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GOOD Maker Challenge: Connect With Your Community With Echoing Green

What would you do with $1,000 to build relationships with members of the community you want to serve? Submit your idea to Connect With Your Community.

How far do you go to get to know the people you serve? In order to have real impact, you need to truly understand the people you want to help. Getting rooted in the public sphere requires extra effort to be intentional and invested in your community. To foster growth and development, you have to take understanding to a deeper level and get connected to your community, whether it means a local hospital where you volunteer, a school club, or your city.

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Why We Should Make It Easier for High School Grads to Take a "Gap Year"

When students take a year off before college to gain real-world experience, everyone wins.

Should more American students take a year off between high school and college to gain real-world experience, tangible skills, and some maturity? That's the thinking behind "gap years," a purposefully planned year of volunteer work and internships. Although they're growing in popularity in the States, they're still not as common here as they are in some other parts of the developed world. But after 12 years of studying, maybe encouraging graduates to take a year off and apply that book learning isn't a bad idea.

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