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America's Unofficial Ambassadors

Preventing Violent Extremism 15 Years After 9/11

Benjamin Orbach | Posted 09.08.2016 | Impact
Benjamin Orbach

In the months after the 9/11 attacks, most Americans felt that the threats we faced from terrorists were limitless. Anything seemed possible if al-Qaeda militants could enter our country, learn to fly airplanes, and then crash commercial flights into the World Trade Center and Pentagon.

Countering Violent Extremism: The President's Call to Action

Benjamin Orbach | Posted 04.25.2015 | Impact
Benjamin Orbach

You could watch the news and conclude that countering this threat from ISIS and al Qaeda is a "Muslim problem." That isn't the case however -- this is a threat that impacts the wellness of all of our communities and tests the strength of our founding principles.

Looking for a Job? Step Away From the Computer and Volunteer

Stefan Cornibert | Posted 02.04.2015 | Impact
Stefan Cornibert

Looking back, if there's one piece of advice I could offer to jobseekers this International Volunteer Day, it's that volunteering can have as much value for the volunteer as it does for the community or organization they serve.

Why Volunteer?

Benjamin Orbach | Posted 02.03.2015 | Impact
Benjamin Orbach

Today, on International Volunteer Day, we celebrate the contributions of volunteers all over the world to improving our communities, whether those efforts are focused locally, nationally, or globally. 62 million Americans volunteered last year, that's close to 25 percent of the population over the age of 12!

Educating Bill Maher

Benjamin Orbach | Posted 01.03.2015 | Religion
Benjamin Orbach

Maher is right that we should stand up for liberal principles everywhere, but it does no justice to our principles if our arguments are stacked on a foundation of stereotypes.

Don't Judge a Millennial By Her Cover

Benjamin Orbach | Posted 10.21.2014 | Impact
Benjamin Orbach

I can't account for national trends, but on an anecdotal level, it has been fascinating to watch millennials become some of America's best 'unofficial ambassadors.'

5 Pieces of Advice for Volunteering Internationally

Benjamin Orbach | Posted 02.04.2014 | Travel
Benjamin Orbach

There is a lot to do to prepare for a successful experience. In honor of International Volunteer Day, and in an effort to develop more impactful partnerships, I offer these five pieces of advice to Americans planning to volunteer internationally.