World Malala Day 2014

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MalalaDay-570Last year on July 12, 2013, her sixteenth birthday, Malala Yousafzai stood and spoke for the importance of universal education at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The young advocate for girls’ rights and universal education was shot in the face by the Taliban in October 2012 on a school bus. After the attack, she recovered in the UK and continues her fight for education. Today, July 14, 2014, is a day dedicated to the courageous teen and her campaign.  More

World Refugee Day 2014

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A Syrian family outside their makeshift shelter in Kwashra informal settlement, Lebanon. (Photo: Concern Worldwide)

A Syrian family outside their makeshift shelter in Kwashra informal settlement, Lebanon. (Photo: Crystal Wells, Concern Worldwide)

ref·u·gee, [/ˌrefyo͝oˈjē, ˈrefyo͝oˌjē/], noun: A person who has been forced to leave their country in order to escape war, persecution, or natural disaster (Oxford Dictionary).

This World Refugee Day, let’s take a moment to realize that behind the term refugee there are countless men, women, girls, boys, grandmas, grandpas, and infants just like us.

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What You Achieved Because Of School

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Students at St. Jean Baptiste High School share #BecauseOfSchool stories

St. Jean Baptiste High School share #BecauseOfSchool messages

Going to school may not seem like a privilege or a right but for 57 million children around the world, it’s an opportunity that is being denied because of poverty. Global Partnership for Education (GPE) works with governments, organizations, and donors to ensure that every boy and girl gets a chance to go to school in the world’s poorest countries.

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Showing Solidarity to Bring Back Our Girls

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Image via Google

Image via Google

It’s been over a month since the horrific kidnapping of 300 Nigerian teenage girls in the northeastern village of Chibok. Believing themselves safe at their boarding school, the girls were defenseless against their armed captors, the militant group Boko Haram.

Sadly, it took nearly two weeks for the story to gain international attention, and apart from the 50 who managed to escape, the young girls have yet to be found. It is feared that the kidnappers sold the victims as brides and have already trafficked the girls across international borders. More

LWA Middle School Summit on Women & Girls

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LWA students presenting on girls' education

LWA students presenting on girls’ education

Partnering once again with Concern Worldwide, the Middle School, grades 5-8, took part in a Global Summit on the theme of Women and Girls: Keys to the Future. The students were broken up into eight multi-grade groups to explore solutions for the challenges of women and girls in a variety of countries, including Rwanda, Haiti, Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Somalia, Sierrra Leone, The Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Liberia. More

Chicago Annual Student Workshop 2014

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Students from the winning team, Somalia!

Students from the winning team, Somalia!

Over 70 students from six different high schools around Chicago came together for a wildly successful 3rd edition of Concern Worldwide’s Annual Global Concerns Student Workshop on April 17th.

Held in the state-of-the-art Gratz Center, an extension of the historic Fourth Presbyterian Church in the heart of downtown Chicago, the workshop challenged students to explore global issues and collaborate on creative solutions in the context of this year’s theme: “Women and Girls: The Key to the Future”. More

LWA Students Explore Solutions to Education

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Upper school students explore solutions to education

Upper school students explore solutions to education

Amanda Ruckel, the Education Liaison from Concern Worldwide, led the Middle School and then the students in Grade 10 in assemblies on the topic of education. The students learned some background information about the challenges that many young people face in attaining an education in the poorest countries in the world.  They even got to experience what it was like to struggle to read with an activity Ms. Ruckel provided for the students. More

Southwind KIVA Club Celebrates 100th Loan

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Southwind High School Kiva Club in Tennessee celebrate their 100th loan.

Students at Southwind High School Kiva Club in Tennessee

Cheers went out this past Friday, April 11th, as students in Ms. Kavass’s Economics class and members of the Southwind High School KIVA Club made their 100th loan! Two years ago, Southwind was the first high school in the state of Tennessee to open a KIVA Club (microfinance club – part of KIVA U) and since then our membership has grown from 22 students to over 150 students.

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The Future Project Students Dream Big

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image 001- Big DreamGCC worked with students from The College Academy to explore the theme of dreams, a topic that was familiar to this group of young leaders who represented the Dream Team at their school. As part of The Future Project, these students have been learning from a Dream Director to think about what was possible in their own lives and in their school community and to make those dreams actualize.

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Why Rwanda Never Leaves You

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Rwanda, June 1994 (Photo: Concern Worldwide)

Rwanda, June 1994 (Photo: Concern Worldwide)

Lasting 100 days, the Rwandan genocide was brutally efficient, leading to the murder of over 800,000 Tutsi, Hutu moderates and Twa. Over two million people were displaced internally or in neighboring countries.

The scale of the destruction and displacement was unprecedented; the brutality and enormity of the killings challenged us all on every level, striking at the core of our moral fiber, our humanity. We vowed: “never again”. More

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