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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 07.23.2015 | 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 06.18.2015 | 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 06.12.2015 | 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 05.20.2015 | 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...

An Untold Story: Learning to Fail Forward

Mary McVeigh | Posted 03.16.2015 | Impact
Mary McVeigh

A herd of goats lazily wandered through, and the fact that the town's water had gone out coupled with the blazing heat made us wonder who would come. Cora would be one of them.

Kobe Right About Ego-and-Greed-Driven AAU Basketball

Ken Reed | Posted 03.11.2015 | Sports
Ken Reed

The Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant recently came out ripping AAU basketball while saying young players in Europe are much better prepared than their United States counterparts. 'AAU basketball,' answered Bryant when asked what's wrong with basketball in the United States.

I Learned Things I Wanted to Teach Others

Global Kids | Posted 02.16.2015 | Impact
Global Kids

Tung Cheng, photo courtesy of Julie Hassett-Sutton/Frantic Studio via Global Kids In high school, I wasn't into anything outside of family. I would ...

Global Kids: You Guys Do Matter

Global Kids | Posted 02.09.2015 | Impact
Global Kids

Melissa Williams, photo courtesy of Julie Hassett-Sutton/Frantic Studio via Global Kids Neither of my parents got to go to school in a traditional s...

Empowering Youth and Creating Change

Global Kids | Posted 02.03.2015 | Impact
Global Kids

Dave Lyons, photo courtesy of Julie Hassett-Sutton/Frantic via Global Kids I started attending Global Kids meetings when I was 12. They took me in ...

To Those Who Weren't Chosen to be a CNN Hero This Year

Blair Forlaw | Posted 01.31.2015 | Impact
Blair Forlaw

If you weren't selected to be a CNN Hero this year, I feel your pain. There's a downside to all the big-media fanfare celebrating amazing people who have accomplished extraordinary things. It can make the rest of us, despite our good hearts and generous intentions, feel ineffective and just so, well, ordinary.

Protecting and Serving Our Future: A Human Rights Movement

Stephen Powell | Posted 01.26.2015 | Black Voices
Stephen Powell

"They don't respect my existence" was the feedback received from a mentee during a Bronx male Mentoring USA program session designed to process the pending Ferguson verdict and community policing in NYC.

Building Something Great

Global Kids | Posted 01.19.2015 | Impact
Global Kids

Keri Arokium, photo courtesy of Julie Hassett-Sutton/Frantic Studio via Global Kids I learned about Global Kids in 9th grade in 1991. It was a diffi...

At Global Kids, Everyone is Welcome and Everyone Participates

Global Kids | Posted 01.13.2015 | Impact
Global Kids

Fahim Farazi, photo courtesy of Julie Hassett-Sutton/Frantic Studio via Global Kids I went to a zoned school near where I lived. They only cared abo...

Being Part of the Global Discussion

Global Kids | Posted 01.05.2015 | Impact
Global Kids

At Global Kids, the kids didn't judge where you grew up and didn't judge where you were from. They saw a bright future ahead of them, and all of them, in their own way, felt that they could shape it.