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Youth Organizations Ask Congress for Help

Sara Haile-Mariam | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Sara Haile-Mariam

Today, over 20 youth organizations representing millions of young people sent the following letter to Congress urging swift passage of health care reform and student aid through the reconciliation package.

Why I'm Joining the Alliance for Youth Movements

Sam Graham-Felsen | Posted 10.28.2011 | Technology
Sam Graham-Felsen

Technology will never replace the difficult, usually unglamorous work required to produce lasting social change. But it's clear that online and mobile tools can dramatically expand the power of grassroots organizers.

Volunteerism 2.0 -- A Generation Seeking to Help

Meredith Segal | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Meredith Segal

According to the Higher Education Research Institute, the percent of first-year college students who believe that it is very important to help people in need is at its highest level since 1970. Without question, ours is a generation seeking to help.

Remembering Howard Zinn

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Marian Wright Edelman

Howard Zinn taught us to be neither victims nor passive observers of unjust treatment but active and proud claimants of our American birthright.

SNCC, Fifty Years Later

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

On Feb. 1, 1960, when I was a senior in college in Atlanta, four black freshmen from North Carolina sat in at a Whites-only lunch counter in a Greensboro Woolworth's store. It was just the spark I and so many black youth were waiting for.

Students "Sleep-Out For The Homeless": Is This Effective Advocacy?

Huffington Post | Jonathan Daniel Harris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

There's a new trend among some of America's active youth. It's called "Sleeping Out For The Homeless." Groups of people gather in a local park or on t...

ADOLESCENT ACTIVISTS: 7 Young People Making A Difference

The Huffington Post | Jonathan Daniel Harris | Posted 08.01.2011 | Impact

As a new string of youth activists have shown, you're never too young or inexperienced to start making a difference in your community. HuffPost Impact...

You Are Never Too Young To Change The World

Pat Pedraja | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Pat Pedraja

There are so many kids out there who really want to do something to help with a problem in the world, but they don't know how. Remember, you are never too young to change the world!

How to Make Your Alma Mater Matter in LA

Sylvia Sukop | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Sylvia Sukop

You went to college back East, down South, or in the Midwest and whether you're five or 25 years out, now that you live in Los Angeles your relationsh...

Animal All-Star

Michael Markarian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Markarian

14-year-old Ben Byrom has volunteered for groups like Animal Acres and the Animal Protection and Rescue League, and has contacted local politicians to help the seal pups and their mothers of La Jolla.

Just in Time: Youth Journalists Take On Climate with 'Project Survival Media'

Celia Alario | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Celia Alario

The youth reporters are focusing on the voices of those who are already being disproportionately impacted, and those who have found successful global and local solutions for a better future.

Taking Back Labor Day: The 'Lost Decade' Of Young Workers

Kari Henley | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Kari Henley

Labor Day has lost its luster as a holiday. First celebrated on September 5, 1882 in New York City, the day consisted of a parade and celebrations to ...

Elite Pakistani Students Pick Up Trash To Clean Up The Country

Nosheen Abbas | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Nosheen Abbas

Tired of hearing people complain about what's wrong with Pakistan, these students decided to do something about it by meeting every Sunday to clean up trash.

It's Not Enough

Stephen Ratner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephen Ratner

Both President Obama and the Republican Party (and even failing sectors like the auto industry), could learn a thing or two from my generation.

Archbishop Tutu's Dream for the Future

Michelle Cote | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Michelle Cote

"I'm comiiiiinggg!" Tutu sings out from the adjacent room, the words rolling off his tongue in a playfully high-pitched refrain, before he comes wheeling and teetering -- all 5'2" of him -- around the corner of his suite at the Atlanta Grand Hyatt.

Senator Specter Kicks Off Nationwide Town Hall on Clean Energy Future

Jesse Jenkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jesse Jenkins

International climate experts say that the next few years is the window for averting irretrievable climate disruption. If there's no action before 2012, that's too late.

10 Ways Power Shift is What Democracy Looks Like

Sarah Newman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Sarah Newman

After surviving eight years of Bush & Co., change is within our grasp. It's not about one person leading the fight-we are all in this together now to stop global warming.

What the Press Didn't Tell You About the Largest Youth Movement in Decades (Part One)

Jesse Jenkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jesse Jenkins

Part One: A Growing Movement Comes of Age By Jesse Jenkins, reporting for the Energy Collective and WattHead - Energy News and Commentary This is th...

What the Press Didn't Tell You About the Largest Youth Movement in Decades (Introduction)

Jesse Jenkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jesse Jenkins

On March 2nd, fueled by a fiery passion no snowstorm could chill, thousands stormed Capitol Hill to rally, lobby and even risk arrest in their efforts to ignite a clean and just energy future.

The Icelandic "Facebook Revolution"

Sigtryggur Magnason | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sigtryggur Magnason

Icelanders don't have the culture of crowds. There are no subways, no train stations, so Facebook has made a great social impact and has played a vital role in the days since the economic crash.

10 Reasons to Be Hopeful About 2009 and 3 Reasons to be Terrified

Sarah van Gelder | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sarah van Gelder

We humans have the free will to make choices that assure our collective survival, or do otherwise. We have the creativity and intelligence to build on the best possibilities while averting the worst.

Greening Hollywood: Empowering Youth To Cool The Earth

Paige Donner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Paige Donner

When 5,000 kids turned out for the Environmental Youth Conference in LA, they got a surprise as celebrities like Will.i.am, Vanessa Hudgens and Tyrese took the stage to share a few words.

The Kids Are Alright

Lance Simmens | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lance Simmens

We must lay the foundation for the next generation of youth, so we can continue to capitalize on their energy, innovation, and creativity for the future.

America, Pick Up -- It's Your Future Calling: A 15 Year Old's Perspective

Cassie Goldring | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cassie Goldring

Obama has allowed our beloved country to enter its next stage in history, a stage in which my generation can truly feel a part of this country and feel that our voices can and will be heard.

One Giant Step

Raymond Leon Roker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Raymond Leon Roker

We fought. We hoped. We worked. We cried. We panicked. We debated. We held our breath. It's not hyperbolic to say that we helped shift the course of the world.