"Every day on my way to and from school, I'd see the same homeless man with shoes that were completely falling apart," says Mimi. "I wanted to do something to help people like him."
As the day progressed, runners, walkers, and volunteers flocked to the registration area where I was working. It became organized chaos. Before long, the entire park was filled with bright yellow and orange shirts emblazoned with the YAI logo.
I have never done anything like this in my life. On a whim, I decided to defer my MD/PhD program to volunteer in Bolivia. I was hoping to make at least a small difference in someone's life.
Eric and Tobe spend most of their efforts with urban, underprivileged demographics. The pair have seen behavioral trends and have stepped up to the challenge in reaching them.
I've been wondering lately if our traditional model of launching one's career - going directly from college into the workforce, maybe hitting grad school along the way - is the best approach out there.
You will likely, over the course of your career, change jobs. Your family and friends? They're with you for the duration. Don't take them for granted.
I'm back in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco for the second term of the America's Unofficial Ambassadors (AUA) summer program here, helping a new team of volunteers get started in their service roles.
For 67 years the late Mr. Nelson Mandela devoted his life to the service of humanity -- as a human rights lawyer, a prisoner of conscience, an international peacemaker, and the first democratically elected president of a free South Africa, my homeland.
Are our children really so desperate for food that they cannot go even an hour without the promise of a treat?
Public service needs to be a fundamental aspect of American life. To achieve this, a norm of at least a year of public service should be standardized.
Day by day they are working to shed light on the issues and problems they see, and they are paving the way for families to heal and re-start their lives. Let's not be blinded by the maze of blame.
We arrive on this planet empty handed, We will all soon leave empty handed. So then, how and in what spirit do we want to spend the time in between?...
This summer is a perfect time to start building a caring community in your neighborhood for parents and kids alike.
Today, the high school graduation rate in the United States is 81 percent, the highest ever recorded, and thanks in large part to people from all walks of life -- people just like you -- who are coming together to tackle the source, not just the symptoms, of core community challenges.
I don't define myself solely by my job. For me, it's just as important to use my time outside of work in ways that are fulfilling. In my spare time, I volunteer with the YAI Network.
Overused, misunderstood and mildly condescending, this phrase turns the idea of helping each other into a way to celebrate one's superiority for acting like the basic, decent human beings we're supposed to be.