Shelby & The Supreme Court

By Shelby H. As a young person, I get to witness history being made. This change is typically a new iPhone, presidential election or creation of new medicine. But sometimes, you’re lucky enough to witness not just history, but a change in the world; I knew I had experienced this […]


Graduating high school

By Gabe S. Graduating high school can be a very stressful and a surreal time for many. The realization of saying goodbye to those you love can leave you in disbelief. These unimaginable times are difficult to take in all at once and can leave you overwhelmed with emotions. Although […]

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Cassidy’s Dorm Sweet Dorm

Hi y’all! I’m coming to you from my dorm room all the way in Idaho. This video is all about giving you guys a few quick tips for improving your move-in experience and making your dorm room feel more like home! These are tips I followed as a freshman this […]


Supporting Youth in STEM

Failure has its own success, and struggle is necessary for growth. In the summer of 2016, I attended the Engineering Experience (E2) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. While I was there I met Dr. Mareena Robinson Snowden, who was a PhD Candidate at MIT’s Laboratory of Nuclear Security and […]

Rejection and How to Thrive in Spite of It

By Karina Ortiz “Thank you for applying to our University.  I’m sorry to inform you that we are unfortunately unable to offer you admission at this time.” Sound familiar? As a senior in high school, I have been applying to so many colleges this year and I’m not going to […]

Brandon J. at the Southeast Military Youth of the Year Celebration

Brandon’s military experience

By Brandon J. 2016 SE MYOY My military youth experience is a bit different from the typical military child. Although I hold the same identification and privilege card as my fellow military dependents, I don’t hold the same experiences as the majority. Over the years, I have interacted with many military […]

Teen-led color run event promotes bullying prevention and awareness in Kaua'i, HI.

Color run for bullying prevention & awareness

By Bryden K.   “Look past the reflection on someone else’s eye, because only then will you see from their point of view” – Anonymous Bullying is a world wide issue that is continuing to this day. Another being teen suicide, which often results from bullying. Our teen program back […]


Month of the Military Child: 5 tips for staying in touch

By Liz J. 2016 BGCA Overseas Military Youth of the Year   Like a lot of my fellow military children, I’ve moved a lot in my life! With every move, there have been some tough goodbyes. To celebrate April and The Month of the Military Child, I thought I’d share […]

Thousands of teachers and supporters rallying at the state capitol in Oklahoma. Courtesy of Courtney P.

Oklahoma teacher walkout ends: what now

By Courtney P. Setting a record for the largest teacher pay raise in the history of the state, Oklahoma teachers ended their nine-day walkout last week, and classrooms will resume. For more than 10 years, Oklahoma teachers hadn’t seen a pay raise, but now they’ve acquired a partial victory with […]


MLK’s Legacy and Memphis

Hey Everyone! This is Alexia L. the 2016-2017 Northeast Youth of the Year! I hope everything’s been going well for everyone this past week. My week has been amazing; I got the opportunity to travel with my job NextGen America and meet a ton of cool people in the historic […]