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Stephanie Harnett
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Stephanie Harnett is a recent graduate of the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication, where she studied print journalism and history. She’s spent the last nine months as an editorial assistant at the Los Angeles Times and a production assistant for the KTLA midday newscast. She’s also helped to launch an online news source for the neighborhoods of South Los Angeles, an area historically neglected by the mainstream press. In addition, she’s had seven years of teaching experience with a diverse range of students, from fifth graders in an over-crowded inner-city elementary school’s cafeteria to businesswomen in Budapest learning English for the first time. In August she will move to Singapore to teach history in a public secondary school. She will also lead the school’s student newspaper.

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Tomorrow's Leaders Descend on Singapore

Posted November 17, 2009 | 15:51:44 (EST)

As President Obama joined leaders of the world's fastest growing economies this weekend at the Asia-Pacific Economic Conference in Singapore, his actions were being watched by a group of youth delegates who may have only just finished a growth spurt themselves.

Kartik Mohan Das, for example, celebrated his 20th birthday...

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Bringing Crime And Punishment Back To The NYC Commute

Posted August 14, 2009 | 16:20:50 (EST)

When was the last time you saw Mark Twain on the Q train? Or Faulkner on the F? If you've noticed that great literature has lost out to throw-away tabloid news on the subways beneath Manhattan, you're not alone. Buku Sarkar has noticed too, and she's determined to bring the...

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Chicago Native Helps Homeless Dogs, Victims Of The Recession

Posted July 20, 2009 | 13:23:00 (EST)

Kara Severson knows that victims of foreclosure come in all breeds. Breeds of dog, that is. Severson volunteers at a no-kill animal shelter in Chicago where she walks all types of canines who, like their owners, have suddenly found themselves without a home.

Severson's own Shar Pei, Kennedy, has...

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Five Ways To Make New York A Better Place

Posted July 10, 2009 | 11:40:58 (EST)

President Obama has called on Americans to make this a summer of service., and with beautiful weather expected and a post-4th of July BBQ lull, this is the perfect time for New Yorkers to take up that call. Here's a list of the top five opportunities in and around...

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Mending Wall Street Soles

Posted July 9, 2009 | 17:50:23 (EST)

For the unemployed, putting your best foot forward is sometimes hard to do.

But Lisa Hancock-Jasie tells us that her New York cobbler has given her a step up on the competition in job interviews. She sent us this email to tell how Minas, of Minas Shoe Repair in...

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Saving Marriages Strained By The Recession

Posted July 7, 2009 | 16:48:51 (EST)

Jobs have been lost and homes have been lost, but if Dr. Alan Singer can help it marriages will not be lost to this recession.

Singer is a family therapist in central New Jersey, and he's volunteering his services on the weekends for couples hard-hit by the recession....

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Creative Cook Feeds Homeless

Posted July 2, 2009 | 12:26:17 (EST)

We asked for you, our readers, to tell us how you or someone you know is serving the community and you sent in stories of volunteerism from across the country. We'll be spotlighting some of these stories here on our site, so keep them coming. You can share your story...

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New York Midnight Heroes

Posted July 1, 2009 | 14:20:23 (EST)

Terrell Jones can't be tired. It's midnight on a Saturday, but he must wipe the sleep out of his eyes because his night is just beginning.

Jones is a volunteer with the New York Harm Reduction Educators and as the clock strikes 12 he's hopping into a fellow volunteer's gray...

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Serving Greenpoint With Free Sunflowers

Posted June 25, 2009 | 11:34:07 (EST)

He's calling himself the Johnny Appleseed of Greenpoint.

But Matt LaBarbiera is spreading sunflowers, not apples, in his Brooklyn neighborhood. He's giving away the plants to anyone and everyone who wants one in hope that someday there will be a sunflower on every street corner.

In what could easily...

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Obama And Google Make A Splash With Service Site

Posted June 24, 2009 | 18:38:29 (EST)

Obama's call to service got a boost this week with the launch of All for Good, a Google-backed hub for volunteering.

With Google and Obama behind the project (not to mention Arianna Huffington), the site was destined to make a big splash.

Since its...

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A Tough Job For A Volunteer

Posted June 24, 2009 | 12:27:41 (EST)

Racing through the streets of Brooklyn in an ambulance with lights flashing and sirens blaring is no tragic event for James Pointer. In fact, it's nothing unusual at all.

Division Chief Pointer is a volunteer with the Bedford-Stuyvesant Volunteer Ambulance Corps, which gets more than 100 calls each month reporting...

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Want To Volunteer, In Your PJs?

Posted June 17, 2009 | 18:43:36 (EST)

One man is attempting to change the way we think of volunteering. He doesn't think volunteering should be difficult. There's no need to break a sweat or drive across town. He believes it can be so simple, in fact, that you don't have to leave the comfort of your living...

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