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How One 16-Year-old Girl Is Still Changing Lives

Posted November 28, 2011 | 16:30:45 (EST)

At the time, Allison McCann was just a shy 16-year-old. Little did she know how many lives she would affect by walking into an Old Navy store. Her goal was simple -- to make teen girls living in a foster care facility feel beautiful; her idea -- BIG....

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Chemical Candy and the Emergency Room

Posted October 3, 2011 | 17:34:55 (EST)

Who would think an innocent little Root Beer Barrel candy would send a grown man to the emergency room? What you should know before your send your kids trick or treating.

On a quiet evening mid week, I get a call from my husband that I need to pick him...

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Finally, More Funding For Female Entrepreneurs

Posted October 3, 2011 | 11:08:48 (EST)

In the male-dominated arena of entrepreneurship, our day has finally come.

Investment money is now available FOR women, BY women. These women investors are seeking female leaders in both non-profit and for-profit companies.

The inaugural Pipeline Investment Fund recently launched and we were humbled and honored to...

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Home Sweet Home

Posted July 7, 2011 | 17:54:00 (EST)

We have often heard the term "home is where the heart is." It can mean many different things to different people. To a single mother, a home is a place where she can rest her head, know her family is safe and feel at peace. To a child, it's a...

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Not Your Average Dress Store

Posted April 11, 2011 | 15:43:41 (EST)

Teen Girls and Spring = PROM.

Dress shopping, shoe shopping, up-do appointments, mani-pedi's, the perfect make-up and accessories = $$$$$$.

It's every girl's dream to look beautiful on that day and most parents are willing to spend hundreds of dollars to make their daughters prom experience a memorable one....

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Our Personal Story About Saving Lives

Posted February 4, 2011 | 11:30:06 (EST)

How would you spend $800?
Would you buy yourself some new clothes or put it towards your rent or mortgage?
Would it even make a dent in your monthly overhead? Personally we didn't realize how much of an impact $800 can make. If like us, you think $800...

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Knowing Your Worth in the Face of Adversity: Sha'keyma's Personal Story

Posted January 12, 2011 | 12:46:30 (EST)

Our journey through life can take us down many roads. On those roads are life changing experiences, challenges, lasting relationships, and chance meetings with inspiring people. Think about the number of people you encounter on a daily basis and who, if any, remain in your life for a short time...

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Not Your Average Holiday Dinner

Posted December 23, 2010 | 14:21:28 (EST)

Try to envision nine teenage girls sitting around a small dining room table, sharing stories, and giggling as they discussed their plans for Christmas. Sounds like a typical scene right? Well, this dinner was anything but typical.

You see, the setting was a shelter on Long Island for teen...

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What Are You Thankful For? (VIDEO)

Posted November 29, 2010 | 14:47:25 (EST)

According to Wikipedia, thankfulness, gratitude, gratefulness, or appreciation is a positive emotion or attitude in acknowledgment of a benefit that one has received or will receive.

Personally, we also believe that being thankful can come from the actual act of giving and not only receiving. It comes in the form...

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Taking a Stand and Creating Change is no Longer Just for Grown-Ups (VIDEO)

Posted October 22, 2010 | 17:01:47 (EST)

What were you doing when you were 12 years old?

If you're a part of our generation, you were probably thinking only of your friends, watching the Brady Bunch on TV and hanging out at the mall... and THAT'S IT! Did you consider using your voice to stand up...

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Words to Live By: Kindness is Contagious (VIDEO)

Posted October 1, 2010 | 14:07:23 (EST)

Kindness is contagious even when your 1,532 miles away.

The word selfless is an adjective that defines a person who is completely devoted to others welfare or interest and not ones own. We never really met anyone that we could honestly say was completely selfless until this past summer when...

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Words To Live By: I Am Because You Are

Posted September 15, 2010 | 15:54:45 (EST)

Can you even imagine a mother telling her child she didn't want her?

It's hard to believe, yet it's something children in the foster care system know all too well.

If you ask most people, regardless if they've ever even had firsthand experience, they'd give the generic...

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Words To Live By: It's Never Too Late to Make a Difference

Posted September 2, 2010 | 14:48:42 (EST)

As talk turns to hurricanes, I thought about good will toward one another, and that we Americans often rise to the occasion (or not) in times of trouble.

As Arianna pointed out recently in Yale President Rick Levin's welcome speech to the incoming class at Yale, I couldn't help but...

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