1. How did you get involved in youth social action?
While recently serving as the Community Service Chair for the Orthodox group at the Columbia/Barnard Hillel, I realized how much I enjoy leading social action campaigns and inspiring others to get involved. I fell in love with DoSomething.org, the organization that I currently work for, when I discovered their website and strongly identified with their mission of empowering youth to take action.

2. How has teen engagement in social action changed in the digital age?
Digital media has presented many new opportunities for connecting with youth and leading them towards activism, and DoSomething.org is all about using these tools to power offline action. In addition to the our website, Facebook and Twitter, we recently started using text messaging as a means of communicating with our members and letting them know about upcoming campaigns. With teens receiving an average of over 3,300 text messages each month, it is crucial to take advantage of the tools that youth are already engaged with and consider how we can become a part of these social outlets instead of competing with them!

3. What are you most looking forward to at YouthCon?
I am really excited about hearing from others who use social media about their experiences, challenges, and particularly what methods they have found to be most effective.

Shoshana Bar-David works in the Youth Outreach Department at DoSomething.org, an organization that activates youth across the nation to engage in social action. She works closely with the Do Something Clubs program, encouraging teens to take action in their communities and providing them with the resources to do so. Shoshana attended SAR High School and studied for a year at Midreshet Lindenbaum in Jerusalem. She is currently a Senior at Barnard College and an active member of the Columbia campus Hillel.

Find out more at DoSomething.org

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