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Youth Activism

Be a Somebody

Ari Nessel | Posted 03.01.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

The environmental issues that we face as a global community are seemingly insurmountable, and the statistics about the impact and pace of climate change are alarming. However, people like Amira, Truth, Ronnie and Tyshane are somebodies who are doing something.

Faces From Ferguson: Ashley 'Brown Blaze' Yates

Maytha Alhassen | Posted 02.25.2015 | Black Voices
Maytha Alhassen

In the basement of St. Louis' Saint John's United Church of Christ at the end of the Labor Day weekend, Yates recounted almost a month's worth of harrowing encounters with a militarized police force to a room of Black Lives Matter freedom riders. She woefully explained that as the days bled into one another, she began "marking days by police tactics."

A Love That's Louder Than Rage: The Beautiful Revolution

Jacob Devaney | Posted 02.03.2015 | Good News
Jacob Devaney

I recently had the pleasure of talking with Ta'Kaiya about the video while delving into the changing face of social engagement that is bringing healing for our communities and the environment.

Help Activists After Their Release from Detention! An Initiative of Yemeni Journalist Feras Shamsan

Elham Manea | Posted 02.03.2015 | World
Elham Manea

He was left without justice. All his demands for an apology and an acknowledgment that he was detained unjustly were left without answer. And no one seems to notice his blight. No one seems to understand his psychological wounds, not to mention the physical ones.

We Are the Ones We've Been Waiting For: This Week In Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 02.16.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Every day for the past two years, The Pollination Project has made seed grants to up and coming social change leaders around the world. We are happy...

The Top 6 Qualities to Unleash a Great Leader in You

Umesh Mukhi | Posted 11.17.2014 | Business
Umesh Mukhi

In my career of international youth affairs, I have met many leaders and change makers who have accomplished something commendable in their lives and ...

Love, Learning and Light: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 12.31.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Every day, along with 40 other daily givers, I have the privilege of making seed grants to up and coming social change leaders around the world. Our t...

Spiritual Resources for Activists

Adam Bucko | Posted 11.20.2014 | Religion
Adam Bucko

Inspired by the original impulse of Occupy, I began gathering people for contemplative prayer and dialogues to cultivate wisdom resources for those of us who have quietly been working on building alternative structures for a new world.

Hope, Voting and Creating the World You Want to Live In

Paul Loeb | Posted 11.16.2014 | Politics
Paul Loeb

We live in a contradictory world. Dispiriting events coincide with progress for human dignity. Bombs fall on children. The gay rights movement makes unimaginable gains. But when change occurs, it's because people find ways to act even in demoralizing times or when all the doors seem closed, and open up new possibilities by doing so.

Be My Hero

Tim McDonald | Posted 10.25.2014 | Impact
Tim McDonald

Inspiration comes from many places. To me, there is perhaps no greater source of inspiration than the youth of the world. Being involved with No Kid Hungry brings me in contact with many who feel the same way.

Finding My Voice (and Using It) to End Sexual Violence

Erin McKelle | Posted 10.24.2014 | Impact
Erin McKelle

As much as people may want to deny it, young people are driving the sexual assault prevention and feminist movements forward. They are the catalysts.

Sam Levine

Immigration Activists To GOP: You're Dead To Us

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Levine | Posted 07.21.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Dressed in black and carrying a mock coffin, a coalition of immigration activists paraded through the halls of the Dirksen and Hart Sena...

How to Make the Most of College as an Activist

Erin McKelle | Posted 09.15.2014 | College
Erin McKelle

When you're going into college (whether you're a freshman, senior, or somewhere in between) as someone who is, or aspires to be, an activist, the amount of preparation involved can seem overwhelming or even impossible to navigate. Believe me, I've been there.

I'm Embracing My 'Young' Age (And You Should, Too)

Rebekah Bolser | Posted 09.09.2014 | Teen
Rebekah Bolser

The worst thing that we, as young people, can do is to accept things the way they are because of our age. Young people have been on the forefront of every major social movement in history. We are passionate, motivated and we refuse to accept the world the way it is.

To Those Who Are Meant to Go Against the World (My Fake Commencement Speech)

Claire Topalian | Posted 08.31.2014 | College
Claire Topalian

Though I have not lived long, nor have I done anything noteworthy enough to warrant an actual commencement speech, I accepted the challenge and forced myself to focus on one central message that I would, at this stage of my life, deliver to an [un]willing audience.

Look for the Helpers: Fostering Activism in Our Youth Is Simpler Than You Think

Lysa Heslov | Posted 06.29.2014 | Education
Lysa Heslov

How are we supposed to effect change? It is very easy to be overwhelmed, but it is also easier than you think to just jump in and give it a go.

Teaching Our Kids to Save the Planet

Dana H. Glazer | Posted 06.29.2014 | Green
Dana H. Glazer

Without frightening them, I believe we need to educate our children about the larger global problems we face, as well as to empower them to do something about it. I want them to understand that even the smallest action can have profound repercussions.

Becoming an Activist Saved My Life After I Was Sexually Assaulted

Erin McKelle | Posted 06.09.2014 | Impact
Erin McKelle

At age 12, I survived incest and a lot of bullying, which led to the development of an eating disorder. My body became my own personal battleground and all I wanted to do was disappear.

Music for Peace

Isha Judd | Posted 06.03.2014 | Impact
Isha Judd

Why are so many of our songs based on loss and unrequited yearning? Is that really what moves our hearts more than joy and pleasure? More than compassion and peace?

No One Man Should Have All That Power - Our Diversity Responsibility

Brandon L. Greene | Posted 05.27.2014 | Black Voices
Brandon L. Greene

Yesterday, I had the great pleasure of speaking with a group of high school kids about power. During the conversation, I asked them how many of them t...

Is Social Activism an Underrated Job Skill?

Lisa Brummel | Posted 05.24.2014 | Impact
Lisa Brummel

Should learning to program a mobile app take precedence over diagramming iambic pentameter in Shakespeare's sonnets?

Radically Peaceful: Humanizing Oakland's Youth

Lila Igram | Posted 05.17.2014 | Impact
Lila Igram

Young men and women all over the world should be in charge of telling their own stories.

I Am Courage. We Are Courage.

Sofia Stafford | Posted 05.11.2014 | College
Sofia Stafford

We have all faced and will face different types of adversity during our lifetime, but we can learn from each other. In honor of International Women's Day, look to the women who have gotten us here and those who have continued on the fight for courage.

When Girls Are Part of the Solution Everyone Benefits

Lauren Hersh | Posted 05.07.2014 | Impact
Lauren Hersh

Our journey began in March 2013 with the creation of Project Impact, an arts-based leadership workshop for teen trafficking survivors. We spent three months working with the 15-18 year-old residents of JCCA's Gateways

Becoming a Global Kid: Stories of Change

Evie Hantzopoulos | Posted 05.05.2014 | Impact
Evie Hantzopoulos

Through a special project documenting the stories and experiences of 25 of our alumni who now range in age from 19 - 43, I am hearing of the profound impact of our collective work at Global Kids over the years.