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Daniel Heimpel

Freak Snowstorm Slows, Improves Fifth Annual Foster Youth Questival

Daniel Heimpel | Posted 06.23.2016 | Sports
Daniel Heimpel

It is near 5:00 a.m., and the sun has started its push up over the east side of Mt. Shasta, directly opposite the 13-person group of climbers on the southwest slope. The sun so obscured, the light is a blue gray, with clouds all around save for a miles-wide clearing.

Foster Youth Take on 14,000-foot Mt. Shasta

Daniel Heimpel | Posted 04.04.2016 | Impact
Daniel Heimpel

On Father's Day weekend, I will once again don my climbing boots, grab the ice axe and head up the snowy flanks of 14,000-foot Mt. Shasta in far North...

The Journalism for Social Change MOOC Is Back

Daniel Heimpel | Posted 01.07.2017 | Impact
Daniel Heimpel

With the help of edX, a platform for Massive Open Online Classes, or MOOCs, we were able to teach thousands of students from around the globe how to produce solution-based journalism that drives social change.

Foster Youth Questival 2015

Daniel Heimpel | Posted 06.25.2016 | Impact
Daniel Heimpel

After four years, and taking dozens of novice climbers up Mt. Shasta, I know that I have helped to impart a little beauty into those lives. And to know that beauty, calm and sense of accomplishment lives on without me makes it all worth it.

Angel Enters Foster Care Through Probation's Door

Daniel Heimpel | Posted 06.20.2015 | Impact
Daniel Heimpel

In the foster care system, it has long been recognized that to cut all aid at age 18 was to invite poor outcomes with disproportionately high numbers of foster youth experiencing homelessness, incarceration and diminished educational opportunity.

White House Bound

Daniel Heimpel | Posted 02.28.2015 | Impact
Daniel Heimpel

Up on stage at the Reagan Building, poised in her white dress, Amnoni described her experience, and told the crowd that she had applied for an internship at the White House. Whoops and applause rose from the hundred or more tables tightly spaced across the floor.

Preventive Analytics and Child Protection

Daniel Heimpel | Posted 12.30.2014 | Impact
Daniel Heimpel

Sheffield's first reaction was "devastation, disappointment, depression, tragedy: any and everything that could be negative." Even if she didn't fully realize it as a pregnant teen in 2004, the prospects for her baby girl were less than optimal.

Foster Mother's Day

Daniel Heimpel | Posted 07.13.2013 | Impact
Daniel Heimpel

At 28 years old each, Eric and Mindy Shamp are already well on their way to building a big loving family. In the past year-and-a-half, they have welcomed 11 children into their home.

The Power of Foster Care Politics

Daniel Heimpel | Posted 08.08.2012 | Politics
Daniel Heimpel

While the nation bemoans a "gridlocked" Congress and Comedy Central's Messrs. Stewart and Colbert aptly ridicule both presidential candidates for a disregard of specificity on one hand and hubris on the other, I have borne witness to a very different vision of our elected leadership.

Demanding A Better Education For Children In Foster Care

Daniel Heimpel | Posted 08.14.2011 | Education
Daniel Heimpel

The education of children in foster care is one step in a long, needed march towards a future where we put all children first.

On the Road to Educational Equality

Daniel Heimpel | Posted 07.24.2011 | Education
Daniel Heimpel

Town Hall at Harvard Law School highlights the intersection of foster care and education.

Fighting To Give Foster Children The Support They Deserve

Daniel Heimpel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Daniel Heimpel

The chain of responsibility for children in the foster care system culminates with us, and by virtue of our Democratic process, those who represent us.

The Future of Foster Care: Are We Too Cheap to Keep Children Safe?

Daniel Heimpel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Daniel Heimpel

If making children safe truly requires changing the overarching ideology, then juvenile judges, social workers, children's rights attorneys and social scientists cannot do it alone.

Responsibility Lost

Daniel Heimpel | Posted 02.12.2014 | Los Angeles
Daniel Heimpel

Los Angeles Times' reckless coverage of child deaths threatens the very children we trust it intends to protect.

From Country Music to Media: Young Superstars Give Foster Youth Power

Christine James-Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Christine James-Brown

Over the years, I met those who have found that "greatness" within and used it to change lives, including country music sensation Jimmy Wayne and award-winning journalist Daniel Heimpel.

Shining A Light On The U.S. Foster Care System (VIDEO)

C-SPAN | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

Huffington Post blogger Daniel Heimpel, founder and project director of Fostering Media Connections, was interviewed on "C-SPAN's Washington Journal" ...

Protecting Foster Care Children: The Power Of The Powerless

Daniel Heimpel | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Daniel Heimpel

The story of Suahmirs Rivera is one of powerlessness turned inner strength. A strength he's now using to defend 1,400 former foster youth who fear being cast into the street because of one of budget cuts.

Of Bricks And Boomerangs: Social Worker's Tuitions And California's Prisons

Daniel Heimpel | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Daniel Heimpel

To save money the UC System was about to raise undergraduate tuition by 32 percent, in addition to hiking fees for professional degrees.

Invest In Child Care, Invest In The Future

Daniel Heimpel | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Daniel Heimpel

Shortsighted budgeting has befallen most public entitlements, including foster care. This despite years of research that has consistently shown that investing in children is met with positive returns.