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Quantum Leadership: Transforming Bullying Into Opportunities for Others

Carol J. Carter | Posted 09.30.2014 | Impact
Carol J. Carter

Like many bullies, JP Butler started out as the one who was bullied. What's different about JP's story is that his next transformation took him from bully to a bullying prevention leader and activist.

It's Not Only About Domestic Violence

Sally T. Prouty | Posted 09.29.2014 | Crime
Sally T. Prouty

It's about violence in general and it's about substance abuse! I do not know Ray Rice, his wife or anyone associated with recent incidents in the hea...

Don't Read This in the Subway

Luna Atamian | Posted 09.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Luna Atamian

There is something special about being in a train -- the underground lights rapidly moving through darkness, the coffee smell, the moving flow of the wagons that brings you back to your grandmother's backyard rocking chair -- that makes me more meditative.

Suicide Prevention Month: Because One Life Lost Is Too Many

Nathan M. Schaefer | Posted 09.26.2014 | Gay Voices
Nathan M. Schaefer

Our community remains so susceptible to depression and suicide because, although we've made great progress towards equality, we still remain vulnerable to discrimination, harassment and rejection because of who we are and who we love.

When 'Development' Is Only Straightforward: The Untold Story of Mr. Mendis

Prashanthi Jayasekara | Posted 09.24.2014 | World
Prashanthi Jayasekara

Like other Millennials, I was born and raised into the millennium with destinies handcuffed to development goals and great expectations. As children we were enthralled by a crystal world that was believed to have great things lie within.

A Well Formed Soul

Khary Lazarre-White | Posted 09.24.2014 | New York
Khary Lazarre-White

In his recent op-ed, "Becoming a Real Person," David Brooks explores the importance of developing one's "moral self" and the lack of elite universities and colleges focusing on this development.

Inside The Pomp And Pageantry Of A Mormon Temple Rededication

Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 09.23.2014 | Religion

About 16,000 young members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints flocked to a cultural center to celebrate the rededication of the Ogden ...

Spiritual Resources for Activists

Adam Bucko | Posted 09.20.2014 | Religion
Adam Bucko

Inspired by the original impulse of Occupy, I began gathering people for contemplative prayer and dialogues to cultivate wisdom resources for those of us who have quietly been working on building alternative structures for a new world.

Want to Prevent Campus Rape? We Need More Than Nail Polish!

Carolyn Davis | Posted 09.18.2014 | College
Carolyn Davis

Don't get too drunk at a party. Don't walk home alone. Don't leave home without your date rape nail polish. Men, when they are addressed, are generally urged to "intervene" in sticky situations (at least until the nail polish dries). In this system, the blame for rape indirectly falls on the careless victim rather than on the abuser.

1,000 Strong for Planned Parenthood Generation Action

Kelley Robinson | Posted 09.12.2014 | College
Kelley Robinson

With more than 250 campus groups across the country, Planned Parenthood Generation members are organizing on the ground every day for the issues that matter most to them. This month, thousands of young people head back to their college campuses, ready for the start of the school year and ready to take action.

Stop Fearing Young People

Scott M. Weber | Posted 09.11.2014 | Impact
Scott M. Weber

We need to stop seeing young people as a threat and make them part of the solution. That starts with engagement. We need to listen to their hopes and fears and make their voices audible in the debate on the present and the future.

How Hard Is It to Make It to the NHL?

Emily Cornelius | Posted 09.11.2014 | Sports
Emily Cornelius

As hockey fans, one of our favorite things to do is criticize the players. But are we giving these players enough credit? How hard is it actually to 'make it,' to 'go to the show,' to 'get the call?'

In Chicago, Hoops Tournament Helps Heal, Provides Hope

Isiah Thomas | Posted 09.10.2014 | Impact
Isiah Thomas

Things will not get fixed overnight in Chicago. But it is heartening to see the impact that athletes can have working with community leaders. It is even more moving to see young men and women take a stand against the violence in their communities and work toward a better future.

Serve to Learn, Serve to Remember

Steven Culbertson | Posted 09.10.2014 | Impact
Steven Culbertson

How do we sustain the "never forget" mantra and keep 9/11 from becoming just another asterisk on the calendar, such as Pearl Harbor Day is for most Americans?

Are Young People Getting a Bad Rap These Days?

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 09.10.2014 | Media
Dr. Jim Taylor

I think we need to cut young people a little slack. It's easy to be a Chicken Little ("the sky is falling!") and expect the worst from recent generations especially when you get to be of a certain age. How can they possibly compete against "the best and the brightest" and the Greatest Generation?

Abusive Authority; Power & Police: An American Tale

Aurora Barnes | Posted 09.09.2014 | New York
Aurora Barnes

While I was always opposed to New York City's stop-and-frisk policy, and in general, to the NYPD's racist regime, I had never been so directly affected by it.

It's Time to Raise the Age, New York: There Are Better Alternatives for Teens

Jeremy Christopher Kohomban, Ph.D. | Posted 09.10.2014 | New York
Jeremy Christopher Kohomban, Ph.D.

We need to constantly remind ourselves that these are not "bad" kids, but many of them are kids to whom bad things have happened. With help, these fragile teens can and will succeed -- but not by locking them up with adults.

Little Rays of Sunshine

Carole Sumner Krechman | Posted 09.09.2014 | Impact
Carole Sumner Krechman

The Peacemaker Corps Association (PCA), the NGO I founded over 17 years ago to teach youth at risk how to use words and pictures to solve their problems without violence, has created a bully pulpit to provide youth around the world a voice to help create the paradigm shift.

The Salaam Games: Coming to a Stadium Near You!

Atif Choudhury | Posted 09.08.2014 | World
Atif Choudhury

What if we could bring a broad range of these personalities in the Muslim world together for an event celebrating diversity while showcasing unity, strength, and peace?

Miley Cyrus' Advocacy Moves More Fans To Share Their Personal Stories Of Homelessness

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 09.05.2014 | Impact

It wasn't enough that Miley Cyrus' acceptance speech (or lack thereof) at last month's VMAs had nothing to do with music and everything to do with you...

Let's Face It

Tamzin Merchant | Posted 09.03.2014 | Impact
Tamzin Merchant

The challenge of providing health care and education to 1.8 billion youth, of teaching 175 million people to read a sentence, might seem daunting or even impossible. But look how far we've come.

"It's Important for Youth to be Involved at the High Level"

UN Women | Posted 09.02.2014 | Impact
UN Women

Girls are getting education and employment opportunities in the Pacific, but they also face harassment within school and work environments, as well as other social issues like domestic violence. We need everyone on board.

Economic Forces Are Mightier Than the Sword

Jack Nadel | Posted 08.29.2014 | Small Business
Jack Nadel

We should do more to help potential entrepreneurs in places where domestic economies are too weak to assist. If we give this effort a higher priority in our country's foreign policy, we can create a healthier balance of world commerce.

People Need People

Emma Wright | Posted 08.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Emma Wright

It has gotten to a point where I've realized that I cannot play this game anymore. I need to be who I really am behind closed doors for people to understand and help me get better. It has taken me nine years to realize this, which is too long.

Bringing Body Love Into Dance Class: A New Way of Teaching

Amanda Trusty | Posted 08.29.2014 | Arts
Amanda Trusty

Stand up straight. Pull your belly button in and up. Your stomach is sticking out. Pull it in. Don't be lazy. Suck it in. Tuck your booty under. Pull up. Chin high. Belly in. Squeeze the tushy.