Informing and inspiring youth to get involved in their local and global communities
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TakingITGlobal.org is an online community that connects youth to find inspiration, access information, get involved, and take action in their local and global communities. It's the world's most popular online community for young people interested in making a difference, with hundreds of thousands of unique visitors each month. As of the summer of 2008, the site had 200,000 members.
Young people have the energy, the desire and the skills to make a difference in the world. All that's needed is a way of connecting with one another. TakingITGlobal's position at the intersection of key global trends enables us to support young people in acting as a force for change today and into the future. Our Vision is of a world where young people are more engaged in their communities on local, national, and international levels. We provide the tools and the space for young people around the world to be heard. And those voices will, in turn, inspire more to speak.
Our world is increasingly global and interconnected. Many threats face our common humanity, such as global poverty, war and conflict, HIV/AIDS, and environmental degradation. TakingITGlobal provides access to the information required to understand and act on global issues. Our mission is to provide opportunities for learning, capacity-building, cross-cultural awareness and self-development through the use of Information and Communication Technologies. Because once you have the information, you can share it.
Young people are most powerful as co-owners in our own development process. That's why TakingITGlobal is focused on encouraging involvement. By leveraging the power of social networks and digital media, we've created a tool for learning, collaboration, dialogue and action that is completely interactive.
Our flagship program, TakingITGlobal.org, has become the most popular online community for young people interested in connecting across cultures and making a difference. Hundreds of thousands of people visit the site each month to share their unique knowledge, perspectives and experiences.
Throughout all of our online and offline programming, TakingITGlobal aims to:
- Strengthen the capacity of young people as leaders and citizens
- Foster cross-cultural dialogue and understanding
- Increase awareness and involvement in global issues
As a charity, we work with global partners that include United Nations agencies, major companies and youth-focused organizations. Our projects with these partners provide additional opportunities for our members to engage in a range of global issues.