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An Opportunity to Serve

I wouldn't be who I am or where I am had I not had the opportunity to serve as a child.  It's critical to facilitate opportunities for youth to get out of their comfort zones and into communities.  Young people have a propensity for openness and are able to get involved in such a passionate way, working for what they think is right.  They "get" that the world is broken and that their generation has to do something to help make it right.  Through their curiosity and engagement, they have the ability to really change the world.    Rev. Amanda Hendler-Voss, Atlanta, GA

Get Youth Involved

I'll be providing quotes from Be The Change for the next several posts, quotes that work with the book I'm writing now.  I'm a firm believer in giving a hand up v. a handout.   So here are some ideas for you to give that hand up. I think that the moral center of any community rests with its youth.  Until young people actually get involved in something--whatever the issue is--things move much more slowly.  After they get involved, things take on an energy and quality of possibility that they otherwise don't have.  There's a totally different vibe that young people bring to their work.  This has been true throughout history, all over the world, as well as in our local communities.  There's an entirely different dynamic that gets created after young people find their place at the table.    Claudia Horwitz, Durham, NC



Welcome to my blog.  Meeting Leila has forever changed my life.  I see through new lenses how I can be a part of making a difference.  I hope this can be our meeting place, where I can share my stories and hear yours. Each one of you has the power to make a difference. It's about giving a hand up, not a hand out.

Prize Winning Books by Arab Writers

I’m the moderator for two book clubs at Alif Institute here in Atlanta. To see all they have to offer go to The evening group is reading Sharon and My Mother-in-Law, about living under Occupation while caring for her mother-in-law during curfews that lasted 42 or more days at a time.  One of you is bound to lose it from time to time! I lived with my mother-in-law for six years. I empathize. Did you know that Palestinian families living in the West Bank and Gaza are kept inside their houses for as long as six months at a time? And that only one member of the family is allowed to leave once a week for two hours to buy groceries? Because houses are bulldozed down regularly, the family might have many relatives living with them. How would you cope with 10 or 12 people living with you, several with children, all unable to go outside for months at a time? I’d be emotionally distraught. How about you? Our previous book was House of Stone by Anthony Shadid. A quote from him appeared in the convention booklet. “I was an ADC intern many years ago and it’s an experience I doubt I’ll ever forget. I learned a lesson that has guided me and my journalism since then, and is that being right is a relative term, and most importantly that no voice should be silenced.”