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Why Age? An Ageless Lament

Paul Ratner | Posted 10.02.2015 | Fifty
Paul Ratner

Yep, this is me. I'm now made of lumps, unsightly hairs, and aches in places I didn't know existed. My body used to always be there for me, ready to go, like a loyal servant. I put it through thick and thin, made it work.

The Pope's Call Across the Generations

Donna M. Butts | Posted 10.02.2015 | Fifty
Donna M. Butts

The Pope has left the building. He inspired hope. Now it's our turn to respond by acting on that hope.

#UN70: My Stroll with Noella Richard, UNDP Youth Policy Specialist

Ebenezar Wikina | Posted 10.02.2015 | World
Ebenezar Wikina

Noëlla Richard leads UNDP's global work on Youth in the Bureau for Policy and Programme Support in New York, in charge of the coordination of UNDP's work on Youth, and the co-chair of the United Nations Inter-Agency Network on Youth Development for 2015-2016.

From Trauma to Redemption: How My Teachers Helped Me Survive My Life

America's Promise Alliance | Posted 10.01.2015 | Education
America's Promise Alliance

When my guidance counselor tried to prevent me from applying to the colleges of my dreams, Dr. Ferrer was the first person to walk with me down to her office. He demanded that I apply to whatever college I wanted, he said, because I was just as capable as my peers.

The Future We Need: A Reflection on the Sustainable Development Goals

Hung Vo | Posted 10.01.2015 | Green
Hung Vo

The tardiness of the SDGs should stimulate increased urgency for accelerated commitments and investments towards the attainment of these goals, and in the meantime makes me contemplate on a criticism I hear quite often about the UN being "all talk".

She Kissed Me!

Terri Flamer | Posted 10.01.2015 | Gay Voices
Terri Flamer

In the tenth grade, I met Sarah. In a matter of weeks we became best friends. We met every day in the public library to study. We talked on the phone for hours every night. One night while we were talking, I told Sarah that I loved her.

Azealia Banks Is the Donald Trump of Rap

Domenick Scudera | Posted 09.29.2015 | Gay Voices
Domenick Scudera

Ms. Banks thinks that she is somehow advancing the cause for women of color and bisexual women, so I wanted to be as kind and respectful as possible. But it is difficult to maintain positive thoughts toward someone so mean-spirited.

Kerry Washington Gives Empowering Message To LGBT Youth

The Huffington Post | Aaron Barksdale | Posted 09.29.2015 | Gay Voices

Actress Kerry Washington dropped in for AOL Build last week to discuss a number of topics, including winning GLAAD's Vanguard Award earlier ...

Mentoring Is Desparately Needed in the Black Community

Matt Drayton | Posted 09.28.2015 | Black Voices
Matt Drayton

Having served as Executive Director of a nonprofit that provides mentoring services to minority boys, and having been a mentor to three African American boys, I believe mentoring is needed in the African American community now more than ever before.

Youth Summit is 'Overwhelming Indicator' of Bright Futures

Brooklyn Decker | Posted 09.25.2015 | Impact
Brooklyn Decker

One hundred and twenty young leaders from around the globe traveled to Los Angeles to take part in GenUin, a week-long summit to brainstorm, conceptualize, and present viable solutions to unify and improve lives.

What Youths Could Teach World Leaders on Development Targets

Bjørn Lomborg | Posted 09.25.2015 | World
Bjørn Lomborg

At the United Nations in New York today, world leaders are gathering to finalize the Global Goals -- the targets that will replace the Millennium Development Goals and shape trillions of dollars of spending over the next 15 years. There is much high-minded rhetoric here at the United Nations that development is all about people.

Instilling Hope and Empowering Youth in Ferguson Through Chess

Maurice Ashley | Posted 09.25.2015 | Black Voices
Maurice Ashley

In these times, many of us are asking how we can support our communities and where we can find sources of positive change. Let me offer an unusual but effective way to bring hope and opportunity to our underserved communities: Chess.

Daily Meditation: Wisdom And Youth

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 09.24.2015 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these Daily Meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

My Friends Are Drowning

Abi Fedorovsky | Posted 09.23.2015 | Impact
Abi Fedorovsky

On our last week we drove past the sea. There were currents and waves and people standing on the edge, waist deep in water. Then I found out that I had been that way before, but hadn't recognized it because it wasn't actually the sea. It was fields and land and this was a flood.

The Circle Will Continue to Get Smaller...

Jamie Scanlon | Posted 09.23.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Jamie Scanlon

But the value of those who remain within that circle will only increase. What am I talking about? Your relationships with friends, family, and anyone ...

Growing Up With an Incarcerated Parent, Learning How to Forgive

Yasmine Arrington | Posted 09.22.2015 | Impact
Yasmine Arrington

When I was growing up, from infancy to my teenage years, my father was in and out of prison and therefore not a consistent presence in my life. I understand and have witnessed the emotional, mental, and financial strain that having an incarcerated parent has on a child and the family unit.

It's a Very Personal Fight

Shana Thornton | Posted 09.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Shana Thornton

"It's as personal as it can get. There are good days and bad ones, but it's a very personal fight worth staying in the long run for. He's my grandson...

A Highway Into Poverty, But Barely a Sidewalk Out

Jade Greear | Posted 09.21.2015 | Teen
Jade Greear

Walk down the hallway of your school. Statistically, one out of every five students you walk by is living in poverty. And if you think you're exempt from this exercise, think again.

When Adults Don't Quit on Youth, Youth Won't Quit on Themselves

America's Promise Alliance | Posted 09.21.2015 | Education
America's Promise Alliance

Seeing what happened to him, and to so many others, taught me a tough lesson: Without the presence of caring adults and support systems, students often leave the public school system feeling unwanted and rejected.

Malawi Chief Annuls 330 Child Marriages

UN Women | Posted 09.21.2015 | Impact
UN Women

In June 2015, Senior Chief Inkosi Kachindamoto annulled 330 customary marriages - of which 175 were girl wives and 155 were boy fathers - in Dedza district, in the Central Region of Malawi. The objective was to encourage these youth to return to school, and continue a healthy childhood.

L. Londell McMillan Talks SOURCE360

Tracey Y. Smith | Posted 09.18.2015 | Black Voices
Tracey Y. Smith

L. LONDELL MCMILLAN is well known as an entertainment lawyer who has represented Prince, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, Usher, Kanye West and many others. McMillan is also a noted community activist and publisher of The Source and Jones magazines.

From Tanzania to Texas: Empowering Youth on World Contraception Day

Pamela Barnes | Posted 09.18.2015 | Impact
Pamela Barnes

Fear of talking about sex can translate into shame at any age, but particularly during the formative years, when young people are just starting to learn about themselves and their bodies.

Don't Let Your Age Define You!

Gabrielle Flank | Posted 09.15.2015 | Business
Gabrielle Flank

Why wait until someday to follow your dreams? Today is a great day to start living your life and following your passions.

Unrealistic Ideals of Gender and Youth: What Can Be Done?

Carol Morgan | Posted 09.14.2015 | Women
Carol Morgan

I wish I had a magic wand and could just say "poof" and have everyone love themselves. But obviously, I don't. All I can really do is encourage you all to stop being so hard on yourself. Love yourself! We are all beautiful in our own way. You just have to believe it!

What Happens When a Crack House Becomes an Early Childhood Learning Center?

Martin J. Blank | Posted 09.13.2015 | Education
Martin J. Blank

Oyler has become a beacon of what is possible when the community, city leaders, families, educators and partners work together.