Teen Social Entrepreneur Taps Social Media

The Buyer Group Votes for Wendi Oppenheim

Fort Lauderdale, FL – December 11, 2008 – Who said today’s youth isn’t ambitious? Social entrepreneur Wendi Oppenheim, 16, is leading a community service revolution in South Florida with The Opp-Guide – and its Web site (http://www.opp-guide.com/) is the only Florida finalist in the Best Buy @15 Challenge, an initiative to encourage teens to get involved in their communities.

Rock the Vote for The Opp-Guide at http://www.genv.net/bestbuy or text BBYV24 to 32075.

Comparable to Zagat or Yelp, The Opp-Guide is a non-profit organization where teens submit reviews of their volunteer experiences with local nonprofits and charities. As a finalist, The Opp-Guide could win $10,000 in grant funds.

“In the current economy, it’s more important than ever to give back to your community,” said Opp-Guide President, Oppenheim. “Young people need to know the true satisfaction of giving their time to people in need. We want to expand beyond South Florida and also build a Spanish version of our site – but we need your vote to win this contest and fund our vision.”

The Best Buy @15 Challenge features socially responsible programs designed by 30 young social entrepreneurs from around the country, and Oppenheim is the only runner-up in Florida. There will be 15 winners in this competition. All winners are determined by the number of votes they receive via the contest Web site or text messages. Voters can register to win a free iPod shuffle and $500 to donate to their school or favorite nonprofit when they simply cast a vote.

The Opp-Guide has proven an innovative way to get teens involved in community service by helping them pinpoint opportunities that tap into their passion and skills. Opp-Guide users have submitted reviews on organizations ranging from Operation Smile to local dog parks. The user-generated content aspect of the site lets teens get real about community service experiences.

About The Opp-Guide
The Opp-Guide to Community Service in Broward County was designed to help teens find community service ideas based on their interests. Providing reviews of various community service organizations in greater Fort Lauderdale, FL, The Opp-Guide is written specifically by teens for teens.  The reviews are honest, candid and help fill the missing link between actually enjoying volunteering and only being there for the credit.

For more information visit: http://www.opp-guide.com/

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