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Leila J. Milgrim


High School Senior Founded a Charity to Provide Professional Attire to the Homeless

Leila J. Milgrim | August 31, 2014 | Impact
Kindness runs in Blair Israel's blood. As a young girl, Blair and her triplet brothers, Brett and Blake, were told stories about how her grandmother and grandfather took homeless people off the streets and welcomed them into their home in Ohio.
Peter Dreier


A Labor Day Documentary: 'Brothers on the Line' Tells the Story of the Reuther Brothers -- Founding Fathers of the American Middle Class

Peter Dreier | August 31, 2014 | Politics
It is unfortunate that few Americans know much about labor history and the Reuther brothers, who built the United Auto Workers union that transformed the broader labor movement and helped build the nation's middle class.
Geoffrey Mock

A New Hope With Every Sunrise for Families of the Disappeared

Geoffrey Mock | August 31, 2014 | World
In every one of these cases, there is an answer. There is someone in these governments who knows where these people are or what happened to them.
Bill Couzens


Yes, I Was a Smoker

Bill Couzens | August 31, 2014 | Healthy Living
My mother was a gentle soul. In her best disciplinary voice, a whisper at most, used one time during my teenage years, she said, "Bill, I wish you would not smoke -- it's bad for you."  
Dori Hartley


Raising Awareness for Raising Awareness

Dori Hartley | August 30, 2014 | Impact
While it's good to raise awareness, let's not forget that the people we're trying to help need us now, not after their disease has taken away everything they have.

What Happens When an Earthquake Strikes the Place Where You Grew Up?

Ravishly | August 30, 2014 | Impact
Perhaps not surprisingly, people have been quick to snicker about the Napa earthquake, downplaying its severity. To some extent, this makes sense -- the area was lucky. But while it's easy to cast judgment from afar and say, it's important to remember that these buildings meant something to their inhabitants.
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.


Year-Round Schooling: How It Would Help Minority Students

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | August 30, 2014 | Black Voices
Closing the achievement gap for minority students is always the topic of discussion and it seems to me that we have at least a partial solution right in front of us. Implementing year-round schooling will lead to minority students who are more engaged with their academics.
Mark Horvath


Tiny Homes Will Not End Homelessness -- Community First! Village Will

Mark Horvath | August 30, 2014 | Impact
Seems like it's only been a moment since Alan Graham first invited me to Austin to see the amazing work he is doing. Since then, I have visited Mobile Loaves and Fishes more than any other nonprofit homeless services. The reason for that is simple: Alan and his team place people first!
Mary Orlin


#NapaQuake: How You Can Help Keep #NapaStrong

Mary Orlin | August 30, 2014 | Food
Bottle shock.  Crushed.  Shaken, not stirred.  Whatever word you choose to describe it, the 6.0 magnitude earthquake that rocked Napa Valley early Sunday morning has left behind more than spilled wine.
William B. Bradshaw


Family, Friends and Technology

William B. Bradshaw | August 30, 2014 | Impact
Are people less friendly than they used to be? As I looked beyond having just a "gut feeling" about attitudes and practices of people, I became aware of the "General Social Survey." I found a lot of information that relates to the friendliness of people.
Vivian Norris


9 Years After Hurricane Katrina: New Orleans' Lower Ninth Ward and Recovery

Vivian Norris | August 29, 2014 | Politics
The group of citizens gathered today alongside the levee which runs the length of the Industrial Canal, in the Lower Ninth Ward, the hardest hit, the place where so many lost their lives. The names written on a banner reminded us of the lives lost.
Joan K. Smith


From Killer Looks to No-Kill to Nabbing a Kitten Killer: The Barbi Twins Connect the Dots to Save Animals

Joan K. Smith | August 29, 2014 | Impact
What do stray cats and the ocean have to do with each other? Quite a bit in the current work of Shane and Sia Barbi, better known as the Barbi Twins. The blockbuster Playboy cover models and vegan...
Gaia Paradiso

People' Impact With Carlotta: A Bridge Between Two Cultures

Gaia Paradiso | August 29, 2014 | Impact
Her dream of traveling to China materialized when she enrolled in a Master of Economics and Tourism management, and she was offered an internship at the Italian trade agency in Shanghai.
Jeff Peterson


Overcoming Amputation in the Developing World

Jeff Peterson | August 29, 2014 | Impact
Technology is truly incredible. Watching Aimee Mullens' video "My 12 Pairs of Legs," I couldn't help but think about how amazing these prosthetics were, and yet how most people who need them would never have access.
Tarek Mouganie

For Africa to Truly Rise, Entrepreneurs Must Be Prioritized

Tarek Mouganie | August 29, 2014 | World
Growing up, I had endless support from my family, the teachers at school and my university professors. I completed a PhD in physics at a relatively young age and spent some time trying to commercialize the project I setup, all thanks to my funders -- a venture-backed project. It was this experience that made me want to help other entrepreneurs. So after six years on the job, I headed back to Ghana with all my savings and a vague career goal.
Marc Ross


Bridging the Gap: Baby Boomers and Millennials Working Together for Social Change

Marc Ross | August 29, 2014 | Impact
Volunteer-based organizations have found inventive ways to encourage participation of various age groups towards a noble cause through a powerful tool -- mission-based work that appeals to the former hippies and the current hipsters.
Shappal Ibrahim

My Time in Secret Detention in Syria: "We Could Hear the Screams of Torture Victims"

Shappal Ibrahim | August 29, 2014 | World
On May 29, 2013, one of the guards came to our cell and told me I would be released. I didn't believe him, I thought I was going to be executed. The guards shaved my hair off and I was sure I was going to die.
Dr. Jane Aronson


When One Child Dies, It Matters

Dr. Jane Aronson | August 29, 2014 | Impact
Ten million children under the age of five die every year. When I started medical school that number was double, and though we have come a long way, this is not good enough.
Darell Hammond


Kids Helping Kids Thrive

Darell Hammond | August 29, 2014 | Impact
These are three shining examples of the amazing impact kids can have on their fellow peers. Caring and engaged adults, of course, play an important role in the happy and healthy development of children.
Nick Hall

How My Preemies Taught Me to Fly

Nick Hall | August 29, 2014 | Impact
Our daughter, Reece, has had many of the typical challenges that preemies face. We have learned to let go of our expectations, celebrate her milestones and appreciate all that she can do. It doesn't mean that it is easy. For her, or for us, but we are grateful.
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