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January 1, 2007
“Stop the Silence” to End Child Abuse
Seven years ago, I was sitting at my desk when some language in a request for proposals for research on societal violence struck me. I was working exclusively as an ...
January 1, 2007
Youth ActionNet 2008 Fellows: Video Interviews
Youth ActionNet rovides a virtual community for young leaders. These cool video interviews of young activists were filmed during the 2008 Global Fellowship Retreat in ...
September 25, 2006
Taking Latinos from the Streets to the Polls
Young, U.S.-born Latinos who took to the streets in massive numbers to push for immigrant rights are hoping to become a potent political force in this year's midterm ...
August 14, 2006
Luis Santos: 2006 Essay Contest Winner
High schools do support the academic needs of today's high schools well. There seems to be a very high percentage of college-bound students, which would indicate that ...
August 14, 2006
Sandi Campos: 2006 Essay Contest Winner
A person's high school years have always been said to be the best of their lives. Not only is it supposed to be a time of meeting and befriending new people who are ...
August 6, 2006
David Young: 2006 Essay Contest Winner
United States high schools, I feel, do a pretty good job of supporting the academic, social needs, and interests of today's students. In today's schools, we have so ...
July 17, 2006
World of Opportunity Welcomes All Comers
SparkAction (at press time, Connect for Kids)
Low-income students who drop out—or are pushed out—of school without a high school diploma face long odds in their search for a path to a successful and ...
July 10, 2006
Hockey Scores with Special-Needs Kids
Ice hockey fans are devoted to their sport, unfazed by the game's physical demands, cumbersome equipment, and the red-hot competition for ice time. Massachusetts is ...
July 3, 2006
A New Take On School-to-Career Connections: MUSE
Connect for Kids (now SparkAction)
It's a question that pops out during a ride in the car, at the dinner table, through a recently-slammed door after a fight about finishing up homework: "What good is ...
June 19, 2006
Young Writers Finding a Powerful Voice
Youth Communication, the non-profit founded by Keith Hefner in New York City to give young people a voice on the things that matter to them, is now 25 years ...
June 12, 2006
Using the Arts to Tame Katrina's Emotional Force
Building kites, drawing, creating an on-line communitythese are some of the ways that young survivors of Hurricane Katrina are expressing themselves as part of ...
May 30, 2006
Scouting Out School Wellness
Thanks to new legislation, schools across the country have to roll out comprehensive new wellness policies before the start of the next school year. It's an issue ...
May 30, 2006
Adoring Listeners Give Struggling Readers a Boost
As the ultimate companion animals, dogs have spent centuries perfecting their special skillswhether it's herding sheep, catching Frisbees, or making humans feel ...
May 15, 2006
Standing Up for Separated Siblings
Entering foster care is traumatic for any childeven more so when siblings are separated. High school senior Kala Clark of Maine, who entered care at age 12, ...
May 8, 2006
Engineered by Women, for Girls
The dearth of women—especially minority women from low-income families—in the fields of engineering, science and technology is long-standing, and hard to ...
April 3, 2006
Building Better Preschools
Great teachers, plenty of books, toys and other materials, strong connections with parents and familiesthese are aspects of quality preschool that we hear a lot ...
March 27, 2006
Leonardo’s Basement: Hands-On Haven for Kids
Imagine it. Plan it. Make it. That’s the basic formula for the popular after-school and summer classes offered by Leonardo’s Basement, a Minneapolis, Minn. program ...
March 20, 2006
Teens Help Teens Stay Safe Online
While parents worry about potential dangers to their children lurking in our web-surfing, IM-ing, text-messaging culture, their efforts to help can be hampered by ...
February 13, 2006
A Younger Take on the State of the Union
We've all heard the pundits and politicians give their reviews of President Bush's State of the Union Speech delivered on January 31. Children's Press Line editor ...
January 30, 2006
Detroit's Tough Times Spur Effort to Help Schools
The national spotlight is shining on Detroit, as Superbowl XL roars into town. But after the glitz and glitter are gone, nearly half of the children in this ...
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