This post was written by Anika Bagaria, a generationOn Youth Advisory Council member about the recent Orlando tragedy. 

"No way," I whispered to myself, shaking my head in disbelief, "There's no way this happened."

But it had. This cruel, unforgivable act of hatred had really happened. After reading the headlines on my phone, I immediately got out of bed and ran down the stairs to find my parents. "Mom! Dad! Did you hear?"


Did you know there are an estimated 7.77 million species of animals on Earth? And yet, as many as half of them are facing extinction in the next 35 years.1

Make Your Mark on Hunger

When youth come together to take on an issue, they can make a big impact. How big? The results from our Make Your Mark on Hunger campaign are in and the answer is - a huge impact!

More than 33,000 kids and teens spent 633,349 hours making their mark on hunger! (There are 8,760 hours in a year... so 72 YEARS of service work was done in just 6 weeks!)

Six years ago, Carter Jimenez Jenkins was looking at a website called Blue Planet Run and saw a photo essay about people who were living without access to safe water. Carter was shocked and knew he needed to take action.

The school year has flown by and summer is quickly approaching! Clubs across the generationOn network have achieved amazing things this year--engaging in service projects that range from clothing drives for international refugees to the building of a 'friendship bench' where youth who are feeling lonely can go for support or encouragement.

Volunteer with Seniors

Did you know that more than 12% of the world's population is senior citizens? By 2050, that number is expected to grow to 21%!

With the growing numbers of the senior citizens, it is important to remember that seniors are the key to our past and have paved the way for our future. We recognize how much they have done for us in their lifetime - now let's take some time to do something for them in return!

This is a guest blog post by generationOn Youth Advisory Council member Olivia R. Russo-Hood as part of the Make Your Mark on Hunger campaign. She is the founder of Save the Earth Projects (S.T.E.P.). Her organization leads and participates in programs that are focused on using local resources responsibly, raising awareness about social issues nationally, and whenever possible, giving back globally.




On April 22nd we celebrate Earth Day. Join generationOn on this day and for the entirety of April as we focus on the environment and shine a spotlight on the importance of water.

We rely on clean water to survive and right now we are heading towards a water crisis. Changing climate patterns are drying up lakes and rivers, and other sources of water are being overused or tainted with pollution.

Cesar Chavez Day

Cesar Chavez (1927-1993) led an exemplary life of service dedicated to fighting for the civil rights of migrant workers through peaceful activism. His achievements have been celebrated with Cesar Chavez Day, a national day of service held on March 31st.

Recipe for Fighting Hunger

This is a guest blog post from our Youth Advisory Council Member, Will Lourcey.

What can a kid do to fight hunger? That was a question I asked myself when I was 7 years old. I saw a man on a street corner holding a sign that read: 'NEED A MEAL'.  It made me realize that I needed to do something about it. But what could I do? I was only 7 years old.

Make Your Mark on Hunger

In 2016, the Make Your Mark on Hunger campaign has some ambitious goals--we're hoping to engage 30,000 kids and teens in service, while also achieving the following:

In her new book, Tomorrow's Change Makers, Dr. Marilyn Price-Mitchell reveals eight core abilities that young people gain from volunteering and service. We interviewed the author to find out more about her research and why she believes service is at the heart of positive youth development


The world is facing a crisis with 775 million people in the world struggling to reach basic literacy. We are arming the next generation with this essential skill through an army of passionate youth!

1 in 5 people across the globe struggle without any literacy skills, and many more have only a basic level of reading and writing. At a time when technology has endowed us with so much easily accessible information, how are we falling behind in literacy?

generationOn celebrated the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service with 21 dynamic teen leaders at a Youth Summit sponsored by Disney on January 18th, 2016. While participating teens hailed from all five boroughs, all were members of generationOn Service Clubs at their respective schools.