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Cutting Programs to the Poor Hurts Those at Highest Risk

Sandi Vidal | Posted 05.13.2013 | Impact
Sandi Vidal

This year Families in Transition in Seminole County Florida is serving 2026 children at last count who have no place to call home. This problem has gotten worse, even as we come out of the recession, Florida is still experiencing an 11 percent increase in child homelessness.

Give While You Live with the Help of Technology

Jesse Seaver | Posted 05.13.2013 | Impact
Jesse Seaver

As society and technology have evolved, it has become easier than ever for consumers to be charitable by integrating their regular spending activity with technology that helps them contribute to causes they believe in.

Mickey Hart's Love Song to Jersey Shore Supports Sandy Survivors

Karen Dalton-Beninato | Posted 05.11.2013 | Impact
Karen Dalton-Beninato

Mickey Hart's childhood memories of the Jersey Shore inspired him to write a benefit song (HERE) for victims of Hurricane Sandy, and it's coming in a ...

In the Midst of Good News, People Throw Stones

Twesigye Jackson Kaguri | Posted 05.07.2013 | Impact
Twesigye Jackson Kaguri

At the end of the news article about the new treatment discovery for HIV/AIDS, I expected to find uplifting comments about the doctor's success, and the possibility of saving children's' lives in the future. Instead, I found complaints.

An Urban Refugee's Dress on International Women's Day: Undocumented and Unafraid

Michelle Arevalo-Carpenter | Posted 03.08.2013 | Impact
Michelle Arevalo-Carpenter

Given her life experiences, her most recent courageous move had more to do with her choice of attire: wearing her Congolese Kitenge openly in her neighborbood has been her way of "coming out" as a refugee in Tanzania and facing xenophobia head-on.

And the Most Important Generation In History Is...

Dina Khayal | Posted 05.06.2013 | College
Dina Khayal

Whether you are saving elephants by banning the ivory trade in Thailand with WWF or speaking up for a cause you are passionate about. all our collaborative efforts have true meaning and power, so use them wisely.

Is It Better to Understand Than to Be Understood?

Michele Hunt | Posted 04.30.2013 | Impact
Michele Hunt

Imagine the ripple affect the shift to seeking to understand rather than fighting to be understood could have on racial, cultural, religious understandings, on our understanding each other in our communities.

Ensuring a #VoteReady America: The Importance of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act

Angela Rye | Posted 04.29.2013 | Black Voices
Angela Rye

Voter discrimination on the basis of race is a persistent reality in many areas protected by Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. Real voters are at risk of losing their fundamental right to vote; unfortunately, this is a reality for jurisdictions not covered by Section 5 as well.

How 'The Gay Dad Project' Came Into Existence

Amie Shea | Posted 04.27.2013 | Gay Voices
Amie Shea

I invited my dad to Sweden for his 60th birthday. I figured 60 was as good a time as any to start living a fabulously gay life. I wanted to show him the world that existed beyond his everyday Montana and I wanted to make peace with my past.

Students Become Teachers: What My Students Teach Me

Year Up | Posted 04.27.2013 | Impact
Year Up

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gifI used to play "school" when I was a kid. I would teach my imaginary class the intricacies of building an effective Lego compound, and then give a quiz. What was on this quiz?

To This Day Project: Interview with Anti-Bullying Video Creator Shane Koyczan

Shira Lazar | Posted 04.24.2013 | Impact
Shira Lazar

Based on a powerful spoken word problem, Shane Koyczan's To This Day Project explores the profound and lasting impact that bullying can have on an individual.

Global Poverty's Hero in Waiting: One Woman

Vicki Escarra | Posted 04.24.2013 | Impact
Vicki Escarra

Women comprise 70 percent of the 2.5 billion people worldwide living on less than $2 a day. In the face of statistics so daunting, it is easy to feel paralyzed for lack of a path to progress.

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.

