Making sure you show up in your own story

(From 2017) Tomorrow we have our fourth Annual Storytelling Festival for the AmeriCorps programs of Maryland. Our hosts at Casa Maryland and Pablo Blank always provide a warm welcome in their amazing space. Each year, we try different things and…..

News & Updates

Montgomery County schools should mandate vaccines for teachers and staff

Opinion by Adam Zimmerman August 9, 2021 at 11:51 a.m. EDT5 Adam Zimmerman is a communications consultant who lives in Rockville. A Montgomery County school district recently announced that all teachers and staff must get vaccinated against the coronavirus or be subject to weekly testing…..

The Changemakers

“….Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules, and they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them; disagree with…..


On January 20, 1961, President John F. Kennedy issued a challenge to all Americans: “Ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country.” Two months later American University hosted a National Conference on…..

Serve America. Together. Our Vision for the Future

Serve America Together is a campaign to make national service part of growing up in America. For too long, national service has not been an option for most young Americans. The college affordability crisis has left too many students with…..

Impact Of Service Years

Service years transform lives, strengthen communities, and fuel civic renewal. Service Years Transform Lives ( from Service Year) Service years create pathways to opportunity for young people and allow them to develop real-world experience as well as valued professional and leadership skills.  Service years…..

After months in lockdown, we need some new memories. But can you ‘make’ them?

By Roxanne RobertsJuly 25, 2021 at 6:00 a.m. EDT14 If 2020 was unforgettable for all the wrong reasons, then the pressure is on to make 2021 unforgettable for the right ones. We want to get out, have fun, and, of course,“make…..

Twelve Mental Resets I Learned from the Book “Skip the Line”

Life is a series of queues you can skip. Tim Denning Medium June 28th 2021 Thinking can become stale. I discovered that gem not long ago. My thoughts had become, well, useless and the good insights were lost. These are…..

The possible is always a function of the impossible

People said it was impossible to fly like a bird but one visionary said “why not try?” To that end, they discovered it was possible to invent a kite, and a balloon, and even a parachute until eventually, on a remote…..

MCPS requires masks for start of new school year

By Donna St. George  July 28th at 7:00 p.m. EDT16 With the start of classes weeks away and debate intensifying about mask mandates in schools, Maryland’s largest district opted for the cautious way forward, requiring that face coverings be worn by all. The decision…..

Let’s tap into all students’ potential

26 Jul 2021 The Washington Post Jay.mathews@washpost.com To those battling over critical race theory, here is my plea: Don’t stop teachers from seeking the hidden potential of impoverished and minority children, the most important educational movement of the past 40…..