Hi, I’m currently 15 years old and was interested in starting an international nonprofit organization that works through smaller projects (eg. For the first project I was thinking of building libraries with internet access in places like northern Ghana, Malawi, etc.). I have some other organizations in mind that I would like to partner with, since they run and work at the designated areas which I want to help. Now before you suggest that I should volunteer instead of creating a new org. (because of the time/effort it takes with the paperwork), I want to let you know that I have tried to help and volunteer in local organizations doing similar work abroad, but I have always been rejected so far since I’m not old enough for them and they are looking for other people such as college graduate students. I have looked all over the web, and have come to the understanding that here, in the state of California, it is legal for a minor to start a npo, but I was wondering how I would go about signing the legal documents, since I can’t really be held to binding contracts. I can get my parents/legal guardians to cosign them with me, but I don’t know the proper ways to do it. I know that I need help from a lawyer/attorney and I should preferably get one to do probono since I don’t have much money to start with, but I just want to find out if a minor can create a npo in the state of California. If not, I can always try to create a new initiative under an existing organization or maybe some org. supporting youth ventures might help. Is there any way my parents can sign the contract so they are liable, making the contract valid? It will be best if the organization gets a 501(c)3 tax exempt status, which will greatly help, but that can't happen if a minor is signing the legal papers. I have thought this through, and I have potential board members in mind, but is there a requirement of how many need to be above 18? Thank you so much for reading all this, and any help would be greatly appreciated.