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Fueling the Future

Fueling the future means evolving our work to meet the needs of a new generation of volunteers and activists. It means setting a new mission and vision to meet the needs of young people hungry for systemic social change. It means centering their voices, perspectives, and actions as the heartbeat of our work.

Creating socially conscious leaders committed to achieving real and sustainable impact has always been top-of-mind for us. Having lived through a global pandemic and unprecedented economic and political unrest, young people today are eager for systemic change. To respond to these new challenges and the ways they want to engage with social causes, we underwent a robust strategic planning process. By centering the voices of DoSomething members, we’ve charted a new course that evolves our work beyond just volunteerism and call-to-action campaigns to drive toward deeper programs that equip young people to tackle the root causes of issues and achieve lasting, systemic change.

This new direction better positions DoSomething to help young people find their civic spark, center them in our work, and create a hub for activism that is inclusive, reflective, and oriented toward systemic solutions. Over the last two years, we’ve witnessed their optimism, drive, and dedication. We’ll continue to elevate youth voices and champion our members as they build and create a more just and equitable future.


Our Strategic Plan

Our new direction pays homage to our past and positions our organization to center and drive the interests of young people – centering their voices and perspectives now and in the future.

OUR STRATEGIC PRIORITIES

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1. Foster a diverse and inclusive collective of young people who use their power to effect change together

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2. Change the economic and political conditions that block young people from using their power to change the world

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3. Cultivate a culture of belonging and purpose within our organization and our collective of members

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4. Build a sustainable organization positioned for long-term impact

OUR PROGRESS

A few of the key initiatives we are working on to advance our strategic plan:

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Public Narrative Training | February 2024

We brought together leaders across the DoSomething collective alongside staff for a full–day Public Narrative training. Led by The Leading Change Network and designed by legendary organizer and Harvard professor Marshall Ganz, the training supported participants in developing their Story of “Self,” “Us,” and “Now,” weaving together a cohesive narrative connecting one's personal story to a collective call-to-action.

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Civic Fellows Program | October - December 2023

We launched the first cohort of our Civic Fellows program in 2023, supporting two rising leaders in New York City with mentorship and resources to scale initiatives they started to Do Something about issues they identified in their community.

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Generation Future | November 2023

For three decades, DoSomething has empowered young people to take action and make a difference. To celebrate the milestone of our 30th birthday, we honored the next generation of changemakers at The Futures Ball on November 16, 2023.

Thousands of young people nationwide applied for The Generation Future Award, and from 10 finalists, members voted for 3 of their peers who also share their vision for the future.

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