since you're still in school, I recommend doing it THROUGH the school. that way you don't have to deal with the city/state on your own, and your student life or whatever office can help you put together all the different parts you need. and it will look excellent on your CV when you're done!
I'm stumped as to how to start up here in grown-up land.
haha, yea well I'll eventually put together an organization in grow up land as well, thanks for the input.
although I'll see how difficult it would be to be legitimate through the state first, and If I don't end up wanting to take the school approach I suppose theres always the non legitimate way. [=
One project I would really like to do Is being that I live in Arizona a lot of people have citrus trees but never pick the fruit in the winter so theres always asking people to donate their citrus to homeless shelters and we could pick it and drop it off. That and environmental cleanup too.