Weeding through all the cat and latest viral clips to find the more meaningful videos on YouTube can be daunting.
The YouTube spotlight channel is here to help, literally.
Described as a “new homepage spotlight series devoted to highlighting the most inspiring videos on YouTube,” four videos focusing on charities or petitions have already been added to the playlist.
The first video in the playlist is more of a cultural artifact. Titled “Meet Asmaa Mahfouz and the vlog that Helped Spark the Revolution,” the four minute 36 second video features Asmaa Mahfouz, a young woman credited with sparking the Egyptian uprising in 2011.
“Four Egyptians have set themselves on fire, thinking maybe we can have a revolution like Tunisia,” she says into the camera.
The second video, titled “Join Travel4Souls on a Distribution Trip - www.travel4souls.org,” spotlights the Nashville-based charity of the same name.
“300 million children around the world are without footwear. Help us change the world one pair at a time,” reads the text at the beginning of the video. The two minute 24 second clip then segways into a montage of charity members visiting developing countries and handing out much needed footwear
“Piper and THE END OF POLIO,” the third video, is a charmingly animated, and narrated, video touching on the history of polio. When asked who the patent for polio belonged to, Jonas Edward Salk, the scientist who found the cure, said the patent belonged to the people: “Could you patent the sun?”
The short, uploaded by Global Poverty Project, urges viewers to sign the End of Polio petition, as the disease still affects poverty-stricken nations.
The last video to be added features a deaf mother, Lilli, and her deaf 24-month-old daughter Ava, speaking with each other through sign language at the dinner table.
“Language is not a privilege, it is a right” reads the video’s description, before urging UK residents to sign the e-petition, Fair Access to Family Sign Language Classes.