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Youth Development

In Baltimore, The Library Is Open

Paul Mincarelli | Posted 07.22.2016 | Education
Paul Mincarelli

Imagine if public schools left their libraries open during the summer for students to continue reading and exploring hands-on educational content. What would happen if media specialists remained on site so that students could check out books and access materials?

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.

Beyond Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: A New Reality for Climate Change Education

Global Kids | Posted 04.22.2016 | Green
Global Kids

Global Kids Leader Digna Rosales testifying before the New York City Council's Education Committee in support of climate education Resolution 0375 on ...

What do young people need to succeed?

Martin J. Blank | Posted 03.29.2016 | Education
Martin J. Blank

This is a guest post by Dr. Helen Janc Malone, Director of Institutional Advancement and National Director, Education Policy Fellowship Program at the...

Inspiring Boys to Help Themselves

Mike Surbaugh | Posted 03.24.2016 | Impact
Mike Surbaugh

A monk. A scoutmaster. A book. And a school, breaking down all the societal barriers that can hold young boys back and empowering them through self-governance, leadership and brotherhood.

The Future Is Now: Celebrating Youth Leadership

Aaron Ableman | Posted 03.23.2016 | Education
Aaron Ableman

When I was 11 years old, my father gave me an opportunity to share my story in one of his books, entitled "On Good Land: The Autobiography Of An Urban...

Why Yesterday Was A Huge Day For Youth Justice

Lisa Pilnik | Posted 01.26.2016 | Politics
Lisa Pilnik

This week's developments are just part of a larger wave of reform in how communities and the justice system view and treat young people, and a growing recognition that some of our past practices and policies were ineffective.

Mentoring: Changing Lives, One Relationship at a Time

Judy Vredenburgh | Posted 01.07.2016 | Impact
Judy Vredenburgh

January is National Mentoring Month, established to highlight and promote the positive difference mentors make in the lives of young people. Quality mentoring relationships are a critical asset for young people, providing them attention, support, and new possibilities.

Why We Must Engage Urban Citizens To Lead To A Better And Cleaner World

John D. Judge | Posted 12.09.2015 | Green
John D. Judge

How can we expect the next generation to value and preserve the outdoors if they are completely disconnected from it? It is critical that the outdoors become a part of the urban lexicon, parks and trails as much a part of daily life as streetlights and sidewalks.

Two Steps Forward, One Step Back: America's Better, But Still Broken, Juvenile Justice System

Lisa Pilnik | Posted 12.03.2015 | Crime
Lisa Pilnik

Every day, it seems, criminal justice reform is in the news, and America finally seems to be taking the mass incarceration crisis seriously. Yet this focus has not extended to the progress made and the problems still faced by young people caught up in the justice system.

Changing Lives: A Conversation with Amy Saxton, CEO of Summer Search

Bobbi Silten | Posted 11.18.2015 | Education
Bobbi Silten

Sometimes the decision to change the lives of others can end up changing your own. I had a chance to ask Amy Saxton, CEO of Summer Search, a nonprofit youth development organization focused on education, about her decision to become a champion for underserved youth.

The Role of Sport in Addressing Youth Violence

Edwin Moses | Posted 11.04.2015 | Impact
Edwin Moses

There are plenty of programs and national initiatives that have proven to be successful in preventing youth from engaging in criminal behavior. However, the U.S. lacks enough programs that reduce recidivism amongst youth.

Lessons Learned from Standardized Testing

Mary McVeigh | Posted 10.28.2015 | Education
Mary McVeigh

Under pressure to show immediate, positive results, there is less time to grow, to improve, or to fail. A race for results puts pressure on programs to measure outcomes too soon, with weak methods, and without funding to invest in trained researchers. That race benefits no one.

The Importance of Retaining Girls in Sports

Edwin Moses | Posted 08.13.2015 | Impact
Edwin Moses

By the age of 14, girls drop out of sports twice as often as boys. Social stigma, lack of access, safety and transportation issues, costs and lack of positive role models can all contribute to the reasons why girls drop out of sports in their adolescent years.

The Soul of a Community: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 08.18.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

This week we funded stories and soul around the world from Kandace Vallejo's Youth Rise Texas project that works with children of incarcerated parents, to Tracie Pouliot's Chair City Oral History project that tells the stories of a working class community in Massachusetts.

Leaderful Communities: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 07.22.2016 | Impact
Ari Nessel

In Kenya, Joan Otpi trains farmers to create fortified, nutrient-rich flour; in Pennsylvania, Janet Chambers launched a mentoring program for high school girls; and in El Salvador, Michelle Leach is giving youth a way to develop a local economy.

Empowering the Next Generation of Changemakers

Vanessa Zuabi | Posted 06.18.2016 | Impact
Vanessa Zuabi

"When I met Nadeen, I saw that one day, she could be the next biggest designer, but she simply had no source of support around her, and it was likely her talent would die without the right tools and resources."

The Need for More Youth Mentors

Edwin Moses | Posted 06.12.2016 | Sports
Edwin Moses

She didn't know how to play playground games and became shy with other kids, refusing to play at recess because she didn't want them to find out why she never learned to play games or sports.

Kanye Makes Record Donation To Chicago-Based Youth Program

The Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 05.28.2015 | Black Voices

After months of raising funds to secure future programming, Chicago arts institution, Donda’s House has reportedly received a record donation from i...

Hiding in Plain Sight: Progress in the Middle East and North Africa

Neil Ghosh | Posted 05.19.2016 | Impact
Neil Ghosh

While significant development challenges remain in the region, progress is being made in a number of key areas by both governments and local communities.

Climate Change Education Is a Necessity

Global Kids | Posted 06.22.2015 | Green
Global Kids

As New York City public school students who live in front-line communities that have experienced the ravages of climate change, we believe it is our right to be educated on the science of climate change.

Are Adult Decisions Harming Kids in Juvenile Justice?

Patrick McCarthy | Posted 06.15.2015 | Impact
Patrick McCarthy

Many, if not most, young people will occasionally go beyond simple mischief and do things that are against the law. Some will cross lines that bring them into contact with law enforcement.

Locking Up Traumatized Girls Is No Way to Help Them

Francine Sherman | Posted 06.02.2015 | Impact
Francine Sherman

Every day our juvenile justice system locks up girls who are victims of sexual violence, and physical and emotional abuse. In fact, we often incarcerate victimized girls in a misguided effort to provide them with services and to "protect" them.

4 Lessons to Effectively Engage Youth

Daniel Horgan | Posted 05.09.2015 | Impact
Daniel Horgan

I remember my first summer volunteering at the age of 12 for my local YMCA summer camp. Being the youngest of three and seeing my older siblings head off to work each day as camp counselors, I was determined to get in on the action and not be left at home alone.

Joseph Erbentraut

When They Lost State Funding, This Chicago Youth Program Decided To Reach Even Higher | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 02.18.2015 | Black Voices

On a Tuesday late last month on Chicago’s South Side, the staff of Donda’s House, a unique artist development program for at-risk youth that was c...