When youth and young adults are provided a platform that empowers them to be changemakers within their community, they begin to realize a new level of self-worth. We believe volunteer service can be one of those platforms.
Last year, 250 Detroit students attended an after-school program in which they shopped for groceries, chopped vegetables and planned food events.
Adam M. Johnson is executive director of the California office of the Children’s Defense Fund. Johnson oversees the organization’s $2.6 million budget and 16-member full-time staff.
Just 10 years ago, the nation’s on-time high school graduation rate was hovering around 70 percent, where it had been stuck for decades.