Our resilience to tragedy is never realized until we are faced with it. When the reflection of what we know or how it is becomes distorted, we try to find some type of understanding, but the reality is that we can become paralyzed in fear, express anger and outrage as never seen before.
The children never lack in enthusiasm when they nestle up with a volunteer to listen to a story, just for them. When they arrive, they are overflowing with anticipation for what's going to happen, and when they leave they are filled with an extraordinary amount of joy and love.
Humanity is everywhere, if and when we choose to see it. Here are a few ways to get your hands dirty and restore your faith in humankind, because often we need to see it to "be" it.
A professor of social work advised me not just to try to do good, but to use some skill I had to do good. The skill I decided that I had was that I spoke English. So I decided to start a language teaching program for incoming children families who could not speak English.
The just-concluded Blue Ocean Festival and Conservation Summit aims to correct that imbalance. Blue offers a rare chance to see a range of long and short films exclusively focused on marine protection.
Much has been said about Generation Z-- today's tweens and teens -- and our endless selfies on Twitter, 6-second Vines and Snapchats. Though many demographers say this is the generation that will help bring better futures through our civic-mindedness, it's still common to hear that apathy among young people is creating a generation of passive bystanders.
Thousands, if not tens of thousands, of people who decided to have themselves tested, practice safe sex and testify to others so they may follow their example, had a lot to do with that change -- given stigma and discrimination of PLHV, this was a very brave thing to do, and often these volunteers are not celebrated and their story is not well told.
Whatever your understanding of the definition is, the stereotypical soccer mom lives up to her name as a woman who always has her shit together. She is hot with a body to match, she can juggle multiple children and equipment with ease.
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I was at a conference recently where a young leader declared, "Pass the baton to us, or we're going to take it." After this comment, much of the room erupted defensively. But one of the more senior activists stood up in the back. She pleaded, "We want to pass the baton, but you need to teach us how."
The most prevalent concentration of individuals living with HIV in the world is in South Africa, according to the Current HIV/AIDS Reports. These reports state that, of all the people worldwide who have HIV, almost one fifth of them, or 6.4 million, live in South Africa.
I marvel at how many different ways there are to become "famous" these days...reality TV (hello, Kardashians!), YouTube, and so forth and yet how hard it can be to be recognized for substantive and positive, world-changing accomplishments.
On less than $5 a day, former London broker turned author and philanthropist, Leon Logothetis, traveled across America with the help of some extraordinarily kind strangers who supported him and even took him into their homes.
Over 120 people gathered around the bonfire at Tamerlaine Farm Animal Sanctuary in New Jersey to listen to the story of how two chickens, named Uri ...
I'm not making excuses for them, and I'm not advocating emptying the prison system. My message here is one of understanding and empathy and second chances.
You don't need to spend 15 hours a week or hundreds of dollars donating to charity to enact change. Just giving what you can, even if that is just an hour of time, can matter to someone and that is the most important thing you can do.