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The Power of Young People to Change the World
52 minutes | Jul 22, 2021
0722: Taking Action on Issues That Matter
Join us this week to hear from the student advisors of New York City's Department of Youth and Community Development. These young leaders have created a Youth Town Hall series to develop the youth agenda that will inform policy, practice, and programs across the city on issues like policing, systemic racism, education equity, and more.
53 minutes | Jul 15, 2021
0715: Easing the Burden of Homelessness Through Backpacks
What can college students do to address homelessness in their communities? The Backpack Project aims to answer this question by not only distributing backpacks in their hometown of Athens, Georgia but by spreading their successful model to other college towns around the country. Join us this week to hear how something as simple as a backpack, filled with essential toiletries, food, clothing, and more, can help those in need and make a lasting difference.
55 minutes | Jul 8, 2021
Kids Helping Kids
The recent pandemic has only amplified the existing academic challenges faced by marginalized groups in America. This week’s guest, Daxton Gutekunst, believes there is no one better to help young people in need than other young people. Listen now to hear how Daxton’s organization, KidByKid, is addressing educational disparities and bridging divides between youth in his community through free tutoring services.
55 minutes | Jul 1, 2021
Encore: 0304: Kid Power: Students as Engaged Leaders
What does it take to help students succeed academically, empower them to become engaged leaders, and responsible citizens, and foster healthy living? On this week's show, we will learn how Youth Service America is supporting expanded opportunities for students in afterschool programs like those at Kid Power Inc. We will meet 4th grader Keith who will share how he is leading change in his own community in D.C.
53 minutes | Jun 24, 2021
0624: Transforming Youth and the Environment
We have all heard the saying “teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” But how can we apply this lesson to empower youth for a lifetime? EarthForce is an organization engaging young people as active citizens who improve the environment and their communities now and in the future. Join us this week with EarthForce President, Vince Meldrum, and youth leaders Bridget, Ben, and Veronica to hear how they are mobilizing the power of young people to address one of the most pressing issues that our world is facing.
53 minutes | Jun 17, 2021
0617: Leadership by and with youth
How do you recognize youth as partners in decision-making? How do you actively build shared leadership that creates space for each person to take ownership and affect change? Join us this week to hear from Youth Advisory Council mentor Isabella Sullivan, as she shares her knowledge and expertise on youth voice and youth/adult partnerships that is the stepping stone to changing the world.
55 minutes | Jun 10, 2021
0610: Empowering Civic Action with Youthquake
The large political divides in America might feel like an unsolvable problem to some. Not Rachna Shah, our guest this week on “The Power of Young People to Change the World.” Rachna is the founder of Youthquake, a civic engagement program that exposes young people to differing political views and guides them toward creating change. Join us this week to hear how Rachna has turned passion into action and how she empowers other youth in her community.
55 minutes | Jun 3, 2021
0603: Addressing Mental Illness, Tackling Stigma
“Mental Illness Needs to be Destigmatized.” This was the founding idea of M.I.N.D., a service-learning project started by five high school students to address the urgent lack of conversations around mental health in their community. Recently, their impact was duly recognized by a national Youth Leadership in Service-Learning Excellency Award. Join us this week to hear from Tracy, Nomy, Nina, Fabienne, and Joscelynn, as well as their leader, Colleen DiDonato, about their passion for this important topic and their award-winning work on the M.I.N.D. project.
56 minutes | May 27, 2021
0527: Saving Lives Through Project Ignition
What would you do to save the lives of your friends and family? The students at Urbana High School have taken on this challenge through Project Ignition. Project Ignition engages teens across the country to create change. The impact is profound. The experiences are emotional. The lessons are unforgettable. Car crashes remain the number one cause of death for adolescents. Join us this week to hear how high school students Francky and Park along with their advisory Judy Weber Jones are saving lives across their community. Visit Urbanahighschoolprojectignition.weebly.com to learn more!
55 minutes | May 20, 2021
0520: One Small Step for Climate Action
Would you use something for 15 seconds if you knew it would take it more than 500 years to fully decompose? This is just one of the questions that today's guest will ask you in her quest to combat climate change. Listen in this week to meet Chloe Johnson, a high school environmental activist who is passionate about progress and solving problems for world betterment.
55 minutes | May 13, 2021
0513: Empowering Communities, Changing Lives
How are young people empowering communities to lead their own way to permanently rise out of poverty? Join us on this week's show to learn how educators and students are taking action through Global Brigades – an international nonprofit that is working systematically in communities across the world to empower volunteers and under-resources communities to resolve global health and economic disparities and inspire all involved to work together towards an equal world.
