, at 1:30 p.m. Using the hashtag #YACancer, Mashable will chat with Jenna Benn, Livestrong, Stupid Cancer, Imerman Angels, Heidi Adams from Critical Mass, Lurie Cancer Center, Cancer and Careers, Dr.
Join us on Twitter at 1:30 p.m. How Sevenly Became America's Most Social Small Business. This month, Mashable announced Sevenly as the winner of America's Most Social Small Business. The three-year-old social good apparel company has gone from a closet office with four employees to a 33-person operation that's raised more than $3 million for charities around the world.
Read on to learn how Sevenly harnessed the power of social media to change the way people think about — and wear — charity. Sevenly co-founder Aaron Chavez isn’t your typical entrepreneur. At the age of 17, Chavez paid for part of his junior college by creating a social media consulting business — one that eventually paid him a six-figure salary.
(To put that feat into context, convincing a small business owner in 2010 — when Twitter was more of a buzzword than a ubiquitous marketing tool — that they should pay a teenager to tell them how to use a website was, at best, a tough sell and, at worst, a Sisyphean task.) "We wanted to figure out how we could build a company that blends purpose and profit together," Using YouTube for Social Good: The 2014 DoGooder Award Winners. YouTube officially announced the winners of the 2014 DoGooder Video Awards last week, recognizing the most creative and inspiring videos from non-profits and individuals over the past year. This year's winners, specifically, showcase the fight against cancer, support of mental health and the stories of refugees in the United States.
The awards program, now in its eighth year, is presented in conjunction with See3 Communications, the Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN), the National Youth Media Network and the National Alliance for Media and Culture. Cisco sponsors the awards. Participants entered video submissions between Feb. 1 and Feb. 15, after which judges and partners worked together to choose the finalists based on a number of criteria. The public made the ultimate decisions, however — members of the YouTube community were able to vote for their favorites until March 10. The categories were: Each cause will receive $3,000 from Nickelodeon and a screening at the 2014 Lights.
Police Turn to Social Media to Fight Crime, Dispel Rumors. Lieutenant Chris Bolton of the Oakland Police Department was skeptical of social media in 2011. As the Chief of Staff for Oakland's Chief of Police and a 13-year-vet at the time, he didn't see the benefits of having a department-monitored social media presence. "Without having tried [social media] and without knowing anyone else in law enforcement who was using it, I associated it with many more risks and consequences than I did with benefits," he says.
That was Bolton's mindset until April 2, 2012, when 43-year-old One Goh entered Oikos University, a Korean Christian college in Oakland, Calif. Goh carried with him a .45-caliber handgun which he used to murder seven people at the school before surrendering to police at a nearby Safeway. The Oakland Police Department had one public information officer at the time, in addition to Bolton. "That one crisis really changed my mind on how social media can be used as part of a public information strategy," he says. Sheryl Sandberg Teams Up With Beyonce to Ban 'Bossy' Sheryl Sandberg has long criticized the use the of the word "bossy" to describe young girls who are assertive. Instead, the Facebook COO has urged people to forgo the word with all its negative connotations, and instead describe these girls as "feminist" or displaying "executive leadership skills.
" Now, Sandberg is helping spearhead a campaign to nix the word and encourage young women to become leaders. LeanIn.org, a non-profit organization founded by Sandberg, has partnered with the Girl Scouts on the Ban Bossy campaign. It includes a dedicated website filled with stories and quotes from prominent women and a social media campaign for sharing facts and tips tied to the hashtag #banbossy. "We need to recognize the many ways we systematically discourage leadership in girls from a young age — and instead, we need to encourage them," Sandberg said in a statement. Have something to add to this story? DoSomething.org Is Upping the Snapchat Game. DoSomething.org is all about empowering young people. The organization, one of the largest non-profits for teens and young adults in the United States, connects 13-to-25 year olds through a wide variety of social causes.
It didn’t take long for DoSomething.org strategy leaders to realize that Snapchat users fall within that exact age demographic. The organization has since focused on building a strong Snapchat following. By creating charismatic Snapchat stories, DoSomething.org has been able to connect to their followers in an entirely new way. We sat down with two of its team members, Colleen Wormsley and Bryce Mathias, to discuss their Snapchat journey. Mashable: Tell us a little bit about your organization — what are its goals and who are its members? DoSomething.org: DoSomething.org makes the world suck less. Why do you think young people like Snapchat? Because their parents aren't on Snapchat. It's also a very contextual way to message. How do you develop your Snapchat strategy?