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Act.MTV announces the winner of the College Affordability Challenge, which called on current and aspiring college students to imagine innovative digital tools to reimagine and simplify the financial aid process. The finalists were selected from hundreds of submissions from students in 48 states.

President Bill Clinton writes exclusively for MTV's action blog on graduation rates, postsecondary success, technology, financial aid, and what he's doing about it.

Ayofemi Kirby, Director of Communications for, reflects on Seth Godin's new book and what it means to be a leader for social change.

The Department of Education was present and listening at February's National Youth Summit: Voices in Action.  This entry covers the top 5 most prominent issues.

Yesterday, March 23rd, students across the country participated in the first ever Democracy Day.

Author Tarsi Dunlop on the National Mall

Though the statistics show Millennials are the least engaged generation, Tarsi Dunlop sees a number of promising trends both in the data, and from her own observations.

Across the country Boys and Girls Clubs and other after-school programs are demonstrating their impact on improving in-school performance for their members. The National Collaboration for Youth reports on evaluation research and success stories.  Click the link below for the full report (PDF).

Michael Moore

Are you a high school student and a citizen journalist? Michael Moore wants you.

Fifteen million troubled kids who need a mentor don't have one, according to The Mentoring Group, which links troubled kids with responsible adults. In Portland, Ore., Friends of the Children tries to bridge that gap through paid mentors. Anthony Blackmon credits the program for giving him confidence to pursue his dream in music. Listen to the NPR audio or read the story.


At the 2011 National Mentoring conference focused on cutting dropout rates in half, First Lady Michelle Obama helped launch the Corporate Mentoring Challenge - a call for U.S.

Tools to Improve Communities

September 22, 2011
Produced by:
The White House
We the People provides everyone with a new way to petition the federal government to take action on a range of issues online. Individuals will be able to create or sign a petition that calls for action by the federal government on a range of issues.
September 19, 2011
Produced by:
The Peace Alliance
What's better than ice cream to get people together and talk about issues that really matter?    Join the Peace Alliance on Tuesday, September 20 in celebrating the International Day of Peace! Enjoy free Ben & Jerry’s ice cream and learn about how Congress can champion peace through the Youth PROMISE Act (H.R.
September 19, 2011
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Every Child Matters
Save the date! On October 15, join Every Child Matters and other advocates in a non-partisan, national event spotlighting the needs of America's children on the National Mall in Washington, DC and all over the country.
September 9, 2011
'Glee' Star Kevin McHale on Behalf of The Trevor Project
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As part of National Suicide Prevention Week, the Trevor Project and Glee star Kevin McHale are proposing something revolutionary: talking. Not texting, emailing or leaving Post-Its--just having real, old-fashioned conversations. It's called Talk to Me, and it's a campaign for conversation. Conversation that could save lives.
September 7, 2011
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U.S. Department of Education
The Department of Education is asking for public comment on proposed plans for the new U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools recognition program.
September 7, 2011
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Half in Ten
We are currently living through an unprecedented era of high unemployment and growing poverty.  Now more than ever it is important to ensure that everyone’s basic needs are being met, including those related to food.  State plans to end hunger should play an important role in achieving that goal.
August 31, 2011
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Center for American Progress
The Center for American Progress is looking for new fellows for their Leadership Institute!   The Leadership Institute seeks to identify, equip, and advance a new generation of leaders from diverse backgrounds and communities to assume responsible roles in the development and implementation of progressive public policies.
August 30, 2011
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Generations United, Children's Defense Fund
Join Generations United, Children's Defense Fund, and other organizazations on September 15th at 1:00 p.m. at the U. S.
August 29, 2011
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Afterschool Alliance
Join 1 million Americans and 7,500+ communities nationwide in celebrating the afterschool programs that keep our kids safe, inspire them to learn and help working families. Click the link below to plan and find events in your community.
August 29, 2011
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Project Learning Tree
Do you have an idea for a school/community native plant garden, a forest improvement project, a streamside restoration plan, a recycling program, or energy conservation project for your students?  Need funds to implement it? Apply for a Project learning Tree Greenworks grant.