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Hacking High School "Dropout" Challenge with Choice & Voice for New Pathways

GenDIY | Posted 03.04.2016 | Education

Image via Scott Emerick Aristotle said, "The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet." Almost 2500 years later, adults o...

The Case For Not Giving Up On America's Troubled Teens

The Huffington Post | Catherine Taibi | Posted 05.08.2015 | Media

As journalists, we dutifully report on what's going wrong, from scandals and corruption to natural disasters and social problems. But far too often th...

The $5 Trillion Opportunity: Why I'm Joining YouthBuild

David M. Abromowitz | Posted 02.14.2015 | Impact
David M. Abromowitz

Not long ago, in a nondescript building in the Anacostia neighborhood of Washington, D.C., I was able to see a $5 trillion opportunity for America. I saw it in the faces of half a dozen young people whom society had given up on, but who hadn't given up on themselves.

Lessons From My Father: Education Is the Key to Success

Skoll Foundation | Posted 12.28.2014 | Impact
Skoll Foundation

For the 3.7 million low-income young people in America who are not in school or employed, education is crucial for their success. It can break both the social barriers that they have become accustomed to and the cycle of poverty.

Learning Los Angeles: David Flores, Educator, on Rethinking Education

Julia Wasson | Posted 11.02.2014 | Education
Julia Wasson

Here David talks with Learning Los Angeles about how his own life has informed his beliefs about how we need to support educators and students.

School Reform Is Empty Without Love and Support

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 10.28.2014 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

In a recent article in The New York Times, David Kirp wrote in opposition to "business models" being applied to education: Assessments, accountability...

Diplomas and So Much More

Julia Wasson | Posted 08.17.2014 | Education
Julia Wasson

These young men comprise Michelle Miranda's Youth Policy Council at R.U.T.H. YouthBuild. Their courage and determination inspire us.

Don't Call Them Dropouts: Call Them Leaders-in-Waiting

Dorothy Stoneman | Posted 07.28.2014 | Impact
Dorothy Stoneman

Since YouthBuild was authorized as a federal program in 1992, community-based YouthBuild programs in over 270 urban and rural communities in America have welcomed and embraced more than 130,000 young people.

Resilience, Unity, Transformation, Hope: How One School Is Helping Vulnerable Students Succeed

Julia Wasson | Posted 07.13.2014 | Los Angeles
Julia Wasson

"We try to look at our students the same way I look at my son. I care about his education, but I'm also asking about a roof over his head, noticing if his cough lasts longer than two weeks, the look on his face when walks in the door."

Skoll World Forum: The Olympics of Social Entrepreneurs

Jamiel L. Alexander | Posted 06.14.2014 | Impact
Jamiel L. Alexander

Hello Everyone! First thank you Mrs. D and Mr. JB for this amazing opportunity and shout out to the Skoll Foundation for a life enhancing, experience...

Defining Social Entrepreneurism for 35 years (Even Before It Was a Buzzword!)

YouthBuild USA | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
YouthBuild USA

2013-09-23-EntChallenge.jpgThe very name itself, YouthBuild, celebrates what the youth of the world can build -- and quietly over the last 35 years, these social entrepreneurs have built quite a bit.

Show Me the Way and I'll Follow

YouthBuild USA | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
YouthBuild USA

2013-09-23-EntChallenge.jpgAt a moment in my life when nothing was going right, I found YouthBuild and began a journey that has brought me to the place I am right now.

Love: The Core of Leadership, Innovation, and Adaptation

YouthBuild USA | Posted 11.06.2013 | Impact
YouthBuild USA


Through YouthBuild, South Africa is cultivating its next generation of leaders

YouthBuild USA | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
YouthBuild USA


Thanking a Champion of YouthBuild

YouthBuild USA | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
YouthBuild USA

2013-09-23-EntChallenge.jpgThe town hall meeting was filled with important people from New York who were talking, shaking hands and taking pictures.

A Stronger, More Diverse YouthBuild Movement

YouthBuild USA | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
YouthBuild USA

2013-09-23-EntChallenge.jpgEach young person who crosses the threshold of a YouthBuild program pursues a dual mission: create a meaningful and productive life while giving their best energies to improve the world around them.

What YouthBuild Has Learned Over 35 Years

YouthBuild USA | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
YouthBuild USA

2013-09-23-EntChallenge.jpgWe believe young people born into difficult circumstances are an enormous, untapped resource for humanity.

Beyond Input - What Happens When Nonprofits Really Engage The People They Serve?

Willa Seldon | Posted 11.03.2013 | Impact
Willa Seldon

By involving students in tracking their own progress and setting their own goals, Friendship engages students and parents as partners in the design and implementation of the performance management system.

Reflecting on Trayvon: From a Father Who Never Had to Have "The Talk"

David M. Abromowitz | Posted 09.22.2013 | Politics
David M. Abromowitz

Maybe it is time many of us have a different kind of "talk" with our teens -- and with our friends and neighbors. We need to initiate talks about our assumptions, and what we will do to overcome them.

Searching for Superman and Finding Myself

YouthBuild USA | Posted 04.27.2013 | Impact
YouthBuild USA

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gifPlaying Batman and Robin as a child is one of the fondest, perhaps most innocent, memories I recall.

Making Choices

YouthBuild USA | Posted 04.27.2013 | Impact
YouthBuild USA

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gifIn life, we all make choices, whether good or bad. These choices always lead us somewhere, some good, and some bad.

From Statistic to Entrepreneur through YouthBuild

YouthBuild USA | Posted 04.22.2013 | Impact
YouthBuild USA

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gifI attended YouthBuild Brockton in the fall of 2007 because I wanted to get my life on the right track. I had a long history of smoking marijuana and selling drugs throughout the Boston area.

YouthBuild and Plato's Allegory of the Cave

YouthBuild USA | Posted 04.22.2013 | Impact
YouthBuild USA

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gifAs Brandon Menjares approached the podium for his YouthBuild Just-A-Start graduation speech, I fully expected to be blown away.

Building Futures and Helping Others

YouthBuild USA | Posted 04.15.2013 | Impact
YouthBuild USA

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gif I went from not knowing anything about construction to building hospitals, banks, and luxury condos. I was given the chance to help build the very city I grew up in.

Helping Young People Realize Their Career Aspirations

YouthBuild USA | Posted 04.14.2013 | Impact
YouthBuild USA

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gifWhen I was a ten-year-old girl growing up in Colombia, I wanted to become a zoologist and research great apes like Dian Fossey after watching a TV show featuring her work in the mountains of Rwanda.