More than Linkin Park and Lindsay Lohan
Did you know MySpace has a contest for its members who are making a positive difference in their world? Neither did we. Thanks to the with-it people over at SEblog, we just learned that one of this month's Impact Award nominees is a group for young social entrepreneurs, called Youth Venture. Winning the contest is nothing to sneeze at, either. The MySpace prize includes a $10,000 gift! Click here to see the MySpace voting ballot.
Youth Venture was started by Ashoka, the organization that fosters social entrepreneurship around the globe. Ashoka founder Bill Drayton says that Youth Venture gives young people the opportunity to see "their idea, their team, their impact" and ideally empowers them become "changemakers" in the future. Some of the projects started by Youth Venture include a program to help nursing home residents use the Internet and e-mail to stay connected and an abandoned-lot rehab in Flatbush. In addition to the $10k, the winner of the Impact Award gets free promotion by MySpace, which is worth a lot in itself.