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Reflections On 20 Years Of Activating Youth To Change The World

Steven Culbertson | Posted 07.01.2016 | Impact
Steven Culbertson

It's been said all that young people need the same nine things: Purpose, Meaning, Adventure, Community, Power, Respect, Structure, Challenge, and Opportunity.

Empower Your Teen

KidsInTheHouse.com | Posted 06.08.2016 | Parents
KidsInTheHouse.com

Statistically, I am supposed to be dead, in jail, or homeless. At 14, I'd been kicked out of so many foster homes that it became a game to me. I acted out because I didn't trust anyone, and I didn't expect that to change any time soon. So, how come I didn't end up as yet another statistic? ONE. CARING. ADULT.

Shake It Off -- Clinton Style

Sue Veres Royal | Posted 03.24.2016 | Politics
Sue Veres Royal

There have been a few articles suggesting that Hillary Clinton make Shake It Off her campaign song. While I disagree with the reasons given, I am completely onboard with the concept that this song embodies Hillary's uncanny ability to keep on moving. Hillary should drop Katy Perry and go with Taylor Swift because no one can Shake It Off better than Hillary.

Boys & Girls Club of America... or of Coca-Cola?

Laurie David | Posted 11.12.2015 | Healthy Living
Laurie David

The Boys & Girls Club has a longstanding partnership with Coca-Cola. This was a great way for the company to establish brand loyalty at an early age, in an era when no one could have imagined what a scourge soda would become.

Good News from i3 Projects

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 11.05.2015 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

I was privileged to witness an event in which five more programs funded by the Investing in Innovation (i3) program presented their methods and findings on Capitol Hill. Our government might have used this as an opportunity to remove some of the walls that impede progress in education.

"Congratulations! Your Student Loan Is Paid Off!"

Monica Leftwich | Posted 08.21.2015 | College
Monica Leftwich

This morning I woke up to an email from Nelnet stating I have a notification about my student loans. When I went into my Nelnet account, I had this message waiting for me...

Capturing Misty Copeland's Power and Grace

Richard Corman | Posted 08.07.2015 | Black Voices
Richard Corman

As I approached from the southern end of Manhattan, where the sun had just risen, I couldn't quite believe what I was witnessing. She moved gracefully, dramatically and with intent all over the Mason and Hamlin -- sitting, leaning, standing, en pointe.

Making A Difference: The World of Giving - Authors, Books, Reading and Literacy

Lisa M. Dietlin | Posted 05.11.2015 | Impact
Lisa M. Dietlin

What are you reading? What was the last book you read? These are two of my favorite questions to ask in order to jump start a conversation with an old friend or a new acquaintance.

Making A Difference: The World of Giving - US Charitable Giving Increases for the Fourth Year in a Row!

Lisa M. Dietlin | Posted 06.17.2014 | Impact
Lisa M. Dietlin

Philanthropy and charitable donations are back! Americans once again gave more in 2013 than in the previous year. As Americans, we supported causes we cared about with gifts both big and small.

You Won't Believe What Ron Howard Does For Fun In His Spare Time

The Huffington Post | Shelley Emling | Posted 11.15.2013 | Fifty

Ron Howard is many things to many people. He's an acclaimed actor, writer and director. (He most recently won rave reviews for his direction of th...

The Colorado Recall Elections vs. Common Sense

Michael Sargeant | Posted 11.02.2013 | Politics
Michael Sargeant

On September 10, 2013, Colorado voters in two state Senate districts will go to the polls for a special election. The central question on the ballot i...

Making a Difference: The World of Giving on Father's Day

Lisa M. Dietlin | Posted 08.14.2013 | Impact
Lisa M. Dietlin

Each day dads are investing money, time and skills in their own kids and the community as a whole, making them a paradigm of philanthropy. So why not honor your dad for the positive impact he is making in your life and the lives of those around you by giving back?

What Boomers Should Be Doing With Their Time

Dianne Harman | Posted 08.02.2013 | Fifty
Dianne Harman

Our families may be a little tired of the wisdom we spout, but non-profit groups would love to have some of that wisdom.

Designer Schools: Making Sure They're a Good Fit for All

Dan Cardinali | Posted 06.08.2013 | Impact
Dan Cardinali

School redesign is a hot topic in education circles, and it's easy to see why. In so many ways, the basic underpinnings of our schools haven't changed radically since the Industrial Revolution.

Spoken Word, Fearlessness and the Art of Living Out Loud

Lisa Cypers Kamen, MA | Posted 02.17.2013 | Impact
Lisa Cypers Kamen, MA

Although there are different levels of fear, we all experience it, sometimes numerous times within a single day. Fear has the unique ability to hold us back from Living Out Loud.

Why No Focus on Young People This Election Season?

Trei Dudley | Posted 01.02.2013 | College
Trei Dudley

I am looking forward to engaging in this election season as a voter, not as a Republican or a Democrat, but as a young American who wants both parties to keep young people -- America's future -- a top priority.

All the Good One Woman Could Do

Pat LaMarche | Posted 11.10.2012 | Impact
Pat LaMarche

Eva Grover died Friday. Thousands of children who felt her love will miss her. Thousands more poor kids in the Waterville area who never met and will never know Grover will benefit from her love nonetheless.

Michael Phelps: Charity Is Next Chapter

Posted 10.06.2012 | Impact

Michael Phelps retired from swimming after becoming the most decorated Olympian ever, but he’ll continue making waves. The 18-time gold medalist ...

Making A Difference: The World of Giving -- National Mentoring Month

Lisa M. Dietlin | Posted 03.26.2012 | Impact
Lisa M. Dietlin

January is designated as National Mentoring Month. When I learned of this I began thinking about who the mentors were in my life.

Save the World. Mentor a Child.

Mark Redmond | Posted 03.24.2012 | Impact
Mark Redmond

January is National Mentoring Month, and volunteering to serve as a mentor is one way to save a life.

Bright Lights, Holiday Sights At National Zoo (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post | Rachel Tepper | Posted 12.15.2011 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Have you noticed the bright lights in Woodley Park? For the fifth year in a row, the Smithsonian's National Zoo is hosting ZooLights, a ...

Veterans Day and the Heroes at Home

Mickey Goodman | Posted 01.11.2012 | Impact
Mickey Goodman

It's not just the heroic servicemen and women who have fought on foreign soils that should be honored this Veteran's Day. The family members who stay behind to keep the home fires burning are also heroes.

Who's Rescuing Foster Kids, Runaways And High School Dropouts? (SLIDESHOW)

Posted 12.25.2011 | Impact

More than 4 million people between ages 16 to 24 were either unemployed or had dropped out of school in 2000, according to Philanthropedia.org. Yet, t...

Rebecca Carroll

Misty Copeland On Prince And The Curvy Ballerina Revolution

HuffingtonPost.com | Rebecca Carroll | Posted 11.14.2011 | Black Voices

Wednesday's episode of the new documentary series "A Day in the Life" from award-winning documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock stars superhot, utterly...

Partnerships That Work in Celebrating Students

Pat Yongpradit | Posted 10.17.2011 | Education
Pat Yongpradit

Academic achievements need to be celebrated as much as athletic achievements. It might be weird at first to hold a pep rally for a science fair, but that is exactly what Will.i.am has done.