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FRAC's recently released report outlines the following key provisions it deems essential for the nation to meet President Obama's goal of ending child hunger by 2015. Those provisions include: 

A top priority for national health reform is to ensure that everyone has access to high-quality, affordable health insurance, especially the 45 million individuals, mostly adults, who are uninsured.

The World Youth Movement for Democracy (www.wymd.org), a youth network of the World Movement for Democracy (www.wmd.org), is pleased to announce the launch of its Global Essay Contest.

The Witness to Hunger program armed 40 mothers with video cameras and set them out to document their lives and what it takes to feed a family in tight times. "These women are the experts on what it's like to deal with the consequences of what our lawmakers decide," says the program's creator Mariana Chilton. On June 2, 2009, these experts shared their stories on Capitol Hill.

A new federal study has found that volunteering produces many positive benefits for teens from low-income backgrounds - they become empowered, are more likely to volunteer and become politically engaged, and believe they will graduate from college and make a difference in their communities.

I will never look at my Saturday afternoons in quite the same way. This winter my previously immovable soccer-watching mania was usurped by classes in a tiny recreational hall in a housing estate in southwest Houston.

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VolunteerMatch can connect you to local opportunities that match your skills and interests. You can find jobs, internships, volunteer opportunities and more using their interactive map or zip-code match system.

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Ready to take action locally, or looking for a meaningful career or internship? Idealist provides information about thousands of nonprofit organizations around the world. Look for a gig, advertise a job opening or opportunity, get your organization listed on the site, create a link to or from your website, etc. using your zipcode and other interactive tools.

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The nation’s largest grantmaker supporting service and volunteering, the Corporation sponsors AmeriCorps, Learn and Serve America and Senior Corps to help people of of all ages and backgrounds to express their patriotism while addressing critical community needs.

Youth programs in our country really do work, according to two short reports by the American Youth Policy Forum. But how do we shape policy and programs to build a better tomorrow? Some Things Do Make a Difference For Youth: A Compendium of Evaluations of Youth Programs profiles forty-nine youth intervention programs and identifies the characteristics that make them work.

Tools to Improve Communities

June 27, 2011
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Reclaiming Futures
Karen Pittman (left), President and CEO of the Forum for Youth Investment, has a saying about working with teens that's worth repeating: "Problem-free is not fully prepared."
June 23, 2011
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National Civic League
The National Civic League recognizes ten communities each year for outstanding civic accomplishments.
June 21, 2011
Hundreds of youth turn out to protest NYC budget cuts.
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NY Daily News
Hundreds of children and youth turned out at New York's City Hall to protest Mayor Bloomberg's proposed budget cuts. Youth groups cited worries about the impact the budget will have on their parents' financial well being, cuts to summer jobs, runaway shelters, and afterschool programs they say keep kids safe.
June 17, 2011
President Obama
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The White House
The Obama administration has pledged to participate in 100 Youth Roundtables all across the country this spring.
June 17, 2011
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The White House
The President announced a new series that will take us through the summer, called, “How to Make Change.” This series will specifically foster a conversation between young Americans, advocates, and the White House on the issues that matter to all. Check out the announcement in the video below, and read more about the summer series in the linke below.
June 17, 2011
Oscar Winner Melissa Leo
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Young and Homeless in the City
Oscar winner Melissa Leo is featured in a new video advocating the restoration of $7.3 million to New York City's homeless and runaway youth services budget.  Ms. Leo spoke out as part of the campaign, Young and Homeless in the City.  Mayor Bloomberg's proposed budget cut eliminates more than 50% of the funding for youth shelters and support services, according to youth advocates.
June 13, 2011
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The White House
Know someone who is doing extraordinary things to make a difference in your community? Nominate them to be a Champion of Change!   It's part of the President Obama's challenge to help win the future by out-educating, out-innovating, and out-building our competitors in the 21st century.
June 13, 2011
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University of Minnesota Extension Service
The University of Minnesota Extension Center for Youth Development has launched Youth Development Insight, a blog in which our state faculty and educators share their views on current issues in the field of youth development, and invite researchers, educators, youth workers, policymakers and other leaders in youth development to weigh in with their opinions.  
June 13, 2011
Eddy Ameen
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SparkAction
As bullying-related suicides and violence grab national headlines, Washington, DC, is considering an anti-bullying law, following in the footsteps of 45 other states with such bills. But what does it take to make these bills effective?  In this SparkAction blog, Eddy Ameen takes a look.
June 7, 2011
Nina and other young people appear on the "Dr. Phil Show".
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MTV Act
After the suicide of a friend due to cyberbullying, Nina, a 19-year-old from New Jersey, became active in WiredSafety's Teen Angels program that helps volunteers educate their peers on how to avoid cyberbulling and take control of their digital lives.