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Identity Crisis: Are the Stakes of Our Educational and Professional Futures Too High? | Education on GOOD

Identity Crisis: Are the Stakes of Our Educational and Professional Futures Too High? | Education on GOOD | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
Parents have always held visions of what professional uniforms their sons or daughters should wear. These visions are becoming fetishes in a world in which professional titles provide license to a reframed American Dream.

 

Christina Freeland describes it as a "winner-take-all economy" in which "education is the trump card." Consequently, parents over time have increased their investments in education to ensure that their children are not second-class citizens in a high skilled economy.

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City Year corps members prove that civics is not just a course to take. Service is not a noble but extraneous distraction. Service helps translate classroom lessons of English into improved moral discernment in our neighborhoods. Service provides opportunities for students to decode mathematics into community building. Through deeds and presence, service helps make clear the choices we all possess to make conditions in our communities better. And isn't that the point to a great education?

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One Day in Schools Can Spark a Lifelong Commitment to a Cause

One Day in Schools Can Spark a Lifelong Commitment to a Cause | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it

"Why not volunteer on MLK Day?" was the confused response my 7-year-old son gave when his friend asked why he spent his 'day off' working with 1,000 other volunteers painting, organizing, and building in one of Brooklyn's most underperforming schools. Being a mother and the executive director of City Year New York has offered me many opportunities where my worlds serendipitously intersect and great moments like these are born. And in this particular moment I was reminded once again that the importance of service days like these isn't just the physical improvement we make to the schools we volunteer in, but rather the lasting impression we make in the minds of the volunteers who realize the impact they can have.

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Want to make a lasting impression and leave a rewarding impact? You do! Then, volunteer! You can do this any time!

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Redesigning 'Service': Why I Started a Design Group That Gives Away Half Its Work for Free

Redesigning 'Service': Why I Started a Design Group That Gives Away Half Its Work for Free | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
Redesigning 'Service': Why I Started a Design Group That Gives Away Half Its Work for Free

 

I started verynice in my apartment as an undergrad at UCLA by staying up late every night to design all kinds of things for non-profit organizations that I would find on craigslist and on campus, at no cost to them. At the time, I had a difficult time seeing verynice as a business, and I never bothered to ask myself the question: “How do I scale the impact I am making?”

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Who would have envisioned pro-bono services outside law offices? A totally new spin on 'service' has been initiated by a young designer.

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At 826, Tomorrow

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At 826, Tomorrow's Volunteers are Today's Students

 

"I come here because I can relate to the students. I grew up this way. I struggled with English writing and English speaking. I know the importance of receiving positive reinforcement, and that's what students get when they come to 826LA. I volunteer because my heart is in helping students."—Vicente Ruvalcaba, 826LA volunteer

 

Imagine your city in the year 2050, when volunteering is as common as putting gas in your car or eating lunch. A time when individuals find the gratification they're searching for by helping and connecting with others. It can and must happen.

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The result will be more united, culturally richer, and stronger communities. Pledge 1 percent of your time—that’s 20 hours—to being part of the solution.

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Commit 1 Percent of Your Time to Service This Year

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We can do better than good. Together, we can be great.  As Martin Luther King, Jr.
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This may be a little late but it is never to late to be of service!

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