From the Thursday Network website:
"For more than 24 years, Thursday Network has supported the programs of the Greater Washington Urban League by serving the diverse needs of Washington, D.C., Montgomery County and Prince George’s County, Md. Our mission is to provide a place for young professionals to support the GWUL and focus our energies on community service and economic empowerment, as well as our own personal & professional development and civic involvement. Thursday Network members are a part of the legacy of the National Urban League and stand united in the causes of Jobs, Education, Housing and Health.
Created to generate a pipeline of leaders connected to The Urban League Movement, Thursday Network has developed a number of signature programs that impact our community. Our I EMPOWER scholarship has awarded service minded students in D.C. and Md. with $154,000 towards their college education over the past 22 years. Our Empowerment Academy establishes mentoring programs in D.C. schools, that equips young students with life skills related to the National Urban League Empowerment Goals. Each year, we host Young Blacks Give Backs month, to highlight our commitment to service and show that Thursday Network’s young professionals are engaged in the betterment of our neighborhoods. These are just a few of the highlights of our work in the community, as we host these along with a variety of service events each month."
The Greater Washington Urban League and Thursday Network are incredible organizations that are out actively serving the community on a daily basis. Protest rallies and marches, etc. have their place, but if you're looking for ways to effect substantive and lasting changes in your community, organizations like these are where that kind of work is done. If collaborating with a bunch of great minds to create the kind of world you want to live in sounds good to you, you should definitely pay a visit to these organizations (or ones like them in your area) and find a way to get involved.