Author Archives: Alicia Conte

What are we going to do about it?

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When re-reading my journal entries from the recent Youth Global Leadership Insight Trip what stood out to me most was not the words, but the punctuation; most of my pages are filled with phrases that ended with question marks. I think the YGLers will agree that we arrived in the Midwest with questions - and ...

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Walls Turned Sideways Are Bridges

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The following post was written by Alicia Conte, Philanthropiece’s Youth Global Leadership Program Coordinator. This summer, Alicia co-facilitated a 3-week long service-learning trip for the Youth Global Leadership students, during which they explored social justice issues related to Native American rights, sustainable agriculture, immigration policy, and global trade.  It took going back to the border and ...

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YGL Alumni Impact

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This summer, we set out to better understand the impact of our Youth Global Leadership Program (YGL). This evaluation is driven by our belief that to be an effective organization, we must intentionally reflect on how closely our mission is emulated in the work that we do; and who better to support with program evaluation than Aleiya Evison, former YGLer herself? ...

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Creative Conversations

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    Emily Sun is a graduating senior of the Youth Global Leadership program. This school year, Emily designed and facilitated a service project, or “Cor Project”. Emily’s “Art Pal” project ([email protected] de Arte) facilitated an intercultural art exchange between students from Casey Middle School, Boulder, CO, and Collegio Mixto San Gaspar, Chajul, Guatemala, in order ...

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Coming Home: Questions of Place

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“Each of us belongs to a particular landscape, one that informs who we are, a place that carries our history, our dreams, holds us to a moral line of behavior that transcends thought.”  -Terry Tempest Williams The desert is not my home. Here, the world feels large, the night sky so expansive it might gobble me ...

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Bearing Witness and Borderlands

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The following story was written by Alicia Conte, Philanthropiece's Youth Global Leadership Program Coordinator.  Alicia journaled these words when she was a participant in the INVST Community Leadership Program, a Philanthropiece partner organization. She was inspired during her INVST Summer Service Learning Experience in El Paso, TX when she lived at a house for vulnerable groups of ...

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Snapshots from Guatemala

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Like a photo album of times preserved, our days are comprised of snapshots—or at least this is how our memory seems to capture meaningful experiences. We remember moments, and whether these moments hold sadness, joy, courage, or inspiration, they are uniquely special nonetheless. Our intention for traveling to this vibrant and resilient country, was for ...

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