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Tools to Improve Communities

June 13, 2011
Produced by:
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
Produced by:
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
Produced by:
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".
Produced by:
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.
May 30, 2011
Jan Richter
Produced by:
SparkAction
After recent statements by high-profile politicians dismissed young Americans' value in civic life—and states enacting voter ID laws—Janis Richter is questioning some baby boomers' stance on youth engagement.
May 27, 2011
Thomas Bates is Rock the Vote's Vice President of Civic Engagement.
Produced by:
Rock the Vote
Thomas Bates, VP of Civic Engagement at Rock the Vote, clarifies and responds to Wisconsin's adoption of the strictest voter ID law in the country.
May 27, 2011
Common Good Forecaster map
Produced by:
American Human Development Project , United Way of America, United Way of America
The Common Good Forecaster is an interactive online tool that uses Census data to forecast the impact of increased educational attainment on such factors as health, civic engagement and crime.  Click on  any state and get detailed data both state-wide and per county on all levels of education in comparison with the overall health, wealth, and levels of community involvement to see the
May 19, 2011
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The Save Our Schools March will take place in Washington, DC on July 30th, 2011--supporters of public schools, from teachers to celebrities, will take part in this national call to action.  Get all the details in the link below.
May 18, 2011
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Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity
Jonathan Bloom explains the paradox of food waste and hunger in America, and gives simple steps of action towards a more sustainable, healthy, and fed nation.
May 16, 2011
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Students at the University of California, Santa Cruz took place in a national day of action called the Briefcase Brigades in April to start a discussion about youth unemployment and getting through college.  Check out their video below!