RED Hearts: Do Something to Help the World

RED Hearts are guests posts on I Heart Daily from the authors of RED: Teenage Girls in America Write On What Fires Up Their Lives Today. Today's RED Hearts post is from Zulay Regalado, 21, in Miami, Florida, who is inspired by an organization that invites you to... well... do something (that's their handbook for young activists, pictured):

Want to start a movement in your community but you don't know where to begin? Inspired to do something -- only you're not sure exactly what?

Dosomething.org is a non-profit organization that gives teens free reign to stand up for the causes you love. You can find ways to support any issue you care about, from poverty to racial discrimination and health to animal testing, or even start your own club with friends to help raise awareness. You can launch a petition, become an activist for your community, or even stand beside Paramore’s Hayley Williams in her fight against sex trafficking.

Whatever your areas of interest and activism, the site provides interesting facts and background to help you decide where best to apply your energy. (Did you know that there are six million more women than men in the world, yet women only receive 11 percent of the world’s income?)

On top of making the world a better place, it’s a fun way to earn some community service hours for school and even add that extra humanitarian touch to your college resume. By connecting with others around the things you're passionate about, “something” can mean everything.

RED Hearts guest poster Zulay Regalado is an author of RED: Teenage girls in America write on what fires up their lives today, which is available in paperback.