Communications: Site Visit - www.gnation.co.uk

This site offers a funky and entertaining experience that offers a medium for today's e-enabled youngsters to click right into - hence the focus on just 'hanging out' on the site and not being preached to (though there's plenty of content there too).

G(Giving)-Nation is part-funded by the Home Office, the DfES and the charity sector, and is part of an independent charity called the Citizenship Foundation, which aims to empower individuals to engage in the wider community through education about the law, democracy and society.

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So you're at school and get some time on the computer. This site could and should be one of the most rewarding places you can go. Using its resources, young people can find out how to run a fundraising campaign, how to write a press release about their activity to their local paper, how to contact charities and generally learn about charity in a dynamic environment that is designed specifically for them. There's a shop selling branded T-shirts, and the site also has a teacher's section with downloadable worksheet resources, including one on the Asian tsunami.

Special features

For inventiveness alone, you've got to love 'Starwatch', a sort of anti-Celebdaq that lets you track what today's stars are doing for charity.

G-Nation says:

Our site is a one-stop shop for everything to do with charity, engaging young people in charity activity through news, features, games and chat, and offering them an interactive environment that incites them to get involved in some way.

- Site Visit is by technology writer Gary Flood

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