The Power of Young People to Change the World

The Power of Young People to Change the World

This show is perfect for youth who want to change the world and for adults who want to foster youth innovation and imagination through real-world education. Youth listeners gain a connection to other young people who are passionate about making the world a better place by addressing issues like climate change, education equity, poverty, mental health, and more. Adult listeners are inspired by stories of youth as change agents and gain practical advice on how to partner with youth and how to incorporate service-learning into their classrooms, afterschool programs or homes. Youth are recognized as partners who understand their rights and obligation to act in the benefit of the public good. From young people who are affected by issues, to adult allies who work with them, join me to discover and discuss leadership that creates space for each person to take ownership and affect change so that all people are inspired to Serve. Learn. Change the world.

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July 29, 2021 60 min
What happens when you combine social-emotional and leadership development with the performing arts? You get Global Girls, Inc. Join us to hear how students are creating and staging original works that not only entertain, but also unpack, challenge, and heal. Spirited, soulful, and authentic productions evolve from conversations around first-person narratives. As themes emerge, songs, improvisations and dances follow and result in “...
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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.
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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 mak...
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July 8, 2021 60 min
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.
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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.
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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 ...
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June 17, 2021 60 min
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.
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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 ...
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“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 thei...
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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 a...
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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.
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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 ...
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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...
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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.
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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 serv...
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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 Car...
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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 we...
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April 1, 2021 60 min
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!
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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 Meue...
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March 18, 2021 60 min
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 reimag...
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