Beyond the Cities: Closing the Gap in Rural Areas

Earlier this year, students in the High Desert Leapin’ Lizards after-school program in Kern County, California, got a glimpse of life on Mars. They took part in a videoconference with NASA Digital Learning Network Specialist David Armstrong, who talked about what it took to survive on the red planet.

Mentors & Change Makers: Meet Some of the People Working to Bring Opportunity to Kids

As the gap between the nation’s poorest and wealthiest citizens has grown during the past four decades, so has the gulf in opportunities. Middle-class parents are happy to pay for SAT tutors, drive the neighborhood team to soccer practice, read to the kids before bedtime and send them to camp each summer.

Skill-building Is Only One Piece of the Puzzle in Tech-Training Program NPower

Stephon Stephens didn’t think he would get in.

At 21, he was used to applying to jobs and programs that wouldn’t look past some trouble he got into when he was younger. “It’s hard to move forward when you have a piece of paper saying you’re a criminal,” he said.tephon Stephens didn’t think he would get in.

Pick A Message: Kill Big Bird Or Send Kids To College

We were going to use this space to rant against those elected officials who would vote to kill off Big Bird by decimating the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which provides funding for Public Broadcasting Service and National Public Radio stations, and cutting the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Out-Of-School Time Organizations Play Pivotal Role

Brittany Fisher grew up in the South End of Hartford, Connecticut, a tough neighborhood where gangs flourished.

When she entered South Middle School in 2002, other students found out her mother was a lesbian, and she was bullied. She became a fighter.