April 21, 2015

This page consolidates all of the blog posts from across the site. Posts are also featured at the bottom of each relevant issue or author page, as well as the 'Take Action' and 'Build Skills' pages. Post a comment - we’d love to know what you think! Happy reading!

When Calling Your Representatives…

By Nikhil Although many young adults are interested in and passionate about global issues, very few actually take the next step in becoming a global citizen, which consists of actually raising awareness for their cause and trying to make their own personal impact on the global issue. When asked why they aren’t actively trying to make a positive change in regards to a global issue, most youth will respond with, “What can I do? Nothing I do will actually have an impact.” In reality, there is actually an easy, straightforward way to take action when it … [Read more...]

My Story

By Madigan G. I come from a relatively large family, what with me, my brothers Daniel (14) and Adam (13), and my sister Cara (8). Being the oldest has always had it’s ups and downs, but in a recent conversation I had with Cara, I got a chance to understand the opposite end of the spectrum: being the youngest. As the oldest, it always frustrates me that sometimes my parents seem to experimenting with the rules and regulations of "teenage-hood" as much as I am, and that they seem to be relaxing their expectations for my siblings in comparison to when … [Read more...]

The Pathway to Becoming a Global Citizen

By Julia A. I am fortunate enough to live in the Washington D.C. area, so my commute to American University for the Global Scholar Program was not nearly as long as some of my fellow scholars. However, although I have always recognized the influence of the D.C. area, as some of the most prominent and influential organizations are based in D.C., I never had the opportunity to witness what goes on behind closed doors. Attending the Global Scholar Program presented me with this rich experience to understand what these establishments are doing to help the … [Read more...]

Global Citizenship

By Emily H. Being a global citizen can mean so many things in the world today. While some people take being a citizen of the world very seriously, many people across the globe do not feel that they have any responsibility to the global community. This is something that definitely needs to change in the near future, as the number of problems the world faces continues to grow day by day. Issues such as hunger, women’s rights, and climate change could see serious improvements if people all over the world cared enough to make a difference and make the … [Read more...]

The Potential of Millennials

By Adriel S. In the summer of 2013, Samantha Power took the stage of Royce Hall in the University of California, Los Angeles to deliver her first public speech as the U.S. Representative to the United Nations. Her audience could have been politicians, businessmen, or even reporters; instead, she stood in front of hundreds of young social activists of the Fourth Estate leadership conference to share her hopes of the new generation. Sitting in the audience, Ambassador Power’s words reverberated within me. “Memories fade. Bureaucracies are built. … [Read more...]

International Institutions 101: The United Nations

By Alex Ogden. Hello Changemakers! I hope that you are weathering the doldrums of March as best you can (preferably with a hot beverage…hot beverages always help beat the winter gloom!). Today I'm excited to start a conversation on the famed, the beloved and the oft-criticized (although, what international institution isn’t on the receiving end of some form of controversy or another?); I am referring here to none other than the United Nations. Much like the IMF and the World Bank, the United Nations (UN) was also founded in the wake of World War … [Read more...]

Meeting with a Decision Maker? You can DO THIS!

By Ana Frigo. We have all had to do this at some point in our lives. Whether we are meeting with a teacher, principal, coach, or boss, it is important to know how to interact with people in positions of power. Below are four tips on what to do when you are meeting with a decision maker. Tip 1: Have a Reasonable Goal/Prepare an Effective Message Before your meeting, make sure that whatever you plan to accomplish is within reach. If you are asking for extra credit to boost your grade, present your teacher with a task that is attainable for you and … [Read more...]

Using Social Media to Make Your Campaign Really Pop!

By Ana Frigo. Earlier I wrote about how to lead a great student government campaign. Now, it’s time to look at how social media can play a role in your campaign. In today’s age, it’s impossible to envision a world without the Internet. Why not use that to your advantage? Below are four tips for using social media in your campaign. Tip 1: Start with a plan/Know your platform The first step in using social media for a campaign is to come up with a plan of what exactly you would like to accomplish. Do you want to fundraise? Create events? Send out … [Read more...]

A few tips about tipping

By Vanessa Faloye. If there is one memory the vast majority of us can share, it is our days of waiting tables. It is almost a rite of passage to the real and working world. Countless servings of fast and furious food with blood, sweat, and tears for drinks. “Hi there, what can I get you today? How about some beverages to start? Welcome to the service and catering industry. Job description: back and forth from the kitchen nonstop for hours at a time; balancing beverages; juggling plates; table babysitting; changing orders for changing minds; and … [Read more...]

How are the Changes in Media Affecting Media Freedom?

By Ian Morse. This is the second piece in a recurring story set. The first article can be found here. I’d like to tackle another apparent paradox with you. The Internet has given those with access to it an incredible abundance of information at their fingertips. With an Internet plan or a walk to an Internet cafe, you can browse over a billion websites and even more webpages on which infinite amounts of information and opinions are available. Information can be accessed anywhere at anytime. The sheer scale of information and breadth of its … [Read more...]