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YouTube Creators Using The Internet For Positive Change

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Updated: 15 November 2016
Among the Vine comps, one-hit-viral-wonders, and music videos found on YouTube, there exist creators using their audience to reach goals beyond Internet fame. These creators are using their platform to raise funds and awareness for causes ranging from anxiety to world hunger. The success of these digital do-gooders relies on the empowerment, education, and engagement of their audiences, rather than just views.

John and Hank Green, Vlogbrothers

John and Hank Green have been vlogging for the past eight years, and from the humble beginnings of their original series, Brotherhood 2.0, have constructed a YouTube empire. A short list of their current video series includes CrashCourse, The Brain Scoop, and The Art Assignment. Anyone with an idea for ‘an online educational/informational/super awesome project’ can apply to be sponsored by the brothers. These sponsorships are funded by The Foundation to Decrease World Suck, which also serves as the main bank for the Green’s annual charity event, Project For Awesome, or P4A. Every December, Hank and John encourage viewers to create their own videos about a charity or cause they support and upload it to YouTube. This year’s P4A will take place on December 11-12 and anyone can get involved by making a video or donating to the Indiegogo campaign. Last year P4A raised over $1 million that was given to charities, voted on by fans, such as The Harry Potter Alliance, This Star Won’t Go Out and Save the Children. All projects involving John and Hank remind participants to live by the motto, DFTBA, Don’t Forget to be Awesome.

Hannah Hart, MyHarto

Practice reckless optimism. That is what you will read on the t-shirt of a Hannah Hart fan. In her YouTube series My Drunk Kitchen, Hart, often joined by special guests, cooks, makes ‘punny’ jokes and enjoys a drink (or two…) while serving up a side of bubbly optimistic life advice. In 2014, Hart decided to take her show on the road with the Hello Harto Tour. On this tour, instead of doing traditional hand shaking, selfie-taking meetups with fans, Hart decided to host volunteer meetups at local food banks where she, her team and her fans helped sort, pack and serve food. Since that initiative, fans have taken this mission into their owns hands and continue to plan Have A Hart Day events. Hart often post messages from City Captains on her tumblr page to promote the events that are ongoing in cities all over the world.

Tyler Oakley

You have probably seen Tyler Oakley’s face on the side of a bus, billboard or the cove