As we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day, I’m thinking about his impact on our world today. His massive protest in Birmingham, Alabama, caught the attention of the entire world, generating what he called a coalition of conscience. King directed the peaceful march of 250,000 people in Washington, D.C., to whom he delivered his address, “I Have a Dream.” At 35, he was the youngest man to be awarded a Nobel peace prize, announcing he would donate the prize money to further the civil rights movement.

What he accomplished—at such a young age—shows how taking action makes things happen. Your donation to one of the organizations below may be what makes the difference in a young person’s life. Someone you help today may be the person who changes our world tomorrow.

I Have a Dream Foundation

The “I Have A Dream” Foundation empowers children in low-income communities to achieve higher education by providing guaranteed tuition support and equipping them with the skills, knowledge, and habits they need to pursue a higher education and succeed— in college and beyond.

Big Brothers Big Sisters (find your local chapter)

Big Brothers Big Sisters helps children reach their potential through professionally supported, one-to-one relationships with mentors that have a measurable impact on youth. Your donation helps recruit new volunteers and provides cultural and social activities for children.

Center for Youth Development through Law

Every summer, the Summer Legal Fellowship Program provides a group of youth from low-income backgrounds with instruction in legal topics, practical life skills workshops, paid internships in law and government offices, conflict management training, and mentors.  Your $25 donation provides resources for five new mentors. A $100 donation sponsors a writing skills workshop for 15 disadvantaged youth.

For more organizations that support Mentoring & Youth, or Human Rights, check out the JustGive Guide.

I’m constantly reminded that when I leave this world it will not matter how much money I had, what kind of house I owned, or what degrees I earned. What will matter was the impact I had on the lives of others. Honor the legacy and pursue the dream for a better world. Then tell a friend and make a difference today!

– Sarah Myers, Program Manager

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