Before I was invited to develop curriculum at the Academy of Art's (AAU) Multimedia Department and the University of San Francisco, I too believed that many young folks were apathetic, entitled and not in touch with reality. Boy, was I wrong.
Like the waves that crash on its beaches, time after time over its 100-year history Coney Island and its amusement parks have been razed to the ground by fire and flood, only to rise like a phoenix from the ashes and return bigger and better than ever.
As corporate social responsibility has become more strategic and aligned with business objectives, companies are directing dollars toward causes that directly impact their businesses, such as health, education and the environment.
The challenges that stand before young people as they emerge into a weak employment market have been well-documented. Perhaps less attention has been paid to the uphill battle that young people without a high school degree or GED face.
Eva Grover died Friday. Thousands of children who felt her love will miss her. Thousands more poor kids in the Waterville area who never met and will never know Grover will benefit from her love nonetheless.
I thank God every morning for these women who dare to bare their puckered thighs and their kangaroo midriffs and their bright, carefree smiles, shouting with their very presence that there are more important things in life than looking young. We need desperately to hear this.
Over the years, we've learned that outdoor programs can also help build resiliency and strength within military families. Getting kids and their parents outdoors together allows them to have fun and reconnect through the healing power of nature.
Domestic abuse in the military is the best kept secret and is a silent tragedy. Due to frequent moves, the majority of military families live on one income. Their only source of financial security for the family is the active duty soldier.