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Do Something.pt

Do Something’s general objective is to promote, recognise and support volunteering, active citizenship and entrepreneurship in young Portuguese people between 13 and 30 years of age, mobilising and preparing them for action. Do Something offers different types of support and participation opportunities for young people: supporting the creation of Do Something Clubs (informal groups for young people, who develop projects); opportunities through action "tips for projects"; content and volunteer opportunities in organisations; campaigns that mobilise and challenge young people to act for a cause (environment, art and culture, human rights, discrimination, education, peace and citizenship, health and sports and poverty); bootcamp training for young activists; Do Something awards distinguish the young ‘doers’, who stood out throughout the year.


Who are the e-volunteers?

Do Something is directly involved with 443 young leaders responsible for 58 clubs around the country. Those young people are currently invloving 59.517 others volunteer youth in different projects. Each youth takes the initiative to perform the first contact with Do Something project. After their first contact we send them information and some material about how to run a club and some activities and we help them. We follow their activities through a very short report they send us, across Skype and using mobile phones. We have a youth consulting group – 26 members, selected through a national competition.

How many e-volunteers are involved?

Between 2010 and 2012 with had the engagement of 72.093 young volunteers all over the country in different activities (campaigns, clubs and Do Something activities).

Whom do they address the project to? Who is the recipient?

Do Something is addressed to young people between 13 and 30 years old. At this moment we have 59 517 youth involved in social projects through Do Something clubs, 214 423 visitors per year at the website, 9 190 followers, 3 356 registered youth in the project and 1 400 non-profit organisations with volunteer opportunities for youth.

How do they verify the e-volunteers’ competences before they start the co-operation with them?

Each young person fills in an application form. We are not very strict with them in the beginning as long as they are responsible and choose clear and well-defined goals. After that we follow their activities sometimes actively (by visiting the places of work), but most of the time via Skype, e-mail and SMS. We support them and help them reinforce their competences but never give them direct solutions.

How do they ensure the safety and the quality of the e-volunteers’ work?

During the year we invite them for a training course - Do Something camp and other training offered by TESE. In this training they can improve their knowledge about project management, fundraising, dynamic groups, etc. and extend their relationship with us and between themselves.

Name of the organisation: TESE - Associação para o Desenvolvimento

Project title: Do Something.pt

Website: www.dosomething.pt