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Defining Social Entrepreneurism for 35 years (Even Before It Was a Buzzword!)

(0) Comments | Posted November 18, 2013 | 10:21 AM

Tom Kinisky, President at Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics, a YouthBuild Partner

Just last month I had the distinct pleasure of helping YouthBuild celebrate its 35th anniversary. Celebrating an anniversary milestone is always nice, but for me it was less about the span of time, and instead speaks to the...

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Show Me the Way and I'll Follow

(0) Comments | Posted November 14, 2013 | 9:24 AM

Michael Donnelly, YouthBuild McLean County (IL) graduate, YouthBuild USA National Alumni Council member, Community Impact Manager, United Way of McLean County

As I sit in my office, I look around and see the motivational pictures that I have up and the books that I read periodically that remind me of...

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Love: The Core of Leadership, Innovation, and Adaptation

(0) Comments | Posted November 6, 2013 | 8:19 PM

Simran Sidhu Executive Director, YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School

As the Executive Director of the local YouthBuild program in Philadelphia, I am so proud to be part of a movement that is founded in crazy love and passion for young people. At the local level, this core of love and passion...

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

(0) Comments | Posted October 28, 2013 | 4:14 PM

Ayanda Makaula, Acting CEO of the National Youth Development Agency, South Africa

When the father of our nation, Mr Nelson Mandela, took office in 1994, he was faced with a myriad of development challenges resulting from the legacy of apartheid and colonialism. Foremost amongst these challenges was what to...

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Thanking a Champion of YouthBuild

(0) Comments | Posted October 22, 2013 | 11:56 AM

At YouthBuild's 35th Anniversary event on October 2, 2013 at the Ford Foundation, tribute was paid to Secretary of State John Kerry. Here, Michael Parker, a YouthBuild graduate, shares his personal history with the then Senator Kerry.

When I first started the YouthBuild program in East Harlem I was 24...

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A Stronger, More Diverse YouthBuild Movement

(1) Comments | Posted October 17, 2013 | 11:15 AM

Tim Cross, President, YouthBuild International

I first witnessed the essence of YouthBuild in the actions of young people in East Harlem, New York back in 1988. Over these last 25 years I have seen it transform lives and communities in my hometown of Boston, across this nation and now outside...

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What YouthBuild Has Learned Over 35 Years

(0) Comments | Posted October 4, 2013 | 12:07 PM

Dorothy Stoneman, Founder and CEO, YouthBuild USA, Inc

We believe in the inherent goodness and sacred value of every human being. We believe that the talents and intelligence of young people around the world who were born into difficult circumstances through no fault of their own are an enormous, untapped...

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Searching for Superman and Finding Myself

(0) Comments | Posted February 25, 2013 | 5:18 PM

Joel Miranda, Director of Leadership Development, YouthBuild USA

Playing Batman and Robin as a child is one of the fondest, perhaps most innocent, memories I recall. I remember tirelessly running around with a towel tucked in my shirt, sounding out each "BAM" "CRACK" or "KAPOW" as I fought imaginary villains...

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Making Choices

(1) Comments | Posted February 25, 2013 | 3:15 PM

By Naja Bland, Youthbuild Philadelphia Charter School Graduate, VP National Young Leaders Council, YouthBuild USA

In life, we all make choices, whether good or bad. These choices always lead us somewhere, some good, and some bad. When I was younger, I made some choices that limited my potential. I...

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YouthBuild and Plato's Allegory of the Cave

(0) Comments | Posted February 20, 2013 | 6:07 PM

By Albert Kim, Associate Director of Education, YouthBuild USA

As Brandon Menjares approached the podium for his YouthBuild Just-A-Start graduation speech, I fully expected to be blown away. If there is anything that my short time at YouthBuild has taught me, it's that YouthBuild students and graduates are...

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From Statistic to Entrepreneur through YouthBuild

(0) Comments | Posted February 20, 2013 | 5:38 PM

By Patrick Breton, YouthBuild Brockton Graduate, Academy for Transformation, YouthBuild USA

I attended YouthBuild Brockton in the fall of 2007 because I wanted to get my life on the right track. I had a long history of smoking marijuana and selling drugs throughout the Boston area. I stole cars, shoplifted,...

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Building Futures and Helping Others

(0) Comments | Posted February 13, 2013 | 3:21 PM

By Gomah Wonleh, YouthBuild Providence Graduate, Assistant Career and Training Director, Building Futures

When I started at YouthBuild Providence, I had no skills and no sense of direction. I didn't know what I wanted to do, but knew I had to do something. While I was going through the construction...

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Helping Young People Realize Their Career Aspirations

(0) Comments | Posted February 12, 2013 | 5:58 PM

By Olga M. Merchán, Director of Workforce Strategy, YouthBuild USA

When I was a ten-year-old girl growing up in Colombia, I wanted to become a zoologist and research great apes like Dian Fossey after watching a TV show featuring her work in the mountains of Rwanda. Throughout middle and high...

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Harnessing the Power Within

(0) Comments | Posted February 8, 2013 | 11:27 AM

By Lashon Amado, 2009 YouthBuild Brockton Graduate, Student VOICES Coordinator, YouthBuild USA

Growing up in a single-parent home was challenging enough, but coming from a family that had never pursued higher education left me without role models or advisors to promote the benefits of a college education.

From the...

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Positioning Opportunity Youth to Be Tomorrow's Leaders

(1) Comments | Posted February 1, 2013 | 4:43 PM

Daryl Wright, Vice President Knowledge and Career Development, YouthBuild USA

I was raised in Flint, Michigan and came of age in Detroit in the late 1970's, early '80s. I remember having friends in high school who expected to work in factories upon graduating while I sought a college degree. For...

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Building Bridges Between Leadership and Career Development

(0) Comments | Posted January 28, 2013 | 1:06 PM

By Ely Flores, Founder, Leadership through Empowerment, Action, and Dialogue Inc.
Outreach Manager, GRID Alternatives, Greater Los Angeles, 2005 LA CAUSA YouthBuild Graduate

A YouthBuild staff member once told me, "A leader does not have to be a certain age, and a leader can be anyone." At...

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New Career Development Approach for a New Economy

(0) Comments | Posted January 22, 2013 | 9:00 AM

By Scott Emerick, Vice President of Education, YouthBuild USA

I grew up in Catawba County North Carolina. When I was young, unemployment there was about 5 percent. More than half the furniture produced in the U.S. came from within 200 miles of my home town. But by the time I...

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