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Youth Development

A Place Where Every Young Person Has a Chance to Be a Leader

Global Kids | Posted 04.09.2014 | Impact
Global Kids

In a Global Kids workshop you learn, but you don't know that you're learning. You'd start off with something that feels like a game, and then that game evolves into a discussion.

Finding a Safe Haven and an Opportunity to Succeed

Global Kids | Posted 03.31.2014 | Impact
Global Kids

Global Kids had an after-school program there. Then I started going to the Global Kids offices. It was always a blessing. Being someone who spoke with a heavy accent was not an issue. Being someone who had different ideas was not an issue.

Global Kids: Social Justice, Community, and the World

Global Kids | Posted 03.28.2014 | Impact
Global Kids

I had always known I wanted to be lawyer but I'm certain that some of the international human rights issues that we took up in Global Kids made me interested in international law.

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.

Moving the Needle on Youth Development

Bill Reese | Posted 02.20.2014 | Impact
Bill Reese

I've been heartened by what I see as some real progress on one of our toughest problems: global youth employment.

Why America Isn't The Best Place To Be A Teen

Hung Vo | Posted 03.29.2014 | Teen
Hung Vo

So what does this mean for youth, especially young Americans? First, the obvious is that America is not the best country for youth development.

Large Returns from Small Investments in Women's and Children's Health

Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin | Posted 03.18.2014 | Impact
Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin

There are no excuses: The logic is clear and we must respond with strong commitment and decisive action; we must make it happen now.

Discover Your Passions in Life

Dina Khayal | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Dina Khayal

Remember that time when you were told that you aren't good enough? Talented enough? Smart enough? Passionate enough? I do. I remember it like it was yesterday. Throughout my childhood I thought of myself as those things.

Love: The Core of Leadership, Innovation, and Adaptation

YouthBuild USA | Posted 11.06.2013 | Impact
YouthBuild USA

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Through YouthBuild, South Africa is cultivating its next generation of leaders

YouthBuild USA | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
YouthBuild USA

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Thanking a Champion of YouthBuild

YouthBuild USA | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
YouthBuild USA

2013-09-23-EntChallenge.jpgThe town hall meeting was filled with important people from New York who were talking, shaking hands and taking pictures.

A Stronger, More Diverse YouthBuild Movement

YouthBuild USA | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
YouthBuild USA

2013-09-23-EntChallenge.jpgEach young person who crosses the threshold of a YouthBuild program pursues a dual mission: create a meaningful and productive life while giving their best energies to improve the world around them.

What YouthBuild Has Learned Over 35 Years

YouthBuild USA | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
YouthBuild USA

2013-09-23-EntChallenge.jpgWe believe young people born into difficult circumstances are an enormous, untapped resource for humanity.

"How Can I Help?" The Sam Beard Question

Jose Antonio Tijerino | Posted 08.20.2013 | Impact
Jose Antonio Tijerino

After researching this humble servant leader, I better understood his poignant question to me at the end of our meeting: "How can I help you?" Sam Beard has made a career out of asking that question.

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.

The Future Belongs to You(th)

Steve Larosiliere | Posted 06.10.2013 | Los Angeles
Steve Larosiliere

You know the song that just does it for you? It speaks to you. Maybe it's the beat or a lyric that strikes a cord. It gives you goosebumps. The song defines a moment. Your moment. Your history. Your life, both present and future.

The Truth About College and Career

Steve Larosiliere | Posted 06.02.2013 | Impact
Steve Larosiliere

Simply going to college, attending classes and obtaining a degree no longer cuts it for any youth, especially immigrant and low-income, to make it in today's job market. We need a new paradigm.

Something Inside

KidSpirit | Posted 05.28.2013 | Religion
KidSpirit

Some people have that sixth sense, knowing when change is around the corner. Others stumble blindly into it, like going through a pitch black tunnel, when one turn careens you into the light.

The Language of Youth Empowerment

Urban Alliance | Posted 05.04.2013 | Impact
Urban Alliance

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gifMany areas of Washington, D.C. are described in ways that don't accurately reflect the true character of the residents, but are still applied indiscriminately.

Searching for Superman and Finding Myself

YouthBuild USA | Posted 04.27.2013 | Impact
YouthBuild USA

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gifPlaying Batman and Robin as a child is one of the fondest, perhaps most innocent, memories I recall.

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.

Advancing Leadership Through Education

Adam Weinberg | Posted 09.15.2012 | College
Adam Weinberg

In its essence, leadership is about putting theory into practice -- figuring out what needs to be done, learning how to do it, but then finding the motivation to take meaningful action.

We Need 'All Hands on Deck' to Save Bullied Teens

Thenera Bailey | Posted 06.24.2012 | Impact
Thenera Bailey

This is not an easy fix. But we can start by deploying what we know works in the youth development arena.

Non-Profit's Nerdy Sister: Youth Development

Steve Larosiliere | Posted 05.02.2012 | Education
Steve Larosiliere

Youth development programs teach important skills such as teamwork, communication skills, goal setting, and how to have fun. It's a much-needed outlet for many youth and places them on a road to success.

Save the World. Mentor a Child.

Mark Redmond | Posted 03.24.2012 | Impact
Mark Redmond

January is National Mentoring Month, and volunteering to serve as a mentor is one way to save a life.