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Lindsay Torrico

By Lindsay Torrico


Join the Global Campaign to Support International Literacy Day

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On September 8, International Literacy Day, United Way is joining with education organizations across the globe to focus attention on the need to promote worldwide literacy. For over 40 years now, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and its partners have been celebrating International Literacy Day by reminding the international community that literacy is critical for a healthy society and the foundation of all learning. In countries all over the world the day raises people's awareness of and concern for literacy challenges within communities.

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09/04/14

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Mei Cobb

By Mei Cobb


International Youth Day:  Youth Volunteering For Youth

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International Youth Day (IYD) is observed each year on August 12. Endorsed by the United Nations General Assembly in 1999, IYD is an opportunity to draw attention to youth issues worldwide. This year’s theme focuses on “Youth and Mental Health” under the slogan of “Mental Health Matters.”

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08/12/14

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Lindsay Torrico

By Lindsay Torrico


#FirstGen: Helping First-Generation College Students Succeed

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On August 6, United Way co-hosted a Twitter Chat on innovative policies and practices that can improve first generation college success. The goal of the Twitter Chat was to identify challenges that first generation students encounter on the road to and through college and to highlight effective practices for supporting students to succeed in their postsecondary aspirations.
 
Other co-hosts included Eric Waldo, Executive Director of First Lady Michelle Obama's Reach Higher Initiative; Michael & Susan Dell Foundation; I’m First; Let's Get Ready; First Generation Film; SEO Scholars; College Greenlight; The National Council of Young Leaders; Bottom Line; College Summit; Graduate NYC!; The Forum for Youth Investment; Demos; and SparkAction.org.

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08/11/14

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Jesse Marcus

By Jesse Marcus


A Story About Education…or Is It?

Change has come to Pamdu, a close-knit community in southern Ghana.

Our story begins with 16-year old Suleiman Ibrahaim, a young man who is no longer missing classes at school. What accounts for his improved attendance rate? It’s not a new school. It’s not better teachers. It’s actually something as simple as water.

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07/21/14

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Mei Cobb

By Mei Cobb


Tapping in to Next Generation Volunteers and Leaders

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Education is the cornerstone of individual and community success. What can we do to improve education in our communities? Pledging to become a volunteer reader, tutor or mentor is one way to help children and youth achieve their potential. Another is to tap into the energy of motivated teenagers and help them understand how to contribute to early grade education.

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07/10/14

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