Stop a Suicide Today

During a recent “community open house” visit to my local children’s hospital, I was observing the head nurse as she called shots on admissions, staffing, and movement of patients throughout the day. I watched along as her computer screen showed brightly colored rows each tracking a current patient, identified only by their ages and reasons … More Stop a Suicide Today

Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools

“Freedom can exist only in the society of knowledge. Without learning, men are incapable of knowing their rights, and where learning is confined to a few people, liberty can be neither equal nor universal.” – Benjamin Rush, 1786 The United States lags behind most developed nations in voter participation. During the 2016 Presidential election, one … More Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools

Life After Hate

Hate and violent extremism are generic. Just as superficial as the racial or religious motivations that drive individuals to think, speak, or act in hateful ways, the underlying problems are often shockingly similar. The common tale is one of isolation, frustrated personal aspirations, and a search for meaning and order. It’s not surprising, therefore, that … More Life After Hate

Cellblock Psychology

Among the most intractable issues we face as a society is how to identify and treat mental illness. Many Americans go through life with undiagnosed and untreated mental health conditions, and even those who’ve been properly diagnosed often have difficulty accessing appropriate treatment and support. The issue of mental health has a long and complicated … More Cellblock Psychology

SafeNetRX

Across the United States, millions of adults choose not to fill their medicine prescriptions for the simple reason that they cannot afford them. Many more choose to limit their dosage or skip doses altogether in order to save money, jeopardizing the effectiveness of medicinal treatments and putting their overall health at risk. At the same time, … More SafeNetRX

The Achievement Gap Initiative at Harvard University

“Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.” – Benjamin Franklin Despite our understanding that a good education is the key to ending generational poverty and creating opportunity in underserved communities, the achievement gap between minority and white students has remained largely unchanged for nearly 50 years. Educational disparities between … More The Achievement Gap Initiative at Harvard University

YMCA Host Home Program

Homelessness is a symptom. While many of us subconsciously associate the experience of homelessness with mental illness or substance abuse disorders, the majority of people actually become homeless due to loss of income, lack of affordable housing, insufficient health care, or some form of domestic violence. Among youth, the most common drivers of homelessness tend to be … More YMCA Host Home Program