Why We Rise: Turning Valentine's Day Upside Down

Evie Hantzopoulos | Posted 04.15.2013 | Impact
Evie Hantzopoulos

Perhaps Valentine's Day is one of those events just created by greeting card companies. Whatever the case, the whole day needs a re-boot and our youth, along with others who care, will rise to turn Valentine's Day upside down through One Billing Rising.

Is It the Shoes or the Soul? In Honor of Air Jordan on his 50th

Rabbi Daniel Cohen | Posted 04.17.2013 | Sports
Rabbi Daniel Cohen

As the congratulatory wishes come in to mark the 50th birthday of Michael Jordan, one the greatest basketball players of all time, I am struck by the iconic image of MJ in flight and what it represents for all of us.

One Man's Crusade for 'Room to Read' for Children Without Books

Gail Vida Hamburg | Posted 04.12.2013 | Impact
Gail Vida Hamburg

"Perhaps, Sir, you will someday come back with books." The words were uttered in 1998 by the headmaster of a grade school in Bahundanda, Nepal -- that had a library, but no books -- to John Wood, a stressed out American senior executive at Microsoft, who was trekking the area's famed Annapurna Circuit.

A Different View of The World: We're All in This Together

Urban Alliance | Posted 04.13.2013 | Impact
Urban Alliance

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gifWhat happens when the economic status of the solid working middle-class family in the suburbs starts to resemble that of the down and out city dweller digging through the trash for his next meal?

Afghanistan Veteran To Be Awarded Medal Of Honor

AP | Posted 02.11.2013 | Politics

BY NEDRA PICKER, ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is awarding the Medal of Honor to an Army veteran for his courageous l...

If I Can Do It So Can You!

The HOPE Program | Posted 04.09.2013 | Impact
The HOPE Program

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gif HOPE has made me a professional and successful woman, and they can do the same for you. Now I can give my kids a better future and teach them not to make the same mistakes mommy has made.

Redesigning Public Services So They Can Actually Help People

Rachael Chong | Posted 04.03.2013 | Impact
Rachael Chong

Reboot is a design agency that focuses on service design in international development. In other words, fixing aid programs so that they provide enough...

Positioning Opportunity Youth to Be Tomorrow's Leaders

YouthBuild USA | Posted 04.03.2013 | Impact
YouthBuild USA

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gif Opportunities go to those who have the necessary skills. At YouthBuild programs, we clearly communicate labor market realities to young adults so they know what occupations are in demand and how to obtain the appropriate credentials to advance vocationally.

Expanding Opportunities for Better Jobs in Atlanta

The National Fund for Workforce Solutions | Posted 04.03.2013 | Impact
The National Fund for Workforce Solutions

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gifMore than 630,000 families across the 13-county region are not financially self-sufficient. They are headed by adults who lack the education, training and experience needed to fill middle-skill jobs that pay enough to support a household.

The Power of One

Ashley M. Williams | Posted 01.31.2013 | Impact
Ashley M. Williams

As human beings, we each have the power to make a difference in the world through ever action we take and through every word that we speak.

Geotourism: A Great New Reason to Visit Lake Tahoe

Pamela Mays McDonald | Posted 03.31.2013 | Green
Pamela Mays McDonald

When you hear the phrase "Lake Tahoe," what's the first thing that comes to your mind? If you said "skiing" or "casinos," you'd respond as probably 99% of Bay Area residents do. If you said "geography," or "sustainability", you'd be among the minority, but you'd be onto a great new idea.

Girl Rising: A Better Life Begins in School

Gordon Brown | Posted 03.27.2013 | Impact
Gordon Brown

If one thing was made clear by the scale of the recent anti-child slavery demonstration of 200,000 young people in the Burmese capital Rangoon, it is that regimes can repress for a time but they cannot maintain their repression indefinitely. The marches show that while children may disappear one by one into slavery, sold off by relatives or neighbours, becoming in effect invisible people - the victims' cries for help cannot be silenced forever, and eventually the truth will out.