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Steven Culbertson
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Steven A. Culbertson is President and Chief Executive Officer of Youth Service America, a global nonprofit that activates, funds, trains, and recognizes young people to help them find their voice, take action, and make an impact on vital community issues. For two years in a row, the Nonprofit Times named him to its list of "The 50 most powerful and influential leaders" in the sector, saying, "Culbertson has helped to position volunteering and young people as an issue and a national priority."

Entries by Steven Culbertson

Serve to Learn, Serve to Remember

(0) Comments | Posted September 10, 2014 | 1:04 PM

As we gather this week to remember 9/11, many Americans will observe that fateful day with good deeds and volunteering through the 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance.

Several of us at YSA still recall the bright blue skies of that Tuesday morning here in...

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Let's Put Service in Schools: An MLK Day Call to Action

(0) Comments | Posted January 16, 2013 | 9:50 AM


The Corporation for National and Community Service recently released a new report about volunteerism in America, with highlights including the fact that parents are volunteering significantly more than their childless counterparts. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan commented that the...

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Kids Call Kids to Action: No Child Should Go Hungry

(1) Comments | Posted November 9, 2012 | 11:39 AM

2012-11-07-MSUHH34939023.JPG When my niece was nine, my sister organized a family trip to San Francisco. As my brother-in-law tells it, they'll never be able to afford to go back. See, young Elizabeth wanted to give money to every homeless person she passed. And...

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Kids Are Asking Candidates Tough Questions

(0) Comments | Posted November 2, 2012 | 8:20 PM

Elections are about so much more than just the act of voting, and there are many ways for young people to be engaged in elections that don't involve casting a ballot. Even if they're not old enough to vote, they can develop and share opinions, educate eligible voters, help register...

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Young People Who Serve Have Right to be Heard This Election

(0) Comments | Posted October 4, 2012 | 10:22 AM

During last night's presidential debate, we heard President Obama and Governor Romney speak about the future of our economy, the health care system, and the role of government. Everything they talked about affects the lives of all citizens, including our youngest citizens. Many may not be able to vote yet,...

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Teens Take On Washington, Tackle Tough Issues Through Service

(1) Comments | Posted September 23, 2012 | 8:30 AM

This week, I met 18-year-old Caleb Dunn. A child of Appalachian Eastern Kentucky, Caleb grew up in extreme poverty. He told me about the knotted stomach, sore throat, dry mouth and especially the burning anger that comes from being hungry every day for the first seven years of your life....

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To Improve Student Achievement, Start With Service

(2) Comments | Posted August 28, 2012 | 10:58 AM

Last week, PDK/Gallup released the latest results of its study of Americans' attitudes toward public education. Titled "A Nation Divided," the report exposes deep rifts over hot-button issues like teacher evaluation and school vouchers. But it also reveals common ground: Americans believe in closing the achievement gap, that...

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Introducing the 25 Most Powerful and Influential Young People in the World

(3) Comments | Posted April 20, 2012 | 12:45 AM

Youth changing the world. Some may recognize that youth are always at the center of social change. Others may still think this is a radical idea.

But consider this: Bill Gates and Steve Jobs both started their careers in the family garage as teenagers. When Gustavo Dudamel was named...

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Multiple Ways to Teach Service

(0) Comments | Posted April 19, 2010 | 4:55 PM

On April 23-25, millions of children and youth in more than 100 countries will all participate in making their communities a better place during Global Youth Service Day. GYSD is the largest service event in the world, and it's the only day of service that specifically celebrates how young people,...

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Youth Poised for Action

(0) Comments | Posted January 17, 2010 | 11:34 AM

Sometimes we forget.

Those of us in the national service field and nonprofit sector spend a lot of time preparing for big events. As an MLK Day grantee from the Corporation for National and Community Service, the staff at Youth Service America and I have been working with schools...

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Young People Bring New Solutions to Childhood Obesity Issue

(2) Comments | Posted October 16, 2009 | 3:43 PM

As the legislative battle over health care reform continues, politicians, health insurance representatives, employers, bus drivers, and teachers debate daily about how this proposed legislation will affect them today. Yet while we "old folks" argue, young people are proactively working to reduce future health care costs by addressing childhood obesity...

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