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Youth Engagement

A Diploma, a Degree, and a Job Offer from IBM: One P-TECH Student's Experience

America's Promise Alliance | Posted 05.18.2016 | Education
America's Promise Alliance

By: Janiel Richards I was born in Trinidad and began my life in America at the age of two. Like many families, my parents came to New York seeking...

How My Urban Alliance Mentor Helped Me Succeed

America's Promise Alliance | Posted 04.12.2016 | Education
America's Promise Alliance

By Tray McGhaney I first joined Urban Alliance, a program that places high school students with paid internships, my junior year in high school. For...

Implementation of SDGs through Innovation and Collaboration

The Youth Assembly at the United Nations | Posted 04.04.2016 | Impact
The Youth Assembly at the United Nations

By Linda DePaolis With recent political circumstance and the upcoming presidential election, the issue of women's rights has been on the forefront n...

Empowering the Next Generation of Environmentalists - One Teen at a Time

Mark Tercek | Posted 04.29.2016 | Green
Mark Tercek

A LEAF intern looks for reptiles at a California nature preserve as part of a wildlife monitoring project that provided real-world conservation experi...

What Did You Do Today to Support Young People?

The Youth Assembly at the United Nations | Posted 02.15.2016 | Impact
The Youth Assembly at the United Nations

In just a few days, the main halls of the United Nations headquarters will be filled with the lovely faces and vibrant energies of young people from all over the world, who will take part in the 2016 Winter Youth Assembly

Failure is Not a Person: How A Mentor Can Change a Life

America's Promise Alliance | Posted 05.04.2016 | Education
America's Promise Alliance

Throughout my life, growing up in the 8th ward of Washington, D.C., a lot of events could have broken me--coping with drug use in my home and losing my mother, who was my strongest supporter, at the age of 14.

African Youth, The Solution To Africa's Challenges

Mmanti Umoh | Posted 02.07.2016 | World
Mmanti Umoh

To meet Africa's challenges head on we need a generation of ground-breaking and adaptable young people to create their future.

Young Jains Share Insights from Parliament of the World's Religions

Nikhil Bumb | Posted 01.13.2016 | Religion
Nikhil Bumb

The challenge for any minority faith is the ability to participate on both levels - creating awareness of one's faith and energizing members in the values of the faith to, in turn, express those values through projects which can benefit the world around them.

Investing in the Transformative Power of a Mobile Generation

Ariel Smilowitz | Posted 07.31.2015 | Impact
Ariel Smilowitz

It is crucial that we communicate, engage, and empower youth through a medium they not only understand, but also have almost universal access to, so that they can truly transform their own lives and the lives of those around them.

In Post-Civil Rights America Do We Know How to Organize?

Junius Williams | Posted 06.06.2015 | Black Voices
Junius Williams

In Selma Alabama, at the 50th year anniversary of Bloody Sunday, people from all over the world gathered at the Edmund Pettus Bridge for a symbolic march to the other side. But there were no leaders to lead, no plan to make it over and back. Where were the traditional leaders?

To Overcome Poor Schools, Students Need to Be Engaged

Karen Pittman | Posted 02.07.2015 | Education
Karen Pittman

Engagement is one of the most powerful determinants of success for people of any age. It has been an ingredient that has helped the academically weaker students in strong high schools graduate on time; yet its absence allowed the stronger students to fall behind.

Then and Now: Comparing Today's Student Activism With the 1960s

Rob Rosenthal | Posted 10.27.2014 | College
Rob Rosenthal

For some time it has been fashionable to trash Millennials for a lack of engagement with the world. Compared to the spirit and intention of activists of the 1960s, are today's students and youth truly disengaged?

So You Want to Start An English-Language News Site?

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 08.25.2014 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Friends and acquaintances across the Middle East/North Africa region often ask for advice on matters related to journalism, media in general, ethics, and how to prepare young people for this very exciting and ever-changing field.

Unlocking the Benefits of Open Data

Ariel Smilowitz | Posted 04.27.2014 | Technology
Ariel Smilowitz

As a generation that has grown up working with computers and regularly connecting online with people around the world, young people in particular have the potential to provide a unique contribution within this space.

The New Face of Democracy: Nation-Wide Youth Congress to Take Place in Burma

Akshan deAlwis | Posted 03.16.2014 | Impact
Akshan deAlwis

It is a new generation of Burma's youth who can own democracy and claim it as their own.

Why Africa's Y! Generation Has Refused to Give Up

Chude Jideonwo | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices
Chude Jideonwo

Indeed, as 'Africa rising' becomes a cliché, it can obscure a certain reality - that might be changing ahead of us, but in our midst and to paraphrase a popular US election gaffe, the fundamentals of our despair remain strong.

Making Change in a Snap: Social Action Digitized

Noah Fitzgerel | Posted 09.07.2013 | Impact
Noah Fitzgerel

While many websites have enabled charities and foundations to accrue vast amounts of money, Changesnap is predicated on the notion that time is often just as important as dollars to social change.

World Bank Employing Youth Engagement Strategies

Ravi Kumar | Posted 08.10.2013 | Impact
Ravi Kumar

Students in a technical education program supported by the World Bank in Antioquia, Colombia. Last week I spoke at YouthTalks, the annual flagship e...

Why YOUth Matter

Toan Lam | Posted 07.06.2013 | Impact
Toan Lam

Before I was invited to develop curriculum at the Academy of Art's (AAU) Multimedia Department and the University of San Francisco, I too believed that many young folks were apathetic, entitled and not in touch with reality. Boy, was I wrong.

Shared Prosperity Needs More Face to Face Engagement, Not Just Online

Mehrunisa Qayyum | Posted 06.26.2013 | World
Mehrunisa Qayyum

I am not saying that they do not exist, but one may wonder why the UAE, Palestine, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Algeria, and Jordan did not have civil society organization representatives participating.

One Death Is Too Many: Why We Need Gun Violence Prevention Reforms

Jamira Burley | Posted 04.29.2013 | Crime
Jamira Burley

Eight years ago, in 2005, I was just a normal high school student. I faced my share of adversity, but nothing I thought I couldn't handle -- even afte...

Jacob Revers - Undecided Vote - Confessions of a Teenage Political Canvasser

Alan W. Silberberg | Posted 01.05.2013 | Politics
Alan W. Silberberg

What follows below is a guest post by a 17-year-old high school student who has been actively canvassing and doing precinct walking in his neighborhoo...

Young Diplomacy

Alex Wirth | Posted 12.06.2014 | World
Alex Wirth

On a rainy morning in Moscow this May, I sat at a table listening to Russia's best students articulate, in perfect English, their concerns with the United States' anti-ballistic missile system and explain their hope for the future of Russia.

The State Department and USAID Get It

Alex Wirth | Posted 11.28.2011 | Education
Alex Wirth

This weekend I was in New York for a State Department Panel entitled, "Youth Driving Change: Global Youth and Civic Engagement." The event itself was just as amazing as the story behind it -- one that is still developing.

The Two Sides of Youth Engagement

Alex Wirth | Posted 07.19.2011 | Education
Alex Wirth

It is time for our community leaders to understand that youth must be engaged, and it must be done correctly.