Creating new parks in cities can be slow, expensive and time-consuming. This new system lets neighbors quickly pick which elements they want, gets them delivered, and helps them install it themselves in a few days. On a block in West Philadelphia, a corner lot had sat empty and unused for 20 years. But over a series of weekends last fall, community members used a new kit of parts—part of a new program called “Park in a Truck”—to quickly convert it into a low-cost park.

There is increasing evidence that students who are required to learn financial literacy as part of a state’s education curriculum make better financial decisions across multiple, and critical, early adult-life money decisions. That includes how to pay for college — understanding available grants and financial aid, as well as government vs. private student loans — and avoiding payday lenders and credit card debt.

A Remake Learning Day event is one that is innovative, youth-centered (pre-K-12), family-friendly and open to the public that provides a hands-on learning experience utilizing one or more Remake Learning Day themes: arts, maker, outdoor learning, science, technology and youth voice. All event hosts are welcome, whether you are a school, afterschool organization, museum, library, community center, arts space, tech company, makerspace, park, for-profit or nonprofit organization.

School children hanging out in the school yard.

Thirteen of the nation’s leading youth development programs launched Be a Champion, #InvestInKids to raise awareness and increase support for youth programs across the country. The Be a Champion, #InvestInKids campaign is funded through generous support from the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation. Participating organizations include Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boy Scouts of America, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Camp Fire, Coaching Corps, Girls Inc., National 4H Council, NatureBridge, Outward Bound, Playworks, Positive Coaching Alliance, the Student Conservation Association and the YMCA.

Many women have faced gender discrimination in the workplace. How to respond to men who claim their behavior was unintentional, Lorrie Owens, administrator for IT services for the San Mateo County Office of Education in California, suggests refocusing the conversation on how their words were perceived. “Stress: ‘This is how it was received,’” she said, adding that she tries for a non-confrontational approach. “Sometimes people try to belittle your perception of what they just said. Firmly, professionally stand your ground.”

The destruction of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 transformed New Orleans into a place where construction is not just a high demand, high-wage career, but an act of service to the community. unCommon Construction (UCC)—a non-profit organization in New Orleans that delivers afterschool programming and weekend on-site apprenticeships—engages high school students in career pathways within the construction industry, while also building and selling essential market rate homes for residents and families in the students’ home town.

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