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A Mile In Our Shoes: Helping At-Risk Youth Find An Alternative Path

America's Promise Alliance | Posted 10.19.2015 | Education
America's Promise Alliance

Gunshots and police sirens served as my alarm clock. I didn't think I would survive. I didn't think I would make it to 18. I was afraid I would end up just like my dad. Fortunately, my mother was there to provide the discipline I needed.

Powerful and Surprising Arts and Business Partnerships: Enriching Workplaces and Communities Nationwide

Robert L. Lynch | Posted 10.16.2015 | Arts
Robert L. Lynch

The arts can help recruit talent, advance corporate objectives, develop a wider consumer-base, engage employees, and build stronger communities by contributing to the economy and quality of life.

Co-Creating a Learning Community

Scherto Gill | Posted 10.16.2015 | Education
Scherto Gill

Under current test-driven education systems, schools are not so enchanting for either the teachers or the pupils, and it is impossible to imagine schools existing as learning communities, let alone co-creating one. Yet this is precisely what some schools are striving towards.

The Pope and a Collective Conscience

Sonya Hamlin | Posted 10.15.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Sonya Hamlin

Have you ever seen this country and its media so addictively involved in the daily movements of a single man? With resultant security measures that n...

Want to Be Happier and Healthier? Then Go to College.

Jamie Merisotis | Posted 10.15.2015 | College
Jamie Merisotis

Higher education attainment isn't just about the money--it's about opening up the worlds of opportunity that only education can provide. It is about enriching lives and communities, reducing crime, increasing engagement, and feeding the economy with the talent it desperately needs.

Brazilian Drag Activists Use Dodgeball to Discuss Homophobia and Transphobia

Sean O'Toole | Posted 10.13.2015 | Gay Voices
Sean O'Toole

In Belo Horizonte, Brazil, a group of drag activists are fostering a sense of community engagement to address the recent rise in attacks against gay and Trans* people throughout Brazil.

An Endorsement of Nothing: When a Pope Betrays the Gay World With Kisses

Benjamin Brenkert | Posted 10.13.2015 | Gay Voices
Benjamin Brenkert

Until the Pope sits down with a pen to reconcile Church doctrine with what is truthfully occurring in nature, much as he did with climate change, he endorses nothing and sets gay people up for even more betrayal -- because Pope Francis cannot assure the world that his successor will be as "gay friendly."

What Is in a Name? An End to Healthy Hot Goddess

Susanna Barkataki | Posted 10.13.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Susanna Barkataki

Names aren't often something we chose. They are given to us. And may or may not truly fit us. Sometimes it's absolutely right to rename ourselves. A...

Why We Come Back: Past GHC Scholars Return to Support New Generations of Women Technologists

Elizabeth Ames | Posted 10.12.2015 | Technology
Elizabeth Ames

In a few days, more than 12,000 people will arrive in Houston to attend the 2015 Grace Hopper Celebration for Women in Computing. The conference is th...

10 Things That Tell You Life Is Beautiful

Helen Edwards | Posted 10.12.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Helen Edwards

Reminding yourself that life is beautiful helps to improve the quality of your life and those you come into contact every day. It also helps you to take a stand and go into battle for the things you believe in and make changes in our world.

Welcome to "Forward Chicago"

Roger Wright | Posted 10.09.2015 | Chicago
Roger Wright

The sign on the door says "C'mon In!" You walk into a FORWARD CHICAGO gathering, an autumn harvest potluck. Following the flow of Helene and Richar...

How Fit Are You?

LuxEco Living | Posted 10.08.2015 | Healthy Living
LuxEco Living

By Nancy Gould Chuda, founder and editor-in-chief of LuxEcoLiving and co-founder of Healthy Child Healthy World. The holidays are coming. You just sp...

I've Interviewed Hundreds of 'Dropouts.' Most Are Heartbreaking. This One Is a Real Success Story.

