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School Reform Is Empty Without Love and Support

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 08.28.2014 | 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, accountabil...

Life Lessons Learned From Salsa

Lissa Coffey | Posted 07.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Lissa Coffey

Every one of us is going to have our own pace. We can't compare ourselves to other dancers, or other people. We need to be patient, and gentle with ourselves. Just do your best and trust in the process. When we keep going, we eventually get there. There are many paths to any destination.

This Tuesday, Give a Gift That Will Change a Life

David McMillan | Posted 02.02.2014 | Impact
David McMillan

Let's face it: the world can be a scary, unfair place, full of obstacles, difficult choices and inequities -- and that's especially true for at-risk children and children raised in single-parent households, such as I was.

Race for the Kids

Mark Standish | Posted 11.20.2013 | Impact
Mark Standish

As a trustee of Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC -- the nation's first and New York's largest mentoring organization -- I've personally witnessed the difference a caring, adult mentor can make in the life of a child.

DOJ Freezes Funds To Major Kids' Charity After Audit

AP | Posted 06.27.2013 | Impact

WASHINGTON -- The Justice Department is imposed a freeze on federal grants to the children's charity Big Brothers Big Sisters of America early this ye...

To the Five Boroughs: Mentors Wanted

Hector Batista | Posted 08.12.2013 | New York
Hector Batista

This Father's Day, as you reflect on your dad and how he changed your life for the better, please consider doing the same for a young person in need -- please consider becoming a Big.

7 Reasons Why You Should Become a Mentor

David McMillan | Posted 03.19.2013 | Impact
David McMillan

Mentoring isn't a one-way process. It's a two-way street. It has the potential to change -- indeed, to radically transform -- not just one life, but two.

Carter Oosterhouse On Home DIYs, Giving Back and Christmas

Joshua Estrin | Posted 02.05.2013 | HuffPost Home
Joshua Estrin

While I am known for many things, do-it-yourself projects are not my expertise. That is exactly why it is important to have good friends like Carter Oosterhouse, as he is that go-to guy that everyone needs in the name of all things design.

Honoring the Past and the Future

Warren Burke | Posted 01.08.2013 | Impact
Warren Burke

We have been given the amazing gift of a heart and it allows us to make drastic change in this beautiful world that we live in. As long as I have the power to make someone laugh, make someone think differently, I will continue to strive to do all that God has given me power to do.

Legendary Giveback: A Conversation With Seth Avett, Plus Chats with Duran Duran's Roger Taylor and Mary Frisbie Wood and More

Mike Ragogna | Posted 12.01.2012 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

The song "Suspicious" is about having suspicions about your lover cheating on you, about having that feeling you can't quite put your finger on, but you know it's happening. Oh, and it's happening alright... it's happening.

The Big Brother Effect

Mike Eskenazi | Posted 10.15.2012 | Impact
Mike Eskenazi

I realized two things right then. Each of our worlds seemed to becoming less alien to the other. Also, just like that, I was a trusted adult in this kid's life. What started on something of a whim, with the five minutes it took me to fill out that online form, was now very real.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City: My Experience

Omar Farooq | Posted 06.19.2012 | Impact
Omar Farooq

Four years ago, I was flying back to New York on a rickety old plane, completely devastated by the thought that my life as I had planned it was irrevocably and forever changed. I didn't know then, but my search for meaning and my life rewards were still far ahead of me.

Non-Profit's Nerdy Sister: Youth Development

Steve Larosiliere | Posted 05.02.2012 | Education
Steve Larosiliere

Youth development programs teach important skills such as teamwork, communication skills, goal setting, and how to have fun. It's a much-needed outlet for many youth and places them on a road to success.

How Volunteering Helped Me Realize I Love Kids

Stephanie Lechner | Posted 04.22.2012 | Impact
Stephanie Lechner

About a year ago, suddenly struck with the weight of my own self-absorption, I researched volunteer opportunities in New York and discovered Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City.

Making A Difference: The World of Giving -- National Mentoring Month

Lisa M. Dietlin | Posted 03.26.2012 | Impact
Lisa M. Dietlin

January is designated as National Mentoring Month. When I learned of this I began thinking about who the mentors were in my life.

Watching the Bowl Championship Series? Give Money to Your Favorite Charity at the Same Time!

Bill_Robinson | Posted 02.21.2012 | Impact
Bill_Robinson

There's a new high-tech start-up in Austin, Texas, called that has a different twist: empowering 'micro-donations' over the Internet while also tying in those donations to a fan's sports, entertainment or even routine (think a Starbucks in the morning) passions.

A New Kind of New Year's Resolution

Kristi York Wooten | Posted 02.20.2012 | Impact
Kristi York Wooten

Why not bring in the new year by not only having fun, but also making a difference in the lives of others?

Who's Rescuing Foster Kids, Runaways And High School Dropouts? (SLIDESHOW)

Posted 12.25.2011 | Impact

More than 4 million people between ages 16 to 24 were either unemployed or had dropped out of school in 2000, according to Philanthropedia.org. Yet, t...

How to Build a Better Child

Robin Quivers | Posted 08.28.2011 | Women
Robin Quivers

I've never had a child, but years ago I joined Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. At the time I just wanted to take a little kid to the circus. I was sure I was capable of that and not much more.

Ever Thought About Being A Big Brother Or Sister?

latimes.com | Alexandra Zavis, Times Staff Writer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

The demand for such matchups is growing. For the first time in its more than 100-year history, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America is actively seeking...

A Resolution Worth Keeping

Christopher Reeve | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Christopher Reeve

I propose that qualified men and women volunteer their time to help students in their respective cities with their homework -- help them excel in school and ultimately find success later in life.

It Just Takes One: Ben De Leon Encourages Others To Become Big Brothers

HuffPost | Jonathan Daniel Harris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

In honor of Mother's Day, HuffPost Impact presents It Just Takes One, a series on children and the tutors, mentors, guardians and others who have ma...

Questioning Your "Compassionate" Politics

Brian T. Schwartz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Brian T. Schwartz

"You oppose Medicaid and government-run schools? You're heartless and lack compassion." If you have ever made this accusation, even tacitly, I invite you to reconsider.