Site URL: RandomKid.org
Content: Random Kid provides service-learning resources to youth so that they can develop, manage and accomplish their altruistic goals.
Design: The site boasts a nice overall look. Robust color schemes are eye-catching without being distracting. Likewise, the understated images on each page complement the accompanying text. One drawback is a clumsy layout—too many slow-reacting dropdowns make navigation unnecessarily complicated.
Review: Service learning is an important part of students’ education, and Random Kid helps students engage in empowering community betterment activities.
Random Kid lets classrooms unify their efforts with those of others, so that students can achieve a higher level of measurable impact. Kids can get help with everything from collecting funds, to finding a 501(c)(3) umbrella, to obtaining seed funds, to rallying others around a cause.
Young people can create a project or join many existing ones—choices include everything from collecting toys for orphanages to creating a tribute to veterans.
The site provides teacher resources that focus on the process as well as the outcome. Educators can connect with other schools to share successes and resources. In addition, free Web conferencing allows students to interact with others all over the world. Even better, Random Kid offers lesson plans and curriculum webs from service learning expert Cathryn Berger Kaye.
Bottom Line: There is a decided lack of service learning-specific sites out there. Random Kid is one of the few, and it is a good one.