The Climate Crisis: Why Youth Must Act

Published no picture Will DiGravio , President at

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Will DiGravio
Member since July 1, 2015
  • 1 Post
  • Age 18

As I write these words, California is experiencing one of the worst and most prolonged droughts the United States has ever seen. The United Kingdom has persevered through its hottest July day ever recorded, India is recovering from the fifth worst heat wave in history, and in Australia, believe it or not, lizards are changing sexes due to extreme heat. There is no doubt that climate change is happening, and that it is happening fast. Each day, the repercussions of our reliance on...

The Future of Learning: An Activate Talk

Published Avatar Elizabeth VOY

Avatar Elizabeth VOY
Member since April 12, 2015
  • 12 Posts
  • Age 24

As a Voices of Youth representative, I attended UNICEF UK and Pearson’s Activate Talk on Future Learning, held in London last week. This is the first in a series of talks which bring together youth, innovators, experts and thought leaders to showcase the latest solutions on some of the biggest issues facing children in danger. Read on to find out how I got on… Here’s some food for thought; how do you think monumental changes in history begin? What, for example, spa...

The Fallacy Of Numbers

Published no picture Samreena Ashraf , Student

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Samreena Ashraf
Member since July 3, 2015
  • 1 Post

We possess capabilities, not consent; choices, not options. Way back during the days of philosophers and thinkers we read about today, knowledge was not confined to any sort of definition. They didn't have to choose the kind of knowledge they'd want to possess. They did it to gain knowledge and work around it. We do to earn money; numbers on pieces of paper which seem to have more value than words in books. They're not just words; they're ideas that encompass the conflicts ever...

A Glimpse Into the Mind of a Racial Advocate

Published no picture Nawal Wasif , Welcome to My Mind

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Nawal Wasif
Member since July 2, 2015
  • 1 Post

Along with Writing Seminar, I take Sociology of Health Care. Just recently in class we discussed the topic on discrimination in the American Health Care system where people of color tend to be undermined when receiving proper treatment. In contrast, the white patients have the ability and acceptance to go for high class treatment and receive benefits from the health care system. My professor then asked us if we thought these statistics made sense. All my classmates and I started to...

Someone Has To Say It Part 3: Depression

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Avatar Miss
Member since April 12, 2015
  • 9 Posts
  • Age 22

One day, I sat with some fellow students conversing about happiness and somebody ignorantly made a remark about depression being a choice. At that time, I had a loved one who had been taking some medicine that unfortunately, triggered depression as a side effect. I knew that given the opportunity, she would have, without batting an eyelash, picked not to suffer from depression. I sat there no longer paying attention to the conversation as I imagined myself going through the ordeal...

The Jar

Published Avatar Bhavana

Avatar Bhavana
Member since April 1, 2015
  • 12 Posts
  • Age 24

I grew up in a small town in India. Where I come from a small town means lights out and shutters down by 10, a drive to the nearest hilltop takes under twenty minutes and if you are really lucky, you can find a rundown airport. My town has changed. When I was born (that fateful year of 1991), small meant a population of about 600,000. Twenty three years later small is over 900,000. I was introduced to the theories about the population bomb, doubling rates and fading resource...

Tales by Moonlight

Published Avatar Winifred Ahupa

Avatar Winifred Ahupa
Member since April 10, 2015
  • 12 Posts
  • Age 23

Growing up, my mother always told us stories, at the fountain in the house. We huddled around her, eyes wide in anticipation of her famous stories, which always ended with phrases like “and that is how the tortoise got a cracked shell” or “that was how a dog became a domestic animal”. After every story my mother told, there was always a lesson to be learnt – from not being greedy to loving your neighbours. We nicknamed our story telling time with my mom “Tales by Mo...

The Little Voices

Published Avatar Courtney Young

Avatar Courtney Young
Member since April 9, 2015
  • 12 Posts
  • Age 24

Last week I went to see the newest creation of Disney-Pixar, Inside Out. At its core, the animated movie documents the way our emotions impact our lives. How they figure in to the way we perceive and experience the world. While I could write an entire post just about how fantastic the movie is (GO SEE IT), I thought I would use a couple of the themes from the movie to work through how our emotions affect us as youth. We underestimate our emotions. We often try our hardest to igno...

The Tribal Bug In Humans

Published no picture Elizabeth Alampae Ayamga , Ms

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Elizabeth Alampae Ayamga
Member since June 26, 2015
  • 1 Post

Me: My name is Elizabeth Ayamga Interlocutor 1: Are you a northerner? Me: Yes. Interlocutor 1: No I don’t believe you. You are too pretty to be a northerner. Interlocutor 2: Oh so you are a northerner? I never knew you are a Muslim. Me: Yes I am a Muslim. Call me Hajia, Amina or Muslima. I told you I am from Vea in the Bongo district of Ghana and I am called Elizabeth Alampae Ayamga. Interlocutor 3: Ayamga? You don’t look like a northerner. These are just...

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