America's Promise Alliance | Posted 10.07.2015 | Education
America's Promise Alliance

Arlene was lucky enough to have a supportive family and to find a perfect stranger who asked her why she was crying in front of a school that wouldn't let her back in, who showed her how to take online classes and get the credits she needed to graduate.

How a Little Jar of Body Butter From 'Thistle Farms' Heals Every Body

Tajci Cameron | Posted 10.06.2015 | Impact
Tajci Cameron

I'm momentarily transported from my bathroom to the place where this little jar comes from as I visualize the hands that mixed the ingredients, filled the jar, closed the lid and packed it with a card that says "Love Heals."

Unity Consciousness

Paul Dunion, Ed.D., LPC | Posted 10.05.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Paul Dunion, Ed.D., LPC

Unity Consciousness mostly means thinking and ultimately acting in ways that unite us to ourselves, others, Nature or to the God of our understanding....

It Takes a Village: Today's Isolated Mom

The Modern Femme Movement | Posted 10.05.2015 | Parents
The Modern Femme Movement

Even with the luxury of technology and seemingly endless information, new mothers often feel ill-equipped to raise their children, struggling to learn as they go, adjusting their methods and mannerisms based on their unique circumstances and more than a little trial by fire.

It Always Seems Impossible Until it's Done (and Why Zero Suicide is Possible, Dammit)

Josh Rivedal | Posted 10.02.2015 | Impact
Josh Rivedal

Whatever difficulty you're dealing with on a personal level or within a larger system--it always seems impossible until it's done. Alone we are vulnerable but together we can achieve much. Suicide prevention is everyone's business. What will you commit to doing?

Communities Unite in the Aftermath of Devastating California Wildfires

Alexis Coram | Posted 10.02.2015 | Impact
Alexis Coram

When we arrived in the small town of Mountain Ranch in Calaveras County on September 26, 2015 with a truck full of donations for those impacted by the...

Releasing the Inner Leader's Shame

Miriam Linderman | Posted 10.02.2015 | Business
Miriam Linderman

No one is immune from feelings of shame. No matter who you are, how successful by social standards or what kind of position of authority you hold, shame is part of being human.

Innovation in our Communities

Dr. Dustin Swanger | Posted 10.01.2015 | Education
Dr. Dustin Swanger

Innovation is a word that is thrown around a lot. We live in an innovation economy. The company is very innovative. Innovation is the key to our future. But we're not always a society that supports innovation.

A Homesick God

Tara Woodard-Lehman | Posted 10.01.2015 | Religion
Tara Woodard-Lehman

Scripture often describes a God who is in a state of sort of cosmic, perpetual homesickness, forever longing to abide in the hearts and lives of people.

Queer Shame and How Liberal Communities Harm the Children They Embrace

Marissa Castrigno | Posted 09.29.2015 | Gay Voices
Marissa Castrigno

Plenty of mothers hang rainbow flags in honor of their children and then make a point to make a positive comment about visibly queer couples. To be a spectacle, even for someone's kind liberal gaze, still makes you a spectacle.

First Hive Women's Retreat Connects Purpose-Driven Female Leaders

Jessica Biber | Posted 09.29.2015 | Impact
Jessica Biber

I attended the pilot retreat, along with eight other women in Boonville, Calif. One could describe the retreat with words like connection, reflection, sun-brushed hillsides and fireside conversations... But I would just use the word magic.

Black Men: America's Great, Underappreciated Assets

BMe Community | Posted 09.29.2015 | Black Voices
BMe Community

What's the first thing that comes to mind when you think about black males in the United States?That's the question social entrepreneur Trabian Shorters would like more Americans to ask themselves.

Ten Years After Katrina: The Evolution of Corporate Response to Disasters

Daryl Brewster | Posted 09.29.2015 | Impact
Daryl Brewster

At the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, CECP looks back at how disaster relief response has changed among companies. We found that overall, the data show that aggregate giving from corporations for disaster relief has declined over the last five years. A deeper look into the data and additional resources shows that it's a complex story. We explored: