A house full of your own children can be overwhelming. But what if you opened your home to other children, with sometimes more than 75 young people a day seeking safety and refuge from the perils of the streets? That’s exactly what Diane Latiker did in 2003 in her small Chicago apartment.
Retired four-star general and former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell once said, “A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination, and hard work.” Monica Gray epitomizes Powell’s message of resolve and willpower. Gray put into action her dream to improve the lives of underprivileged children by co-founding DreamWakers, a nonprofit volunteer organization that uses video chatting to virtually connect diverse, dynamic professional leaders with public school children.
With just weeks to go in perhaps one of the most heated election cycles our country has had in a long time, our nation has reached a heightened point of divisiveness. We find ourselves in a time of both political and social unrest, with intense debates taking place not only on TV between candidates, but also on social media, in communities and in homes.
Going into the third year of a program like ServiceWorks, there have been countless stories of impact, service and memories. When you’ve engaged more than 7,500 young people and deployed almost 200 AmeriCorps VISTA members across the country in the effort to bring positive change to the lives of opportunity youth and the communities in which they live, there are bound to be plenty of moments.