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Welcome! Whether you're a community leader, a seasoned advocate, a young person looking to turn your concern into action or somewhere in between, you'll find guides, tools and ideas to help you make a difference.

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What could be better than a front row seat in the White House? Young people must apply by January 9, 2011 for a White House internship this summer.


Wall Streeters can spend their bonuses on whatever they want, but not while our children go hungry. Writer Allison Silberberg on the tax cut compromise, Wall Street bonuses and the Child Nutrition fight. Together they tell a story we may not want to hear.


How civically engaged are you? What about your neighbors? How easy is it to volunteer and get active in your state? The National Conference on Citizenship is working in partnership with states and cities across the country to release local Civic Health Index reports.

As in many rural areas, Hamburg's schools are the center of community life, and partnerships with the education system benefit the entire community.

We invite you to nominate up to two individuals for the 2011 Lewis Hine Awards for service to children and youth. These nationally recognized awards, now in their 25th year, are presented annually by the National Child Labor Committee (NCLC) to ten recipients.

Hunger Action Month is here!  Join us this September to help raise awareness and fight hunger in America--and make sure Congress passes a strong child nutrition bill before programs expire on September 30.

Take the "30 Ways in 30 Days" Pledge!
Feeding America invites you to take the Hunger Action Month

The new health reform law lays a critical foundation for addressing racial and ethnic health disparities. Families USA’s Minority Health Initiatives has created tools to help you explain how the new law benefits specific populations, make presentations to audiences working to advance equity, and understand key provisions.


Are we as a nation spending less on programs to benefit children and youth than in the past? To answer that question, we first need to know how much federal spending goes to children and youth. On July 14, 2010, First Focus held a Children’s Budget Summit to inform and galvanize advocates, policymakers, the media and the public. Missed the event?

Most scholars are expected to mentor junior colleagues, but they are provided few supports and resources to become strong mentors. Pay It Forward: Guidance for Mentoring Junior Scholars was jointly developed by the Forum for Youth Investment and the William T. Grant Foundation to add to the resources available to scholars who are mentoring others.

Five awards of $20,000 each will be given to nonprofit organizations working to make lasting, positive changes in their communities; this year, the program will also focus on volunteerism....

Tools to Improve Communities

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
Produced by:
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.
August 29, 2011
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Designed to help school leaders identify and implement actionable practices that set high-performing schools apart, the Middle Grades Action Kit for Superintendents and Principals is indispensable for middle grades leaders working to prepare students for high school—and get them on track for college and careers.
August 24, 2011
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Kaiser Health News
With the work of the 'super committee' picking up steam, news outlets report on how, while back in their districts for the August recess, some of the panelists are hearing concerns about Medicare and other entitlement programs. Meanwhile, former GOP Senator John Danforth recollects his first-hand experiences with the politics of deficit-cutting commissions.
August 23, 2011
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Children's Leadership Council
The children's advocacy collaborative the Children's Leadership Council and their allies submitted this letter to Congress in April encouraging them to consider struggling American families in budget debates.
August 22, 2011
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Opportunity Nation
The OpportunityNation Leaders Program is a national network of vocal opportunity advocates with personal experience facing barriers to opportunity and a track record of making meaningful change in their respective communities.
August 16, 2011
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Campaign for Youth Justice
October is National Youth Justice Awareness month! The purpose of this month of action is to raise awareness about youth prosecuted in the adult criminal justice system.  Over the past three years, events have been held across the country and have been successful in raising awareness and participation in important youth justice issues across the country.