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This Group Is Tackling LGBTQ Youth Suicide Rates, One Text Message At A Time

“It's a really critical issue for LGBTQ young people, and it's even more pressing and alarming in the current political climate.”

Growing up can be tough. Between school, parental pressure, raging adolescent hormones, and trying to fit in, young people often feel overwhelmed and unable to cope. In the last few years, suicide surpassed homicide to become the second leading cause of death for teenagers, and its rise has been felt across nearly every demographic, especially women and girls. While there are a myriad of factors that lead a person to take their own life, there’s one group that’s having an even tougher time than their peers: LGBTQ youth.

“Gay, lesbian, and bisexual young people are almost five times as likely to attempt suicide as their straight peers,” says Amit Paley, chief executive officer and executive director of The Trevor Project, an organization that provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ people under 25.

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Lyft Wants To Help Its Drivers Finish College

The ridesharing company is partnering with Guild Education to offer thousands of dollars in tuition discounts to drivers.

The gig economy is here to stay. Currently, freelancers account for nearly 34% of the workforce, and by 2020 it’s estimated that number may grow to 43%. Because of this, companies are looking for ways to recruit and retain talented individuals, or poach them from competitors. Ridesharing giant, Lyft, is hoping its new education initiative will give them a leg-up over companies like Uber and Sidecar, by helping its drivers further their education and save some cash in the process.

Lyft partnered with Guild Education, a female-founded startup that helps companies offer college education and tuition reimbursement to its workforce. Under the new initiative, Lyft drivers would have access to tuition discounts at thousands of instutions in Guild’s network to earn a GED or college degree online. Even better? Drivers could also receive up to $5,920 in federal financial aid while saving from 5% to 20% off their tuition bill.

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Here’s Why These Libraries On Wheels Are Rolling Into Combat Zones

Education "is a vital part of the humanitarian response” that “is not a luxury that can wait until other survival needs are met.”

For the past 14 years, we’ve watched images of war-torn Iraq on the evening news, heard about soldiers who’ve lost limbs and lives, and have been promised that the divisive and costly war would come to an end so America could finally move on.

But what about the people who actually live there?

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Chance the Rapper is quickly vying for the title of “People’s Champ.” The 24-year-old emcee has already shaken up the music world, taking home a Grammy earlier this year for Best New Artist despite giving away his music for free and releasing a streaming-only album. Chance, born Chancelor Bennett, is an astute businessman, inking deals with Apple and Kit Kat, while eschewing a major record label and remaining independent. While many have come to respect his hustle, Chance’s passion for public education is what makes him really stand out.

After pledging to donate $1 million to Chicago Public Schools back in March, Chance’s nonprofit, SocialWorks, raised $2.2 million for his hometown’s schools. His contributions didn’t stop there, however. The rapper has been outspoken about how Illinois’ budget woes have affected Chicago’s public schools, and he even met with Gov. Bruce Rauner to discuss funding. Recently, Chance showed up at a city council meeting to register his opposition to Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plan to spend $95 million on a new police training facility.

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The Proposed GOP Tax Bill Could Hurt Teachers

“As educators spend more and more of their own funds each year to buy basic essentials, Republican leaders chose to ignore the sacrifice made by those who work in our nation’s public schools.”

When I was a middle school English teacher, I’d spend my off hours hanging out with my friends and family, planning lessons, and buying things for my classes. While most schools provide the basics – copy paper, whiteboard erasers, etc. – I always needed something for my students.

One time, I bought 25 novels so my kids could read Walter Dean Myers’ “Monster” as a class. Another, I purchased a pair of speakers because the audio from my laptop was too low to reach the students in the back of the room. Most of my money, however, went toward everyday items that the school just didn’t, or couldn’t, provide – cleaning supplies, markers, extra pencils, construction paper, and snacks for the students who experienced food insecurity at home. While I spent the money willingly, I knew that come tax time I’d get a little of it back, thanks to the educator expense deduction.

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Here’s How To Talk To Kids About Sexual Violence

Tarana Burke, the founder of the Me Too campaign, explains why families need to have uncomfortable conversations.

As the sexual assault and harassment allegations against embattled Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein continue to grow, many have taken to social media to share their own experiences of being violated. After the scandal broke, actress Alyssa Milano issued a Twitter plea to victims to reply “me too” if they’ve been assaulted or harassed and the simple request resulted in a myriad of stories, powerful new allegations, and a call for support for those who have come forward.

Long before the #MeToo tag took over social media, activist and organizer Tarana Burke created the Me Too campaign as a way to deal with her own experience being sexually assaulted. “I started using ‘me too’ around 2006/2007 when I was living in Alabama,” she explains. “We started a campaign about survivors talking to each other. As a person who was a survivor, I had to really think about what I needed when I tried to figure out how I could heal.”

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