Blog Archive

Blog Archive

President Obama Urges Youth to Make Their Mark

Yesterday, President Barack Obama delivered his third annual back-to-school speech at Benjamin Banneker Academic High School in Washington, D.C.

The president’s back-to-school speech was an opportunity for him to speak to students directly. His message to the students was that they don’t have to wait until they’re older to make a mark on their communities.

President Obama stressed the urgent need for bright young minds to speak up:

Education- Empowering Global Youth Through Mobile Apps

CGI Opening Plenary. Photo credit: John Hanacek

NBC Education Nation 2011

A Week Filled With Social Good

This last week Mashable, 92nd Street Y, and the United Nations Foundation presented the second annual Social Good Summit in New York City.

The Power of Youth Volunteerism

Today's guest post is written by David Battey, Founder and President of Youth Volunteer Corps.  David majored in political economy at Williams College and developed the concept of Youth Volunteer Corps as part of his senior thesis. After establishing Youth Volunteer Corps of Greater Kansas City he was hired by Youth Service America to begin national replication of the YVC model and is now a nationally recognized leader in the community service and youth development fields.

Change Notes: 50 Years of Global Impact


Peace Corps 50th Anniversary

Happy 50th Anniversary Peace Corps!

International Day of Peace 2011

Get Involved in Senior Corps Week

Across the country Senior Corps volunteers and adults age 55 and up are working with literacy organizations, educational institutions, hospitals, senior centers and faith-based organizations among others to make a difference in their communities.  Throu

Raynia Kinniston… “Points of Light” Volunteer Royalty

Today’s post is written by Shawn Anderson, five-time author, corporate trainer and national speaker on the topics of “possibility thinking and creating opportunity.”  He is also the Founder of the

"Thank You" To All Our Affiliates for Coordinating Amazing 9/11 Service Projects

We at Points of Light Institute wanted to congratulate all our affiliates for their tremendous work this weekend mobilizing an impressive amount of volunteers to rally around the 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance.  You all coordinated and created meaningful opportunities for service in honor of 9/11 victims and survivors.

Below are video footage recaps from our leadership city project events in Boston, New York, and D.C:

News Flash: Make the Call

This Thursday, Sept. 15, we hope you will join us to tell Congress that this is not the time to dismantle national and community service programs which have been so central to our nation's progress.

Daily Point of Light #4593 All Hands Volunteers

Hundreds of jobs completed.  Thousands of people assisted.  Tens of thousands of hours donated.

Personal Reflection on the Day of Service and Remembrance and 9/12

Michelle Nunn, CEO of Points of Light Institute and Co-Founder of HandsOn Network personally reflects on the 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance and the

News Flash: Reflection on the 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance

Thank you to all those who said "I Will" and helped reach our goal of uniting more than one million Americans through acts of service and good deeds to honor the victims, heroes and all those who rose in service in response to the Sept.

9/11 As A Call To Action For Civic Engagement

“Ten years later, we are still one.”

Remembering September 11th Through Service

The 9/11 nonprofit MyGoodDeed and HandsOn Network, our volunteer activation division, have joined together to encourage all Americans to commemorate the anniversary of September 11 as a National Day of Service and Re

What Did You Do This Summer?

Today's guest post is written by Liu Zhen Huang, 18, a senior at Baruch College Campus High School in New York City.

How Can I Get A Great Volunteer Experience?

Today's guest post is written by Pamela Hawley, the founder and CEO of UniversalGiving.  For more information on UniversalGiving check out their

Daily Point of Light #4586 Habitat for Humanity Disaster Response Programs

Disaster strikes in an instant, but shelter and housing needs remain.

Daily Point of Light #4585 Janet Mellon

In recognition of September as National Preparedness month and in honor of the 10-year anniversary of Sept. 11, we will be featuring disaster services related Daily Point of Light honorees throughout the month of September.

Change Notes: Four Year Anniversary Reflections on Points of Light Institute

Anniversaries are always a good time to reflect upon the past - what we have learned and also what we want for the future. This month marks the four-year anniversary of the merger of Points of Light Foundation and HandsOn Network.

National Hunger Awareness Month