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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 Mobilize.org, 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.
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).
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.