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Mei Cobb

By Mei Cobb


National Reading Day:  A Great Day to Read and Volunteer

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Today is National Reading Day in the U.S. Before you curl up with your favorite magazine or a new book, remember how you learned to read and consider paying it forward to a young reader. National Reading Day aims to help Pre-K through third grade students develop the literacy skills they need to become lifelong learners. United Way and other nonprofit groups, schools, libraries, parents and volunteers participate in a variety of activities with younger readers on National Reading Day.

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01/23/15

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Mei Cobb

By Mei Cobb


Volunteer on Martin Luther King Day: Now is Our Time to Change the World

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“Now is our time to change the world. Selma is now.” said the actor and rapper Common upon accepting a 2015 Golden Globe award for a song from the film, “Selma.” The historical drama is based on the 1965 voting rights marches led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and other civil rights leaders. As we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. King on January 19th, I hope that many will take those words to heart by volunteering, and make the holiday a day on, not just another day off.

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01/16/15

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Mei Cobb

By Mei Cobb


5 Reasons to Celebrate Volunteer Mentors

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January is National Mentoring Month in the U.S., a good time to celebrate all that volunteer mentors can do to help youth succeed. By making time to develop an ongoing relationship with at-risk youth, mentors can help children:

  1. Avoid using drugs or alcohol;
  2. Get better grades in school;
  3. Develop self-confidence;
  4. Trust their teachers; and
  5. Set goals and raise expectations.
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01/14/15

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Mei Cobb

By Mei Cobb


Volunteering: A Path Upward for Disconnected Youth

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Consider this: 5.6 million U.S. teens and young adults ages 16 to 24 are neither in school nor working. Many of these “disconnected youth” are simply cut off from education and career paths that could help them live a good life and make positive contributions to our society and our economy.

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01/11/15

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Brian Cox

By Brian Cox


How to Make Your New Year’s Resolution Mean Something—Advice from Maya Moore

It’s New Year’s Eve, a time for reflection of the year behind us, and a great moment to look ahead to the future. We spoke with our good friend, the talented WNBA star, Maya Moore, about her plans for 2015 and how she stays on track with resolutions in her efforts to continuously improve herself and the community around her.

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12/31/14

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