I was impressed with what Simone Bernstein and her brother Jake created to make the world a better place to live in. Forbes listed them in 30 under 30 Social EntrepreneursSimon’s website Volunteennation.org today helps thousands of people Nationwide to volunteer for a good cause.
1. Tell us about story behind VolunTEEN Nation.
While young people increasingly seek out volunteer opportunities, many struggle to find organizations willing to allow their help due to age restrictions. To help young people seek out projects in their community, I created a volunteer-run, non-profit organization
called VolunTEEN Nation as a platform to connect teens with service projects .
The site lists more than 7,900 volunteer opportunities.
Since the site’s establishment in 2009, more than 43,500 young people have engaged
in more than a million service hours teaching violin to students in low-income school
districts, providing technology lessons to older adults, growing gardens to donate
produce to food banks, and participating in a variety of other volunteer roles in their
Volunteen Nation provides a vehicle for nonprofit organizations to promote their cause.
We are helping promote organizations that have programs for teen volunteers, their
mission, and the volunteer opportunities they offer. The site categorizes the various
organizations that offer volunteer opportunities for students by state, zip code age group
and area of interest.
2. Does Social Entrepreneurship has something to do with one’s nature to help people?
Yes, social entrepreneurs create solutions to improve society. A social entrepreneur
develops solutions to problems and implements their ideas to enhance systems. They
tackle major social issues.
3. How do you feel about the journey so far with Volunteen Nation?
Not only is it amazing to see the vast number of students finding volunteer opportunities
on VolunTEEN Nation, it’s also incredible to see the greater connection volunteers feel
with their community. We are continuing to expand Volunteen Nation.
4. Tell us about yourself and what inspires you most?
My dad is in the Navy. He inspires me to make a difference in the community. When he
was deployed, the outpouring of support my family received from the community ignited
my desire to volunteer. When I’m not working on VolunTEEN Nation you can find me
running park trails, chatting with friends at local coffee shops, watching the Today show,
5. Few words about Value of education.
Education provides individuals with critical skills, giving people the power to improve
6. Your favorite Books.
The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison and The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
We shall keep track of Simone and her Volunteennation and come out with more interesting news about this Sweet Social Entrepreneur.
Simone truly has a heart to make a difference in life of many people in need.