55 minutes | May 6, 2021
0506: Changing the World Through Hope and Hoppiness
On this week's show, meet Caleb Smith. At the age of 8, Caleb Smith decided to follow his dream to train endangered and rescued rabbits to become therapy animals. Today at 16, Caleb is a social entrepreneur who owns and operates a private 22-acre Mississippi River sanctuary called Peacebunny Island. The deal is simple: he saves the rabbits, and they help save us. Driven by an unbreakable desire to spread kindness and compassion, Caleb is using the power of his passion to change the world!
56 minutes | Apr 29, 2021
0429: From Passion to Action in Johannesburg
What do sustainable fashion and taking action on gender-based violence have in common? Tune in to this week's show to meet two students from the American International School of Johannesburg, and their teacher, Beatty Sekizenge. We will explore how they are addressing challenges facing their community through the power of service-learning and discuss what ice hockey looks like in South Africa.
55 minutes | Apr 22, 2021
0422: Inspiring Caring and Committed Global Citizens
In a world where you can be anything, be kind. We have all heard this saying many times but how do we support the development of kindness, caring, respect in today's young people? Join social-emotional learning expert and Senior Director of Practice with CASEL (the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning) Karen VanAusday along with the students from the Edina 212 Leadership group as we discuss how SEL and service-learning can grow kindness and caring in young people.
53 minutes | Apr 15, 2021
0415: Bridging the Divide - A Global Call to Action
This April students across the globe will join forces to tackle literacy and numeracy loss through a Global Call to Action service-learning project. The project is a partnership between the students and teachers at Study Alternative Center and Missouri State University in Springfield, MO, and St. Paul, MN-based National Youth Leadership Council. Join us this week to meet Study school teacher Elizabeth Nickle and student Jacob Carcione as we discuss the important topic of early childhood education and how students at Study are taking action through service-learning. Tune in and learn how you can get involved in your own community!
54 minutes | Apr 8, 2021
0408: Environmental Change-Makers of the Wetland Watchers
On this week's show meet Harry Hurst Middle School teacher Barry the Alligator Man Guillot and 8th-grade students Laila Gurley and Holly Avocato. The trio is part of The LaBranche Wetland Watchers, a service-learning project which was started many years ago as a way to utilize the beautiful Louisiana wetlands as an outdoor classroom where students could be fully immersed in science while learning about the many values of the wetlands and the many challenges that they face. Hear their inspiring stories of how young people are tackling everything from hurricane destruction to cultural preservation.
55 minutes | Apr 1, 2021
0401: The Power of Youth Voice
On this week's show, we will be joined by service-learning expert Julie Rogers Bascom, the Director of Learning and Leadership for the National Youth Leadership Council, and Bella Wren, college student, and youth change-maker. Join us for a lively discussion on the power of youth voice, opportunities for building shared leadership, and more!
55 minutes | Mar 25, 2021
0325: Driving Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Education
While service-learning has long been recognized for its strengths as an experiential inquiry-based process, it can also be a vehicle for social change. When students integrate diverse community perspectives into their identification of local assets and needs and involve a range of community partners in their actions, service-learning becomes a powerful strategy for anti-racist and culturally responsive teaching. Join host Amy Meuers as she sits down with college student Zahra Ali and educational leaders Sarah Miller and Malik Peer who are tackling issues of equity through Caring and Committed Conversations that drive changes in school culture and practices.
55 minutes | Mar 18, 2021
0318: Youth-Led Policy Change
What happens when a group of informed and engaged youth comes together to tackle state government? Tune in Thursday, March 18 at 5 pm CST /6 pm EST to hear how Bridgemakers, a youth-led grassroots organization, in partnership with the Minnesota-based nonprofit Youthprise, took on the state of Minnesota. Meet change-maker, founder, and Executive Director Walter Cortina as he shares how he is amplifying the voices of youth and reimagining and revitalizing Minnesota communities. Walter will be joined by fellow Bridgemaker and change-maker Cole Stevens who is a relentless entrepreneur with a focus on enriching the lives and communities of those most underserved and underprivileged, and providing opportunities for fulfillment and prosperity to his peers through his work.
55 minutes | Mar 11, 2021
0311: Student-Driven Solutions to Educational Inequity
What happens when you equip students to take action on issues that impact their education? This week's show will explore the power of youth voice and its impact on creating meaningful change in schools and communities. Guest Merrit Jones, Senior Advisor at Student Voice will share their recommendation to the newly appointed Secretary of Education, Miguel Cardona on how student voice can change the face of education.
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