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Youth Activism

Becoming an Activist Saved My Life After I Was Sexually Assaulted

Erin McKelle | Posted 04.09.2014 | Impact
Erin McKelle

At age 12, I survived incest and a lot of bullying, which led to the development of an eating disorder. My body became my own personal battleground and all I wanted to do was disappear.

Music for Peace

Isha Judd | Posted 04.03.2014 | Impact
Isha Judd

Why are so many of our songs based on loss and unrequited yearning? Is that really what moves our hearts more than joy and pleasure? More than compassion and peace?

No One Man Should Have All That Power - Our Diversity Responsibility

Brandon L. Greene | Posted 03.27.2014 | Black Voices
Brandon L. Greene

Yesterday, I had the great pleasure of speaking with a group of high school kids about power. During the conversation, I asked them how many of them t...

Is Social Activism an Underrated Job Skill?

Lisa Brummel | Posted 03.24.2014 | Impact
Lisa Brummel

Should learning to program a mobile app take precedence over diagramming iambic pentameter in Shakespeare's sonnets?

Radically Peaceful: Humanizing Oakland's Youth

Lila Igram | Posted 03.17.2014 | Impact
Lila Igram

Young men and women all over the world should be in charge of telling their own stories.

I Am Courage. We Are Courage.

Sofia Stafford | Posted 03.11.2014 | College
Sofia Stafford

We have all faced and will face different types of adversity during our lifetime, but we can learn from each other. In honor of International Women's Day, look to the women who have gotten us here and those who have continued on the fight for courage.

When Girls Are Part of the Solution Everyone Benefits

Lauren Hersh | Posted 03.07.2014 | Impact
Lauren Hersh

Our journey began in March 2013 with the creation of Project Impact, an arts-based leadership workshop for teen trafficking survivors. We spent three months working with the 15-18 year-old residents of JCCA's Gateways

Becoming a Global Kid: Stories of Change

Evie Hantzopoulos | Posted 03.14.2014 | Impact
Evie Hantzopoulos

Through a special project documenting the stories and experiences of 25 of our alumni who now range in age from 19 - 43, I am hearing of the profound impact of our collective work at Global Kids over the years.

At the UNESCO Forum On Global Citizenship Education, Youth Reveal a Fierce Commitment to Change

Sofia Gomez-Doyle | Posted 03.01.2014 | Impact
Sofia Gomez-Doyle

During a time of technological change, youth unemployment, rising university costs and civil conflict, we recognized the need for GCE, not only as a method of teaching in the classroom, but also as a mindset.

Parenting LGBTQ Youth: They Are Not Made Out of Glass -- They Will Not Break -- and They Are Not Broken

Lillian Rivera | Posted 02.18.2014 | Gay Voices
Lillian Rivera

Remember there is nothing wrong with your child. They are wonderfully them! They are not going to break -- in fact they are going to get stronger with your love. They are not broken -- society is broken. But we can fix it.

Memories of Mandela and Today's Youth

Evie Hantzopoulos | Posted 02.09.2014 | Impact
Evie Hantzopoulos

When our children discover that millions of other children around the world lack the basic right to a free education, they start to critically question the effectiveness of their own schooling, and start to advocate for an education that is relevant to today's world.

My Teen: Homeless Children In Search of Smart Adults

Anni Bricca | Posted 11.06.2013 | Impact
Anni Bricca

Reams have been written about the issue with lots of concerned citizen comments. While all that concern is great, nothing seriously tangible is being done, further underscored by the fact the numbers in my city just increased by 2000 more children.

International Youth Day Calls On Young People To Make A Difference

Donna M. Butts | Posted 10.12.2013 | Impact
Donna M. Butts

Clearly, our nation can benefit by engaging people of all ages in service to America. We need to make it as easy as ABC to make all generations feel valued and to strengthen our communities.

Random Youth to Know: Param Jaggi is Going the Green Your World

RandomKid | Posted 09.22.2013 | Green
RandomKid

I invited Param Jaggi to be a guest writer for my blog today. He founded the company Ecoviate, which is determined to solve some of our greatest issue...

Millennials Meet to "reRoute" Our Economy

Keith Harrington | Posted 09.10.2013 | Impact
Keith Harrington

In case you missed it, this past spring students at over a dozen universities and colleges across North America gathered on their campuses to lay the ...

Where Social Impact Meets Professional Identity

Tamsin Smith | Posted 06.23.2013 | Impact
Tamsin Smith

One can certainly say that throughout history it's been individuals who have turned the tide against evil and entropy. What's changed in this age of social media is the extent to which -- and the speed with which -- warriors for good can be assembled.

I Rescued A Seagull With A Broken Wing By The Side Of The Road

Olivia Bouler | Posted 06.20.2013 | Teen
Olivia Bouler

What is this world made of? The hate. The abuse. The death. But...this world also has hope.

When the Movement Does Not Save Your Life

Charles Stephens | Posted 05.15.2013 | Gay Voices
Charles Stephens

We enter social justice work as survivors. As black gay men particularly, but by no means exclusively, we learn to endure and inevitably resist racism and homophobia. What's less clear is how we survive each other.

How Youth Can Change Washington: Getting Young People Excited and Active

92nd Street Y | Posted 03.26.2013 | Politics
92nd Street Y

A talk on How Youth Can Change Washington took place at 92YTribeca on January 22, 2013. In this clip, The Nation's Ari Melber asks the panel--HuffPost...

It's Happening: The Global Shift in Consciousness Is Underway and Right on (Mayan) Time

Sarah Davidson | Posted 02.19.2013 | College
Sarah Davidson

We can do this. We can rise from these ashes and rally together, knowing that the pending global shift will end in inspired triumph. We have the tools. We have the drive. We have the passion, and our time is now.

The Intersection of Activism and Adolescence

Carmin Chappell | Posted 01.30.2013 | Teen
Carmin Chappell

I am not perfect. I don't try to be; I keep my goals manageable and my expectations realistic. I am a teenager, which I think is a synonym for "someone who makes mistakes."

Poverty in America

Bobbie Ibarra | Posted 12.30.2012 | Impact
Bobbie Ibarra

Working toward eliminating poverty is necessary toward the social, psychological and economic wellbeing of the United States. We need to strategically approach inclusive strategies that will allow for all Americans to thrive -- particularly those living in poverty.

Young People Who Serve Have Right to be Heard This Election

Steven Culbertson | Posted 12.04.2012 | Politics
Steven Culbertson

Young people are volunteering and serving their communities at record rates -- and they deserve the right to ask candidates questions, and to be engaged in this election.

We Need Youth to Care

Aaron Miller | Posted 11.13.2012 | Teen
Aaron Miller

American youth, the demographic most important to America's future, are often excluded from political processes and omitted from election ballots in just about every way.

The Future President of Palestine

David Weiss | Posted 10.13.2012 | World
David Weiss

Even people who may seem too young to understand the issues affecting their country today are doing their part and working toward a more peaceful and prosperous future for the Palestinian people.