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“We Are All Dreamers”
Maurice Jones

LISC CEO Maurice Jones weighs in on the critical role immigrants have always played in the social, economic and spiritual life of this country. The Dreamers, as 800,000 young people supported by the DACA program are known, are valuable assets to our schools, workplaces and neighborhoods, and we need their participation, just as they need a pathway to citizenship.

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THE 15-YEAR-OLD FEMALE PRESIDENT
Tyler Riewer

“I was chosen because I know how to read and write.” Natalia responds. “But also because I can maintain progress.” Her committee members nod in agreement, and it becomes clear that Natalia is not your average 15-year-old.

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Millions of Kids Could be Denied Education if Trump Budget Cuts Go Through
Joe McCarthy

These are all children who benefit from UNICEF’s school programs, which is one of hundreds of organizations that are supported in part by the United States’ chief foreign aid agency, USAID. But many of the advances that have been made in recent years to achieve universal education could be unraveled as Congress weighs whether to accept the Trump administration’s proposed 52% cut to international education spending. It would disrupt organizational structures that have been painstakingly developed over many years and would throw the educations of millions of kids into uncertainty.

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Accessible High Quality Sustainable Education For All
Allison Kooser

For many of us in the United States, our formative years were spent in school, learning to think, interact and discover. School served as the backdrop of our childhoods, and equipped us to achieve our goals as adults. It shaped us into the people we are today. We know that education matters.

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Why This Super Woman Grows Super Foods for Her Community
Megan Gieske

The townships surrounding Cape Town, South Africa, can be described as a “food desert,” where fresh fruit and vegetables are not available. Where concrete has now paved over any gardens or green spaces, except for one in Gugulethu. Ntombi Mbinda, the force behind the garden, invites students to learn tending, best practices for nutrition, and empowers them to invest in their community.“If you eat healthy, you can make a difference,” she says, “and I really know I’m making a difference. I know what I’m doing helps people.”

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For Too Many Women, Access to Water Is About More Than Thirst
Nicole Wickenhauser

Every day, millions of women and children around the world walk an average of 3.7 miles in order to collect water that’s often unclean and unsafe for consumption by their families. These millions of women and children spend a collective 125 million hours a day collecting water—only to return to their homes where they labor to ensure the health and well-being of their entire families.

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Malala Just Asked the President of Nigeria to Declare a State of Emergency For Education
Alice Jowett

Malala Yousafzai has called for a state of emergency for education to be declared in Nigeria. On Monday, Malala – the 20-year-old Nobel Prize winner – met with the acting president of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, to discuss the importance of investing in children’s education in the region. The human rights activist is visiting the West African country as part of her #GirlPowerTrip.

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Girl Scouts Add a New Leadership Goal — Cybersecurity
Joe McCarthy

Girl Scouts will soon be adding new cookies to their collection — your Internet history. The youth organization known for Thin Mints and Samoas is teaming up with Palo Alto Networks to bring cybersecurity education to potentially millions of girls. This partnership is a way to break down gender barriers in the technology world, fill a much-needed employment gap in the cybersecurity industry, and get youth members ready for an increasingly digitized future.

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Hillcrest High School Principal Greg Leavitt, the overarching goal of the program is to set up ninth-graders for success as they start high school.
Students Get Paid to Attend Summer School, But See Other Rewards
Marjorie Cortez

For Hillcrest High School Principal Greg Leavitt, the overarching goal of the program is to set up ninth-graders for success as they start high school. “If you can create a successful ninth-grader, that’s the biggest predictor whether someone is going to graduate and be successful. So we have to catch those kids in that eighth to ninth-grade transition,” Leavitt said.

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