Resource Center

Discover How You Can Make a Difference! As part of the Ignitus/YCW mission to help youth become active leaders in their communities, we have com-piled a list of websites, and more, to get you started. Any of these ideas can serve as motivation because “civic engagement” (getting involved in your community) isn’t just something for adults, youth can make a difference, too! In fact, every year about 100,000 youth step up to the challenge under the Ignitus name. We want to do all we can to help you build your leadership skills through making your schools and neighborhoods safer and more connected! Stay connected to us too – visit the Ignitus website, visit our social media sites, and subscribe to our e-newsletter to learn about more ways to get involved. We’re here to help you!

Community Service
The name says it all – DO SOMETHING! Just search for what you want to do, where, for how long, and with whom.

Get Your Good On
Miley Cyrus’s very own nonprofit organization aims to bring teens together in taking ownership of their futures and the future of their communities.
Find different community service projects in your area, and also create your own projects.

Youth Service America
Webinars and trainings, different service events, as well as with grants and awards to get started on a community project!

Volunteer Match
This is one of the main sources to locate community service activities. Since 1998, it has made 4.5 million connections!

Civic Engagement

Teen Ink
Teen Ink is an online hub devoted to teen writing, art and photos, giving teens 13- 19 the opportunity to voice their opinions and points of view on issues affecting their lives.

Youth Leadership
It is an online information center with tools and information to help youth enhance their leadership skills and be active in any field of interest.


Take Stock in Children
Take Stock in Children’s main goal is to bring mentors and mentees together to assure a fulfilling future for kids. It also provides scholarships through the donations of kind people who want to help youth do great things.

Big Brothers Big Sisters
Through this mentoring program, you could be just the person to give a younger teen the encouragement they need.

Crime Prevention

Youth Violence: Best Practices of Youth Violence Prevention
This is an entire book available to you online about best practices to prevent crimes and be a good example to others.

International Centre for the Prevention of Crime
This website is an international resource center dedicated to the prevention of crimes and advocating community safety all over the world.

Substance Abuse

National Institute on Drug Abuse
Various resources for students, teachers and parents about substance abuse, symptoms, what can be done to prevent it or recover from it.


Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Various resources and databases in regards to health and diseases.

Acne Resource Center
This website contains information about what to do to treat and prevent acne.

United Way’s ‘Kids Get Fit’ Program
This is the United Way’s very own fitness and wellness hub, promoting youth health
and wellness through many ideas for kids of all ages.

Going Green

The Green Squad
The National Resources Defense Council has a Youth Portal where you can go and get useful tools to take action towards a greener school!

GLOBE Program
Visit this website to take advantage of an interactive science and education program about our Earth’s resources.