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THE CHILDREN SHALL LEAD US: Top seven children’s books on leadership for social justice
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THE CHILDREN SHALL LEAD US: Top seven children’s books on leadership for social justice

With an eye toward the future, now is the time to re-imagine education.

I envision a type of education that places an explicit focus on leadership development and social justice advocacy. This is related to my dream of becoming Miss Freedom Fighter, Esquire – basically, Wonder Woman with a law degree and an afro. Can you see me now? I was determined to use my education in the struggle for justice.

Leadership for Social Justice: #Time2Serve: Nelson Mandela and the transformative power of service
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Leadership for Social Justice: #Time2Serve: Nelson Mandela and the transformative power of service

[caption id="attachment_25097" align="alignleft"]mandela voting in 1994Paul Weinberg, Nelson Mandela voting in 1994[/caption]“He that is greatest among you shall be your servant.”

The late Nelson Mandela, former president of South Africa, modeled servant leadership in action. His leadership focused on the importance of community-building and empowering others to lead social change. On July 18, as we celebrated Nelson Mandela’s 97th birthday and honored Nelson Mandela International Day, we were challenged to discover the leader within. For many, this leader may be lying dormant like a sleeping giant since your leadership path is uncertain and your vision is unclear. For others, you may be developing your leadership skills but have yet to take action by leveraging your influence to advance social justice. No matter what stage you are in your leadership development, you can learn key lessons by exploring the leadership legacy of Mandela and principles of servant leadership.

25 motivational quotes that will inspire you to make a difference
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25 motivational quotes that will inspire you to make a difference

image001 quotesWhat is in your hands to make a difference in the world? This is a question for each of us to ponder throughout our life’s journey. Could you be the one who plants the seeds for the promotion of environmental sustainability (like Wangari Maathai, Green Belt Movement), fair sentencing (like Bryan Stevenson, Equal Justice Initiative), or children’s rights (like Marian Wright Edelman, Children’s Defense Fund)? Each of us have a unique set of gifts and talents which can be employed to lead social change. Therefore, our daily challenge is to be a wise steward over our gifts.

Let your voice be heard: End the high costs of prison phone calls
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Let your voice be heard: End the high costs of prison phone calls

prisonphonesDid you know that more than 15,000 children in Minnesota may not have the chance to send holiday greetings to their parents? This is because these children have an incarcerated parent. Due to the high costs of prison phone calls, it is difficult for many of these children to remain in contact with their parents during the holiday season. The harsh reality is that a 15-minute collect phone call received from a loved one who is incarcerated can cost roughly $6.45. Further, these children may also miss the opportunity to visit and spend quality time with their parents, since prisoners are incarcerated an average of 100 miles away from home and their families. As you can see, phone calls are truly a vital source of communication in order for families to remain connected. The Campaign for Prison Phone Justice seeks to ensure that children and families can remain in contact with their incarcerated loved ones by advocating for the costs of prison phone calls to be capped at a reasonable amount.

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