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International Youth Day Calls On Young People To Make A Difference

Donna M. Butts | Posted 10.12.2013 | Impact
Donna M. Butts

Clearly, our nation can benefit by engaging people of all ages in service to America. We need to make it as easy as ABC to make all generations feel valued and to strengthen our communities.

Keeping Youth Connected

Jack Lund | Posted 10.09.2013 | Impact
Jack Lund

There are 350,000 disconnected youths in the New York metro area -- greater than the national average -- whose lives are very different from their peers. These teens and young adults find themselves isolated from society; they're on the outside looking in.

Sprog Blog

Daniel Cespedes and Izzy Weisz | Posted 10.08.2013 | Green
Daniel Cespedes and Izzy Weisz

When I picture an "environmentalist," my mind does not immediately conjure up someone my age, but that's exactly what we found. The oldest person anywhere in the vicinity was 27. Time to partay... wholesome, campfire style.

The Washington Post Buy: Why We Need Jeff Bezos to Save Journalism

Viviana Hurtado | Posted 10.08.2013 | Media
Viviana Hurtado

Mr. Bezos' embrace of invention, his almost neurotic attention to detail, his patience and investment in the long view, give the Washington Post and the industry the best shot at relevancy and survival.

Newtown, Hartford and Across America: Searching for Heroes in The Sweetest Land

Miranda Pacchiana | Posted 10.05.2013 | Impact
Miranda Pacchiana

I would not presume to think that I can understand the experience of urban residents whose cities are under siege from chronic gun violence. But I d...

WATCH: Juvie Kids Stay Out Of Trouble By Training Dogs!

HooplaHa | Posted 10.05.2013 | Good News

Everyone knows that dogs are man's best friend. But they can also be wonderful teachers. The West Michigan Humane Society has created the B.A.R.C. Pr...

'Gun Laws Won't Impact Us Here' In The Line Of Fire, Say Peace Workers: Part 3 Of 4

Suzanne Skees | Posted 10.02.2013 | Chicago
Suzanne Skees

Peacemaking circles, a cornerstone tool of the restorative justice movement, bring together victims and perpetrators, estranged or upset family members -- and on a weekly basis at The Center, members of opposing gangs.

Are Millennials Marrying Younger And Younger?

Sarah Flanagan | Posted 10.02.2013 | Weddings
Sarah Flanagan

Is it just me, or is my peer group suddenly deciding to throw freedom to the wind and tie the knot way sooner than I imagined? Is getting married young like... the new "thing"?

Are You Involved in Self-Centered Christianity? If Not, Then You Should Be!

Rev. Romal J. Tune | Posted 09.30.2013 | Religion
Rev. Romal J. Tune

When we talk to people about our faith and why they should want a relationship with God, we should not only talk about salvation but about how God can meet their self-interest much like Jesus with many of the people He encountered.

Young People Employed At Lowest Levels Since WWII

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 09.29.2013 | Business
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

Originally published on, the premier source for youth generated news throughout the globe. By: Ashley Williams Teen unemployment is ...

Young, Black, Jewish and Profiled

Diane Tobin | Posted 09.29.2013 | Religion
Diane Tobin

The fact that the majority of modern Jewish emigration came from Central and Eastern Europe created the mistaken perception in America that Jews are only white. We feared that Jonah would be forced to choose between his racial and religious identities.

"Gun Laws Won't Impact Us Here" in the Line of Fire, Say Peace Workers: Part 2 of 4

Suzanne Skees | Posted 09.29.2013 | Chicago
Suzanne Skees

A tiny white nun with glasses and grey hair, Donna rolls down her window to wave to everyone she passes on the street, from heavily armed police patrols to clusters of men she knows to be gang members.

Do You Want LGBTQ Youth in the Church?

John Russell Stanger | Posted 09.29.2013 | Religion
John Russell Stanger

After making it through three liturgies, three sermons and three small group sessions where we clumsily danced around the fact that LGBTQ people exist and are in the room, the silence moved beyond awkwardness into marginalization.

