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Unlocking Student Potential

John Deasy | Posted 10.28.2012 | Los Angeles
John Deasy

Every student has the potential to succeed. Inside each one of them is a doctor, lawyer, teacher, or rocket scientist. But what does it take to unlock that potential?

Why Social Entrepreneurship Is Becoming A Top Career Choice

David C. Hodgson | Posted 06.02.2012 | Impact
David C. Hodgson

Social entrepreneurs are holistic thinkers who want to dissolve the walls that have traditionally separated government, business and the nonprofit sector. They believe an integrated approach -- which is core to social entrepreneurial methodology -- has the best chance of success.

How to Change the World: A Breakthrough Idea From the Front Lines

Max Klau | Posted 04.01.2015 | Impact
Max Klau

In this era of urgent challenges and limited resources, we cannot afford well-intentioned but ineffective efforts to address pressing public problems like the high school drop-out crisis.

Too Many Volunteers And Not Enough Opportunities

Michael Brown | Posted 04.26.2012 | Impact
Michael Brown

A record-breaking number of young people are raising their hands to serve. Unfortunately, the overwhelming majority are being turned away.

Black History Month: Honoring The Collective Effort For Change

Max Klau | Posted 04.12.2012 | Impact
Max Klau

February is Black History Month -- a chance to remember, honor, and celebrate the myriad of gifts that African Americans have given to America and the...

Thanksgiving Tweets: Nonprofits, Celebs, Everyday People Share Why They're #Thankful

Posted 11.19.2012 | Impact

Whether you're eating with your with your family or giving thanks for saved lives -- Thanksgiving is the perfect time of year to be vocal about your g...

City Year -- An Education Solution at Work in Detroit

Jenna Moritz | Posted 01.17.2012 | Detroit
Jenna Moritz

Detroit is being called the epicenter of the urban public education crisis. At City Year Detroit, young adult leaders are helping turn around the very real dropout crisis.

Save Civilian Service -- It Boosts Local Economies & Strengthens Communities

Sally T. Prouty | Posted 11.01.2011 | Impact
Sally T. Prouty

Like military service, civilian service boosts pride among those who serve and can help make people feel a profound sense of connection to their country. It also provides countless benefits for communities and their residents.

Investing in National Service

AnnMaura Connolly | Posted 09.17.2011 | Business
AnnMaura Connolly

There are smart investments the federal government can make that will create jobs, guarantee a return on taxpayer investment and power organizations that find cost effective approaches to social challenges. National service is one of them.

"Giving a Year to Change the World, One Student at a Time"

Hahn Chang | Posted 08.08.2011 | Los Angeles
Hahn Chang

City Year is not about a magic potion to cure all of our students' problems in a night. Instead it is about showing up everyday to the schools, believing in our students and working tirelessly to help them succeed.

Fully Fund AmeriCorps to Support Veterans and Military Families

Aaron Marquez | Posted 07.31.2011 | Impact
Aaron Marquez

Despite the vision for a Veterans Corps, we have not moved aggressively enough to develop these types of programs. The primary challenge has been the uncertainty of Americorps funding.

Lucas Kavner

Let There Be Playgrounds | Lucas Kavner | Posted 07.13.2011 | Impact

Darell Hammond (not to be confused with the similarly named "SNL" alum) is very serious about playing around. He's spent more than 15 years establishi...

Why Conservatives Should Love AmeriCorps, Not Kill It

Shirley Sagawa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Shirley Sagawa

Despite the bipartisan majorities that created AmeriCorps in 1993, conservatives still can't get past the program's association with Bill Clinton.

Muslims And Jews: Serving Together

Ari Hart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Ari Hart

By working on service projects together, we demystify each other and open up space for dialogue. It's an opportunity for people to come together around a shared, positive goal.

Young People 'Make Real the Promises of Democracy'

Stephen Salinas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Stephen Salinas

By fighting for these students and believing their success is possible, our corps members are helping to raise up the next generation.

The Agenda: Day Of Service In Los Angeles

Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

If you've got a day off, consider donating some time to service in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Tomorrow's Aeronautical Museum, Arlington Gard...

Looking for Last Minute Gift Ideas? Help Someone Help Someone

Bob McKinnon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Bob McKinnon

Looking for a last minute stocking stuffer? Here's a thought: Skip the tie, scarf or gift card and use your time or money to help someone help someone.

A Civic Marshall Plan for a Grad Nation: A Role for Volunteers?

Shirley Sagawa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Shirley Sagawa

Having a sense of purpose is also a key ingredient for student success. If students can connect what they are learning to a positive future for themselves they are far more likely to do what it takes to succeed in school.

Who Needs Superman?

Morgan Pehme | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Morgan Pehme

Anyone who feels inconsolable about the future of America's public school system should visit the headquarters of City Year New York for a bit of cheering up.

Everyday Heroes Building Stronger Communities

Stephen Salinas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Stephen Salinas

In the next two weeks over 1,000 children in Los Angeles will enroll in our after school program and pledge to become of part of the solution that keeps their communities from falling behind.

Why I Serve

Stephen Salinas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Stephen Salinas

At 21, after becoming the first in my family to graduate from college, I decided to dedicate a year of my life to serving my community.

Not Waiting for Superman

Tom Murphy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Tom Murphy

Guggenheim said that we must, "move past self-interest and do what's best for the kids." There are thousands of Americans who do this every year.

Joining the Fight Against the High School Dropout Crisis

Audrey Kuo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Audrey Kuo

In the next few weeks, millions of high school students will celebrate more than a decade of hard work in graduation ceremonies across the country. And more than a million more will not.

City Year And EIF Tackle Education And Keeping Kids In School

HuffPost | Jonathan Daniel Harris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

For nearly seven decades, the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) has promoted charitable endeavors (primarily on health and educational issues) t...

How Haiti, Scott Brown and the Underwear Bomber Can Move Us to Action Rather Than Gloom

Joel Epstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

Brown's victory is not the end of civilization as we know it but it should inspire all Americans to take a careful look at what they've done in rejecting Hope for No.