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Let’s Not Forget: Millions of Students Didn’t Go Back to School this Year

It’s been a happy and busy time for many families as their kids settle back into school. Once again, my Facebook feed filled with cheery first-day-of-school photos, then soccer and football shots. Sweet and awkward Homecoming pictures. It brings me great joy to see my friends and their children delight in the promise of another year – school buses, sports and dances, yes, but also another year of learning. Another year to be stretched by great books and new concepts. It will be another year to work toward fulfilling their potentials.

The Falls Church Episcopal, How Does Your Garden Grow?

Bok choy is not the only thing to grow in the fertile soil of The Falls Church Episcopal in Falls Church, VA.

Statement by InterAction Member CEOs on the Third Anniversary of the Syrian Civil War

The undersigned, member CEOs of InterAction, the largest alliance of U.S.-based international relief and development organizations, wish to express our deep concern for the families of the Syrian

AIYD Guiding Principles for Youth Development


The Guiding Principles for International Youth Development is the result of a collaborative effort by members of the Alliance for International Youth Development (AIYD).

Youth and Media: Political Engagement in New Spaces

"Young people in development are both a project of reform and agents of change. This population is not static. They engage on multiple levels.” – Dr .Loubna Skalli-Hanna, Author, Editor and Professor at American University, School of International Service

Education for Children and Youth in Conflict

As a result of the current conflicts in Syria and Mali, nearly 1 million children have difficult or no access to education. Thousands of schools have been damaged, destroyed or used for noneducational purposes. When these conflicts end, schools will lie in ruins, many teachers will have disappeared, and hundreds of thousands of children will have missed critical years of schooling. In many cases, this educational deficit will haunt them for the rest of their lives. 

When Disaster Strikes: Youth Are Youth Against All Odds

Six miles from the Jordan-Syria border there’s a safe haven for more than 20,000 Syrians who have fled their homes. Though far from the fighting, the refugee camp is still a distressing place for children and youth who make up almost half of the population. One of the few escapes the children have is a local playground constructed by Mercy Corps last year.


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