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Why Are Global Issues Important? Reflections from youth in our community

Why are global issues so important? Here’s what a few of us came up with during a call tonight: It is important to build relationships with students from all the world to have meaningful conversations. It is important to build awareness about different cultures and helps to decrease the amount …

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Social Change? Now’s a Great Time to Start

by Danielle Orellana. “Endurance and perseverance will be rewarded,” stated a fortune cookie I received around 17 years old at my local Chinese restaurant. “Could it really be destined just to me?” I thought at the time. Well certainly, but not just to me but also to all of you. …

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What is a Terrorist, Anyway?

Libyan rebels rejoice after a military victory over government forces (Source: Magharebia) Considering the disproportionate amount of Jihadist terrorism that is often depicted by the media, it is understandable to believe that Islam itself is the cause of terrorism. However, I choose to stay away from this train of thought. The Merriam-Webster …

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Why We Should Care About the Syrian Civil War

Anjali Mishra Early 2011, teenagers were arrested after painting revolutionary slogans on school walls. Pro-democracy protests erupted on the streets on Deraa, leading to open fire by security forces on demonstrators. In only four years, 200,000 Syrians lost their lives from the civil war that ensued. Even worse, 11 million …

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The Pope, Immigration, Youth and Social Change

By Anna-Marie Rodriguez. “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” The words of Pope Francis resonate far beyond the walls of Congress, as his valuable wisdom captivates the hearts of hundreds of thousands of inspired citizens. From community hosted public viewings to spreading his word through …

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The Importance of Youth in Africa

By Mary Kate Cronin. “I do not see the countries and peoples of Africa as a world apart; I see Africa as a fundamental part of our interconnected world – partners with America on behalf of the future we want for all of our children. That partnership must be grounded …

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