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Expanding Opportunities for Young People: A Mother’s Perspective

I recently watched my son Franklin graduate from law school—surely a moment to be treasured by his parents. As I sat back in the auditorium to savor the moment, I thought about the opportunities that were now open to him to pursue in his life, and how fortunate he was to have those choices. I...

Young Afghan Orphans Redefine the Meaning of Family & their Country's Future

For many people today, a family is still strictly defined as two parents and their children. But the six youth from an orphanage in Kabul, Afghanistan, whom I met last week at IYF's offices in Baltimore, Maryland, have a far more inclusive definition of family. And while they have experienced...

World AIDS Day: The Power of the Global Community to Address Even the Toughest Challenges

Just when I get beyond discouraged about the seemingly endless divisions tearing societies apart around the world, World AIDS Day reminds me of the remarkable impact the international community can have when it decides to unite around a shared...

Tunisia's Historic Election: A Painful Reminder of Voter Apathy in America

Like so many people around the world, I’ve been thrilled at reports from Tunisia over the past few days of citizens lining up to vote in huge numbers in the first free election in their nation’s history. It’s estimated that 90 percent of the country’s 4.1 million...