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A Great Recipe for Positive Social Change: Mix One Young Entrepreneur With a Team of Volunteers

Bill Reese | Posted 11.18.2014 | Impact
Bill Reese

Those who have gotten their hands dirty planting trees or mentoring underserved youth are far more likely to be actively engaged citizens throughout their lives. They will be the ones who will sign petitions, lead protests, give voice to the voiceless, and simply refuse to sit on the sidelines. That's a pretty big "win-win."

Jobs for Youth: A Winning Strategy to End Global Poverty

Bill Reese | Posted 12.08.2014 | Impact
Bill Reese

The world's young people -- both this generation and the next -- will face a truly stark reality unless a far higher level of attention, resources, and commitment to action is mustered to combat rising youth unemployment.

Championing the Empowerment of Young Women - on International Youth Day and Beyond

Bill Reese | Posted 10.08.2014 | Women
Bill Reese

I was thrilled to receive a book signing invitation recently from a long-time friend, colleague, and champion of women's empowerment issues, Ritu Shar...

How Computer Science Education Can Open Doors for Youth

Lori Harnick | Posted 11.23.2013 | Impact
Lori Harnick

The economic recovery is underway, but an important group is being left behind. According to a new report by the International Youth Foundation, the global youth unemployment rate is expected to reach 12.8 percent by 2018.

The Path to a Brighter Future? Expand Opportunities for Today's Young

Bill Reese | Posted 06.25.2013 | Impact
Bill Reese

I'm an optimist by nature. But I'm also a realist. That's why we are helping to build a global community of action that believes young people are the drivers of our future peace and prosperity -- and thus are embracing the tough work of making that vision a reality around the world.

A Young Filmmaker Takes on the Struggle for Gay Rights

Christy Macy | Posted 06.13.2013 | Gay Voices
Christy Macy

Harjant's parents were deeply disturbed by the news, and initially tried to "change" his mind. He says that in India, the subject of homosexuality was so repressed at the time that there were hardly any words to define it.

USAID's New Youth Policy Is Timely and Urgent: Here's Why

Bill Reese | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Bill Reese

New policies and procedures are announced nearly every day in Washington, D.C., often with little notice, and sometimes, deservedly so. However, a new youth policy just released by the U.S. Agency for International Development deserves not only our attention, but real applause.