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In Order for Our Kids to Keep Learning, We Need to Keep Learning Too

Jennifer Peck | Posted 07.10.2014 | Education
Jennifer Peck

How do we act on new information, when our systems and structures have been built on a foundation of incomplete or outdated information? How do we adjust what we've built in order to accommodate what we've learned?

Disadvantaged Youth Most Affected By Loss of Summer Reading: Recommended Reading List

Quassan Castro | Posted 06.24.2014 | Black Voices
Quassan Castro

Poor children are most vulnerable to decline in reading skills during the summer. Ninety percent of reading achievement loss for disadvantaged youth takes place during the scorching summer months.

Looking Forward, Giving Back: This Week In Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 06.23.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

In 2013, I began giving a seed grant every single day of the year to a social change visionary with a practical plan to make their community and the w...

Empowering Youth around the World: This Week In Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 06.16.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

In our practice of daily giving this week, our team funded several projects that are focused on empowering school aged children across the globe. The...

College Bound: Changing Lives Through Education

Ola Ojewumi | Posted 05.30.2014 | Impact
Ola Ojewumi

As grown-ups, we forget the power that we have to influence the adolescents that look up to us. We sit behind our televisions or computers and complain about the state of young America. However, we rarely lift a finger to change the existing condition or make a real difference.

An Open Invitation to the House Ways and Means Committee

Harry Leibowitz | Posted 07.12.2014 | Impact
Harry Leibowitz

For those who know me and what I stand for, they know that I rarely, if never, become emotionally angry. But today I am not only angry... worse, I am ...

Yoga: How We Serve Runaway Youth

Rob Schware | Posted 07.06.2014 | Impact
Rob Schware

This is an interview with Ravi Singh, who moved to NYC in 1974 with the intention of being a poet. He quickly came to realize that his desire to inspi...

Farming and Dancing: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 06.24.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Changing ourselves changes the world. In 2013, a group of daily givers, myself included, committed to provide seed funding to a fledgling social chan...

From Being Considered At-Risk to Becoming Resilient, Part 1 of 2

Rosalinda Mercado-Garza | Posted 06.22.2014 | Education
Rosalinda Mercado-Garza

I lived in a children's home from my junior year in high school and until I graduated with my bachelors.

Let's Focus on Improving Education for 'At Risk' Students

James M. Gentile | Posted 06.04.2014 | Education
James M. Gentile

If education was an Olympic sport, you can bet there would be national outrage about such a relatively "poor showing," and no effort would be spared to find and train "better representatives" in the next international competition to carry our flag.

The End. I Am No Longer Mentoring the 8-Year-Old Who Told Me "I Hate Homos"

Robbie Romu | Posted 06.01.2014 | Gay Voices
Robbie Romu

My duty to Sam was to keep him safe and to be a positive role model, both of which I did. I did not sign up to be abused or to tolerate homophobia.

Time to Reroute the Preschool-to-Prison Pipeline

Howard Meitiner | Posted 05.28.2014 | Crime
Howard Meitiner

We're dealing with individuals with complex behavioral issues, and it's going to take a village to change the status quo. We must improve care and understanding for kids before they turn to a life of violence.

No One Man Should Have All That Power - Our Diversity Responsibility

Brandon L. Greene | Posted 05.27.2014 | Black Voices
Brandon L. Greene

Yesterday, I had the great pleasure of speaking with a group of high school kids about power. During the conversation, I asked them how many of them t...

We All Deserve Access to Great Opportunities: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 05.07.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Changing ourselves changes the world. In 2013, a group of daily givers, myself included, committed to provide seed funding to a fledgling social chan...

The National Guard Youth ChalleNGe: Tackling the Nation's Dropout Crisis

Chad Pollitt | Posted 04.19.2014 | Education
Chad Pollitt

In 1993 the National Guard founded the Youth ChalleNGe program in an attempt to help curtail the growing high school dropout crisis and its impact on...

The Clearance Kids

e.E. Charlton-Trujillo | Posted 04.13.2014 | Impact
e.E. Charlton-Trujillo

These kids are collectibles. Their value has yet to be set. Their stories represent a new American voice -- the voices of those who can never be counted out.

My Country Has a 50% Dropout Rate and the Education Minister Has No Plan to Fix It

Vashthi Nepaul | Posted 04.05.2014 | Education
Vashthi Nepaul

Based off of the wealth of existing information, government could run pilot programs until they know what works best. Those programs can be rolled out in the areas that correspond with the prevalent risk factors. It will not be an easy process but it is the right thing to do.

10 Tips for Young Entrepreneurs From an Expert Looking for a Global Impact, Sylvester Chisom

Steve Mariotti | Posted 03.25.2014 | Impact
Steve Mariotti

All entrepreneurs must overcome fear to start their endeavors. Sylvester Chisom overcame this fear early on, when he founded his first business at age 17. Now, 11 years later, he is committed to helping other young entrepreneurs take the leap.

Pity Charity: Why It's Actually Abusive to Children

Friends International | Posted 03.22.2014 | Impact
Friends International

These separate events are a direct consequence of the interconnected actions of the child protection organizations, the media, the donors and the general public -- all wanting the best for these children, but instead turning them into victims.

In Child Protection, Easy Solutions Are Rarely Real Solutions

Friends International | Posted 03.22.2014 | Impact
Friends International

Working in child welfare in developing countries, or any country for that matter, isn't a particularly easy or simple task, in fact it's quite the opposite.

Yoga: Empowering First Responders and Children

Rob Schware | Posted 03.15.2014 | Impact
Rob Schware

This is an interview with Debby Kaminsky, a former advertising executive who decided in 2006 she wanted to sell the benefits of transformation. She to...

What One Urban School District Can Teach the Country About Stress Relief

Linda Esposito, LCSW | Posted 03.04.2014 | Education
Linda Esposito, LCSW

While there's no silver bullet, San Francisco Unified boasts a unique approach to tackling the biggest threat to student achievement: stress.The Transcendental Meditation technique is simple, and easy to learn and implement.

Reducing the Vulnerability Associated With Human Trafficking

Keeli Sorensen | Posted 02.12.2014 | Impact
Keeli Sorensen

It's important to remember that human trafficking and modern slavery is not just a crime committed by a criminal against his or her victim.

Trailblazing Young Innovators Announced for NFTE World Series of Innovation

Steve Mariotti | Posted 02.09.2014 | Education
Steve Mariotti

The votes are in and this year's winners of the NFTE World Series of Innovation are in! Winners from around the globe awarded over $80,000 in cash and...

Homeless Youth: Are We Looking Hard Enough for the Keys to Open More Doors?

Susan Garcia Trieschmann | Posted 02.03.2014 | Impact
Susan Garcia Trieschmann

Why are there street people when there are church steeples only a block away? This has stuck with me since the first time I heard it in a song writte...