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Making a Difference

Differences Magazine is ever-growing as a provider of advice and help for teens. Currently, Differences Magazine is working on opening the Differences Foundation. With this program, Differences Magazine hopes to empower teens through education, journalism and community activism.

“We thought that what we were doing as a magazine was great; however, we wanted to provide more for young people,” Differences Magazine founder Glenda Campbell said. “We wanted to be more involved in the face-to-face part of it and provide some great opportunities for them as well. There are so many great organizations doing some awesome things, and I believe we can be one of them.”

The Foundation plans to do this in a variety of ways, including starting writing programs in schools, providing community service opportunities and giving college scholarships. Differences Magazine plans to open the Foundation at the end of 2012 or the beginning of 2013.

“I am very excited about it,” Campbell said. “I think it will be very well received. I know that it will take hard work, and we are so ready to take that on.”

The Foundation plans to start its work in Virginia, since that is where Differences Magazine is based. From there, Campbell and the rest of the organization plan to branch out to schools where students need the most help.

Currently, Differences Magazine is looking for individuals to lead the Foundation. They are putting together and board and looking for educators to help the Foundation. They are also working on creating a Youth Council for the Foundation.

Though the Foundation will not be released for several months, teens can still find information and resources through Differences Magazine at differencesmag.org. This online magazine contains contests, scholarships, volunteer opportunities and more. A large portion of the site is blogs written by both teens and adults. Once the Differences Foundation does open, a portion of the site will be dedicated to its work and efforts.

“I think the Foundation will not only compliment Differences Magazine but also motivate us to continue to provide great content and resources for our readers,” Campbell said. “As the Foundation gets more involved with the community and young people all over, Differences Magazine will be able to highlight the journey for our readers and provide a space for young people to write about their own journey as well.”

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