• Independence in Youth

    The United Nations recognizes July 15 as World Youth Skills Day which brings attention to the importance of helping young people acquire skills that could help them make informed life and work choices and helping provide them with an access to labor markets. The United Nations stated that member states have an important role in meeting the needs and aspirations of youth all over the world. The resolution calls United Nations member states, other international and regional organizations and civil society to raise awareness about World Youth Skills Day through education, campaigns, volunteering or other activities. In 2013, the United Nations estimated that there were74.5 million youth living in developing countries, with the majority of them being unemployed. Today we are featuring articles about organizations and topics dedicated to helping youth gain the skills they need to succeed or be empowered.

  • Gen Ed - Science

    Communication Article: The Importance of STEM in Our Classrooms

    Ever since the National Science Foundation coined the acronym STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), its future has looked very bright. Yet, there is still a sense of urgency in the United States to enhance education in STEM fields due to its potential to provide future economic prosperity and stability.

    STEM in Classrooms

    Nonprofit Spotlight: National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth

    More than one million students in the nation’s public school system are homeless. For many of these young people, attending school is the most stable aspect of their lives.

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    CPS - Boys and Girls

    Boys & Girls Clubs of America

    The first Boys Club of America was formed in 1860 in Hartford, Connecticut, by three social-conscious women: Mary Goodwin, Alice Goodwin, and Elizabeth Hammersley. For more than 150 years since, helping youth develop personal character has been an integral aspect of every Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) program or activity.

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    CPS - Holli Vah Seliskar

    My Moment in Public Service – “The Web”

    By Holli Vah Seliskar, Assistant Academic Chair, Criminal Justice 


    In working with at-risk youth through the United Way and the Mandel Foundation, I experienced several moments that affirmed and contributed to the person I am today.

    My Moment

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