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Empowering Young Minds at the White House

Washington, D.C.  Yesterday marked the 10th year that the White House has participated in “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day.” This year, in order to give more kids an opportunity to grow and broaden their horizons, the White House expanded its program beyond the children of Executive Office of the President staff to […]

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On Countering Extremism: Youth Represent Promise – not Peril

New York, N.Y.  Involving youth in peacebuilding processes the world over is essential to lasting global stability and stemming the growth of radicalism, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared today in remarks delivered to a Security Council session devoted to the role of youth in countering violent extremism and promoting peace. Crown Prince Al Hussein Bin Abdullah […]

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On Leadership, College Awards, Cooperates with Foundation

With Ryan D. Turnewitsch 1972: walking up the hill to Marietta Junior High School in Ohio, I never imagined I would one day be working in developing nations around the world – or cooperating with Marietta College to develop the leadership needed to do so. The author receiving Marietta College’s prestigious McDonough Award for Excellence in […]

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How Losing My Son to Meningitis Created a Dedicated Community

With Lynn Bozof New York, N.Y.  I first met Lynn Bozof, president of the National Meningitis Association (NMA), three years ago when I wrote for this publication, Meningitis: Give Kids a Shot — Save a Kid’s Life.  I was particularly impressed with her dedication to doing something with the enormous loss she had encountered. Lynn’s son Evan was a junior at Georgia […]

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UNICEF: ‘Swift, Courageous’ Action Needed on Illegal Migration

New York, N.Y.  The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has urged the international community to commit to “swift, collective and courageous action” and address the surge in illegal migration across the Mediterranean Sea which has resulted in the loss of hundreds of lives and endangered innumerable children. Onboard an Italian ship, a Syrian father holds […]

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Nine Yalies win Soros Fellowships for New Americans

New Haven, CT.  Nine past, current, and soon-to-be students at Yale are among the 30 winners of 2015 Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans. Harkness Tower Canopy Highsmith by Carol M. Highsmith. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons. The fellows, selected from a pool of 1,200 applicants, will receive tuition and stipend […]

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Home Health Workers Are Invisible Force in ‘Fight for $15’

New York, N.Y.  More than half of home health workers are women of color. They’re well-trained, but wages remain low in an industry that’s booming. Generic imageTHINKSTOCK. Labor forces are planning the largest rally in decades—their latest effort in an uprising against low wages. On April 15 these workers will join their voices to demand […]

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At U.N., Tennis Legend Says Human Rights and Sports ‘a Perfect Fit’

New York, N.Y.  Tennis legend and gender equality activist Billie Jean King has had a stellar career in sports, identifying the boundaries that divide people and tearing them down. She was the first woman athlete to win over $100,000 in prize money in 1971 and, 10 years later, the first professional athlete to be “outed” […]

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Empowering Young Minds at the White House

On Countering Extremism: Youth Represent Promise – not Peril

On Leadership, College Awards, Cooperates with Foundation

Obama’s Approval Rating Is Trending Up

How Losing My Son to Meningitis Created a Dedicated Community

Ban Ki-Moon Urges Faith Leaders to Speak Against Injustice, Brutality