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Young Voices from Prison: Invest in Us So We Don’t End Up Here!

Alvin clears off his space in the kitchen and brings over the makings of a big salad. His hair is neatly combed back, he’s wearing his uniform and, after taking a quick look out the window at the sparkling blue waters below, he gets to work. But Alvin, age 28, is not working in a restaurant...

How to Celebrate the International Day of the Girl? Join Malala

I had just gotten off the phone with my daughter in New York, who sometimes calls me as she walks to work to offer a few quick updates on life, work, and love, when my eyes caught a terrifying headline on the newspaper lying on my kitchen table. "Taliban gun down a girl who spoke up for rights...

The Spirit of the Olympics Needs to Flourish in Every Community

Like millions of others around the world, I’ve been glued to the TV for days watching the drama of the Olympics unfold in my living room. My favorite events were diving and gymnastics, perhaps because I competed in those sports as a kid. I also loved watching the games for their ability to unite...

Young People & Violence: The Aurora Shooting Demands Answers

The midnight massacre carried out by a young man in a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, raised painful questions for me and so many others about how it could have been prevented, including how can we, as citizens, still tolerate...