Black on Black and White on White Violence: An American Story

Khary Lazarre-White | Posted 07.30.2013 | Politics
Khary Lazarre-White

American's plague of violence is clear -- it strikes all communities -- and people cannot make up their own facts. We don't have only a problem of black violence in America -- we have a problem of male violence -- and thus white male violence and Latino male violence.

Orange County Foster Youth Release Song and Music Video

Adam Steel | Posted 09.29.2013 | Impact
Adam Steel

In 2012, three organizations partnered to give five Orange County foster and homeless youth the opportunity to pursue their musical dreams.

Youth Can Move the World: Just Ask Uncle Kracker

Homa Sabet Tavangar | Posted 09.29.2013 | Impact
Homa Sabet Tavangar

I'm a new fan of Uncle Kracker -- ever since my little cousin, Iman, stars in his latest video, "Blue Skies". I can't separate little Iman from his roots as his father, Faryab Lohrasbi, arrived in America in 1980, as a refugee, when he was just a couple years older than his son is now.

'Gun Laws Won't Impact Us Here' in the Line of Fire, Say Peace Workers: Part 1 of 4

Suzanne Skees | Posted 09.28.2013 | Chicago
Suzanne Skees

"I'm always shocked by how many of our kids say, 'Let me show you my bullet scars.' One boy in our program still has a bullet lodged in his abdomen. It's not really about being cool, like other teenagers with their tattoos: It's more like, this is who I am."

All Braun and No Brains

Richard-John Mensing, Jr. | Posted 09.25.2013 | Sports
Richard-John Mensing, Jr.

One can only hope that the next generation does what Ryan Braun and countless others forgot to do -- use their brains.

In Economy Speech, Obama Pushes Policies That Will Help Millennials

Amir Salehzadeh | Posted 09.23.2013 | College
Amir Salehzadeh

Our generation has to grapple with countless challenges and issues from student debt, to climate change, to changes in the workforce. Inaction from our elected leaders simply cannot not be tolerated.

Beyond the Petition: 4 Things You Can Do About Trayvon Now

Erica Williams | Posted 09.23.2013 | Black Voices
Erica Williams

I know and work with dozens of brilliant leaders who are developing a coherent national advocacy strategy and polished, well-produced campaigns to share with the world. But that takes time -- and right now, it doesn't feel like we have any to waste.

How Farms and Gardens Can Cultivate Youth and Communities

The Corps Network | Posted 09.22.2013 | Green
The Corps Network

Every year, more Corps build farms and gardens and develop agricultural programs that expose their youth participants to the discipline of farm work, and also expose the community to the benefits of green spaces and fresh produce.

Standing With Malala on Education (Part 2)

ZP Heller | Posted 09.21.2013 | World
ZP Heller

Malala used her global spotlight to elevate her advocacy, appealing to her "brothers and sisters" -- both in the General Assembly and throughout the world -- to stand up for universal access and gender equality regarding education.

Meeting Goals to End Extreme Poverty Is Possible -- But Only When We Focus on Jobs, Jobs and Jobs

Bill Reese | Posted 09.18.2013 | Impact
Bill Reese

We simply cannot eradicate extreme poverty without embracing broad-based and inclusive economic growth that directly focuses on youth and jobs. Here's why.

How a Rowing Boat Can Calm the Nerves

Amanda Kraus | Posted 09.17.2013 | New York
Amanda Kraus

Put a young person (or not so young person) in a rowing boat and ask them to focus on making it go fast for two hours using their entire bodies; of course they will be tired and calm. Turns out, there is more to the story.

Istanbul's Tahrir Square: Sycamore Trees vs. Shopping Malls

Shahnaz Taplin-Chinoy | Posted 09.17.2013 | Women
Shahnaz Taplin-Chinoy

The arc of the Arab spring was supposed to be different in Turkey based on Prime Minister Erdogan's economic accomplishments, Turkey's new found respe...