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Youth Development

4 Lessons to Effectively Engage Youth

Daniel Horgan | Posted 03.10.2015 | 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.

Youth Sports Specialization Defies Logic

Ken Reed | Posted 12.31.2014 | Sports
Ken Reed

The growing trend of having our young athletes specialize in a single sport -- some as early as 9 years old -- flies in the face of scientific research and expert testimony.

It's About Making an Impact

Global Kids | Posted 12.23.2014 | Impact
Global Kids

Money is important, but ultimately, it's about making an impact and personal fulfillment. For me, that comes from other people being fulfilled and feeling empowered.

Knowing There's Nothing Wrong With Being Smart and Engaged

Global Kids | Posted 12.15.2014 | Impact
Global Kids

Omar Khedr, photo courtesy of Julie Hassett-Sutton/Frantic Studio via Global Kids I got to experience Global Kids in 10th grade through my high scho...

How I Stayed in College and Followed My Dreams

Global Kids | Posted 12.02.2014 | Impact
Global Kids

Sabienne Brutus, photo courtesy of Julie Hassett-Sutton/Frantic Studio via Global Kids As a freshman in high school, I was placed in the High School...

Finding My Voice and Creating Poetry From Tragedy

Global Kids | Posted 11.11.2014 | Impact
Global Kids

Before Global Kids, I had a fear about what would happen if I opened my mouth. Would I get myself in trouble? Would I get my family in trouble? Global Kids taught us that what we have to say is important and that it can contribute to the discussions at hand.

A Transformational Trip and a New Global View

Global Kids | Posted 10.26.2014 | Impact
Global Kids

Raiyan Syed, photo courtesy of Julie Hassett-Sutton/Frantic Studio via Global Kids Most of the students at my high school would come to school and i...

Seeing the World Through a New Lens and Becoming a Leader

Global Kids | Posted 10.15.2014 | Impact
Global Kids

A lot of young people don't know how to get what they need in terms of questioning power and authority, asking for change to happen and being at the table. Global Kids always invited us, and now I don't think about not being there. I'll be there.

The Importance of Being Bold

Evie Hantzopoulos | Posted 09.28.2014 | Education
Evie Hantzopoulos

The question on everyone's lips was "How did you get Michelle Obama to visit your program?" The answer is simple: one of our students asked.

Helping Youth Be Bold

Global Kids | Posted 09.15.2014 | Impact
Global Kids

Ranti Ogunleye, photo courtesy of Julie Hassett-Sutton/Frantic Studio via Global Kids In 1996 I was a freshman in high school on the North Shore of ...

Putting the Community Into Community Engagement

Karen Pittman | Posted 09.08.2014 | Impact
Karen Pittman

Those of us pushing for community change know that community members are the engine of systemic changes in the attitudes, norms and behaviors that are necessary for big systems reform. So why is it so hard to engage the community?

Never Giving Up and Graduating From High School

Global Kids | Posted 08.24.2014 | Impact
Global Kids

John Connors, photo courtesy of Julie Hassett-Sutton/Frantic Studio via Global Kids I went to a large, overcrowded high school in Queens. My freshma...

An Engineering Student Working to Improve His Community

Global Kids | Posted 07.20.2014 | Impact
Global Kids

Global Kids stresses the importance of participation and coming up with action plans, that is, not only just talking about an issue, but actually getting active in the community.

Global Kids Changed My Life

Global Kids | Posted 06.29.2014 | Impact
Global Kids

They would take what we were learning and make it interactive. I was sold. I was sold on the fact that even though we were talking about complex issues, it was fun, it was interesting.