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Youth Activism

The Campaign For A Presidential Youth Council Wins In Trenton, Moves For U.S. Senate Resolution

H. Caleb Simmons | Posted 08.03.2016 | Politics
H. Caleb Simmons

Both of President Obama's campaigns have inspired record-breaking youth engagement in politics, yet Millennials are still very much inactive when it comes to policymaking, since their networks are usually inadequate for effective lobbying.

How Teenage Girls In Bangladesh Are Working To End Child Marriage

Women & Girls Hub | Jesselyn Cook | Posted 07.08.2016 | World

Adolescent girls in Bangladesh face severe threats to their health: Two-thirds marry by age 18, and a third of girls are mothers before age 20. A nati...

Reflections On 20 Years Of Activating Youth To Change The World

Steven Culbertson | Posted 07.01.2016 | Impact
Steven Culbertson

It's been said all that young people need the same nine things: Purpose, Meaning, Adventure, Community, Power, Respect, Structure, Challenge, and Opportunity.

Engaging Youth Means Listening -- And Acting

Luz Vega-Marquis | Posted 07.01.2016 | Impact
Luz Vega-Marquis

"Youth engagement" is all the rage these days in philanthropic circles -- and for good reason.

Thank You from a Gay Guy

Domenick Scudera | Posted 06.16.2016 | Queer Voices
Domenick Scudera

This week has been rough for those of us in the LGBTQ community. First, the horrific murders in Orlando hit like a ton of bricks on Sunday morning. ...

Black and Brown Students of Achievement First Amistad High School Protest "We are More Than a Demerit System and College Acceptance Rate"

Gwen E. Samuel | Posted 06.03.2016 | Black Voices
Gwen E. Samuel

Yesterday, I visited a beautiful inspirational, fairly new high school in New Haven Connecticut called Amistad, an Achievement First charter school. T...

Are Youth the Problem?

Benjamin Evans III | Posted 04.21.2016 | Miami
Benjamin Evans III

Stories of young people wreaking havoc in our communities have become common place, but are youth to blame?

Is Our Focus on College Sexual Assault Hurting Teen Survivors?

Meghana Jayne Kulkarni | Posted 04.21.2016 | College
Meghana Jayne Kulkarni

Sexual violence is an issue that every community member must feel responsible for -- not just those who enjoy the privilege of higher education. With Title IX as a mechanism to achieve our goals, high school is the next best place to start protecting young survivors.

Passing the Torch: UN Reignites Fight for Gender Equality Through Youth

Katherine J. Wynne | Posted 04.14.2016 | Impact
Katherine J. Wynne

Photo Credit: Katherine J. Wynne In the face of enduring global imparity between the genders, the United Nations' Commission on the Status of Women...

How Young Feminists are Tackling Climate Justice in 2016

Maria Alejandra Rodriguez Acha | Posted 03.07.2016 | Impact
Maria Alejandra Rodriguez Acha

Let's honor the endurance, commitment and courage of all peoples fighting for their health, livelihoods, environment and communities, and standing up against the climate crisis globally. Let's also acknowledge that there is much left to do.

A Letter to John Kasich from the Future (Generation)

Andrew Plotch | Posted 03.02.2016 | Politics
Andrew Plotch

A politician, of any level, should aim to get young people more involved in politics. Yet, here I was, watching my friend laughed at by a sitting governor, and presidential candidate, for studying political science.

On Student Activism

Mark Golub | Posted 02.09.2016 | College
Mark Golub

Our institutions are designed to preserve white privilege, but also to make the ongoing causes of racial inequality seem mysterious. We remain ignorant by design, invested in a mythology of white innocence.

Teaching Kindness and Compassion Key to Saving Planet

Max Guinn | Posted 02.10.2016 | Green
Max Guinn

Two experiences last summer changed the way I look at the world. I spoke on a panel with the Dalai Lama as part of the Global Compassion Summit in hon...

Interview with Nationally Acclaimed Youth Motivator, Comedian and Keynote Speaker Michael Pritchard

Mark C. Miller | Posted 01.26.2016 | Good News
Mark C. Miller

Youth Motivator/Comedian Michael Pritchard Photo courtesy of Michael Pritchard Michael Pritchard began his career on both the comedy stage and as a...

Connecting My Students to COP21 Through Oceans

Kathy Bosiak | Posted 12.11.2015 | Green
Kathy Bosiak

If we begin to educate today's students by engaging them with a good hook, we can move them from the pleasantries of ocean vacations to taking a harder look at the other important components that oceans contribute to life on Earth.

The Black Church Is the Home of Black Activism

Amanda Borquaye | Posted 11.30.2015 | Black Voices
Amanda Borquaye

The black church is so much more than a place of worship. It is a weekly meeting where sorrows and joys are felt and shared. It is a sturdy foundation, bolstering those who choose to stand upon it.

All That Is Good in the World: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 11.18.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Lately, we have been inundated with news of all that is wrong with our world. Sometimes it is hard to maintain a sense of hope and possibility. That i...

Saving Elephants One Kid at a Time

Laurel Neme | Posted 10.16.2016 | Green
Laurel Neme

Children are often told that, when they grow up, they can make an impact on the world around them. Some aren't waiting that long.

Youth Activism Is in the Air at Schools: And All Over the Internet

Randy Paynter | Posted 10.01.2016 | Impact
Randy Paynter

From passionate commitment to temporary hashtag campaigners, childhood activism is a great thing to those of us who ardently believe, contrary to the adage, that children should be seen AND heard. As a father of two and an advocate for many social and environmental causes myself, it's exciting to see the growing number of young activists.

Finally, Something "More Important Than Kim Kardashian's Bottom"

Ayyan Zubair | Posted 09.29.2016 | Politics
Ayyan Zubair

The 2015 Social Good Summit began on Sunday, September 27th. Its purpose: to promote grassroots activism to discuss solutions to the world's greatest problems.

Determined to Succeed: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 09.04.2016 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Every day The Pollination Project provides a seed grant of $1000 to a social change visionary who is making their community and the world a more sust...

Laws vs. Justice: School Rescinds Gay Woman's Job Offer

Dani Tinker | Posted 08.31.2016 | Queer Voices
Dani Tinker

I woke up a few days ago and saw that my high school rescinded a gay woman's job offer. My first thought was, "is that even legal?" It was followed quickly by, 'wow, they just pissed off an army of highly intelligent, passionate folks, poised to fight injustice. You can bet this won't pass quietly.'

The Power of People and Networks

Jessica Lui | Posted 08.21.2016 | Impact
Jessica Lui

These challenges are not a reason to walk away from these ideals, but rather a calling to increase our efforts for the future. We do not have to live in an idealized world to advance ideals that will make it a better place.

The Five Ps of Freedom: My Time as a Youth Delegate at the United Nations

Akshay Ramaswamy | Posted 08.20.2016 | College
Akshay Ramaswamy

Freedom is the foundation of all activism, and as I sat down to talk with British Ambassador Peter Wilson during my time at the UN Youth Assembly, it became clear that this too was at the heart of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

A Partnership for the Next Generation: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 08.08.2016 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Please join me in celebrating these 20 inspiring youth leaders and the seed grants that we were able to give them.