Meet Zipcar for Business members YouthNet
Each month we put the spotlight on one of our Zipcar for Business accounts to celebrate the great work they do and how they use Zipcar to make it happen. Meet YouthNet who run TheSite, an online guide to life for young people. They offer advice on money, drugs, housing and much more. Read on to find out more about YouthNet and how they use Zipcar.
"YouthNet harnesses the power of technology to help the digital generation to help themselves – and lead better lives.
We run TheSite, an online guide to life which helps 1 million 16 – 25 year olds in the UK each year. Young people visit TheSite for trusted information. We have more than 2,000 articles, blogs and films on topics ranging from jobs, money, sex, drugs, mental wellbeing, housing and more. More than 58,000 users of TheSite are registered participants in our online community where they dig deeper and participate in conversations, connect to experts and support one another.
Online will never replace offline support, but they certainly are complimentary and a big part of our job is helping young people to find the ‘on the ground help’ they need. Behind the scenes we have 200 young volunteers who help us develop and deliver our services to their peers.
Young people tell us that TheSite works. After using TheSite, just last year:
• 95% took direct action to improve their situation
• 89% felt better able to cope with their situation
• 89% felt better able to make informed decisions
• 81% felt less isolated YouthNet is a small organisation with a large reach.
Sustainability is in our DNA. Of course we need to get around town to work with partners, hold volunteer trainings, make it to meetings and Zipcar is a cost effective and environmentally friendly means of us getting where we need to be – and it’s fun too!"
- Heather Thomas, Development and Marketing Director, YouthNet