4 Ways to Make Disaster-Relief Donations Personal and Impactful

When natural disasters strike, it can be overwhelming to think about how you can make a difference. For many people, there is a natural desire to do something substantial to help communities in need, but even the most ambitious recovery efforts and good intentions can go wrong in delicate environments. Some families, or even entire communities. lose everything after being hit by a devastating hurricane, super storm, flood, wildfire, landslide or tornado; and we witness the stark reality of the word “disaster “come to life. Instead of donating goods, experts and officials suggest that monetary donations have the greatest potential to address the specific needs of each person impacted by a disaster.

Young Scientist Unites Creativity and Innovation with Lead Detection Device

Gitanjali Rao, a current seventh grader at STEM School Highlands Ranch in Denver, Colorado, was appalled after learning about the Flint Water Crisis, where dangerous levels of lead in the water affected thousands across Michigan. Upon researching more about the aftermath of the crisis and learning that it still remains a major issue in our nation, she set out to create a nanotube sensor device to equip every household to test their water.

Helping Veterans Heal with Support and Service Dogs

When Kathy Hecht’s father unexpectedly became legally blind, she and her family began to brainstorm creative sources of joy to help him cope with having more empty hours in the day. Kathy, who had rescued and trained dogs with her father while growing up, found the answer quickly: a retired Australian shepherd show dog named Eddie, who was no ordinary companion. She believes that a connection with animals can be a powerful healing tool for anyone, and she has proved this through Salute of Service, a nonprofit that seeks to help veterans train their own service dogs at no charge.

Volunteers Help Make the American Dream Possible for New York City Youth

New York Cares is giving life to the concept of the American Dream. These words are not new; they symbolize a dream where hope and opportunity come together in a whimsical, yet transformational way. But this goal, often the driving force behind the paths we take in life, sometimes doesn’t feel attainable. That is where New York Cares steps in, especially when it comes to education.

How DTE Energy is Reviving the Skilled Trades in Detroit

Generations of skilled tradespeople built the Motor City, put the world on wheels, and created the American middle class. In recent decades though, interest in skilled trades careers has diminished among youth and young adults nationwide along with vocational education options. More than half of Detroit’s youth and adults are unemployed and outside the workforce while redevelopment projects are hindered by a shortage of skilled trades workers. At DTE, our focus is on helping revive Detroit’s trade schools, placing high school students in paid summer work experiences and launching a skilled trades program at Henry Ford College in nearby Dearborn.

Employee Spotlight: Creating a Beloved Community for Youth Empowerment

Terra Gay has dedicated the past 22 years to working directly with youth as an educator, certified leadership development trainer, and a community and youth advocate. She currently serves as senior vice president of programs at Points of Light, representing our education and youth development initiatives, as well as military, veteran and disaster preparedness programming.Terra’s passion for positively impacting youth inspired the launch of Be the Change Atlanta, an intergenerational collaboration of students, professionals, community activists and youth advocates – unifying community changemakers around a common goal of empowering youth.

Texas Teen Seeks to Create a Kinder World Through Volunteerism

Passionate about giving back, Jake Reid has volunteered with more than 30 organizations. And no matter the cause, his mission of turning actions into positive outcomes for the people around him remains the same. For the last five years, Jake has volunteered as a coach with his local Special Olympics chapter, making it his priority to ensure that the athletes are having fun. He strives to make sure that his participants enjoy each and every weekly practice, and that they become just as excited to come back as he is to help.

8 Young People Who Are Changing the World

From lemonade stand fundraisers to ideas that grow into global movements, young people in communities across the country are discovering and owning their ability to take action that changes the world. Here’s a short list of young people who inspire us, and prove every day that you are never too young to make your mark on the world!

Using Pageant and Fashion Show Experience, Teens Launch ‘I Strut for Autism’ Awareness Movement

Pageant friends Alyssa Lego and Amanda Witkowski are creating a movement with three simple words: Shop. Sell. Strut! Since 2017, these two friends have been organizing fashion shows in collaboration with nonprofits like Autism NJ and the Morgan Marie Michael Foundation to raise awareness and funds for autistic youth in their communities.

Abuse Survivor Finds Strength in Giving Back, Providing Comfort to Other Victims in Times of Need

At the age of 15, Grace McAllister already understands the restorative power of giving back. After being sexual abused by her father from the age of 6 to 10, Grace found the courage to tell her stepmother – and endured months of interviews, counselors, lawyer visits, a court appearance, and disbelief from some family and friends

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