by Gayle Farman In the famous business book that Jim Collins published back in 2001, “Good to Great,” he introduced the concept of “The Flywheel Effect.” He described businesspeople who persevere – who keep pushing a flywheel persistently and inch it forward little by little. With continued great effort, the flywheel starts to gain momentum[…]
Coming in to my freshman year of college, I thought I’d be entering the STEM world — a world of hackathons, problem sets, and internships. High school experience with startups like Passport for Good had convinced me that computer science or mathematics would be my future. It wasn’t until halfway through my semester, when classwork[…]
“I’m happy to be a worker bee,” my friend said as we contemplated the latest plea for parent volunteers. “Just don’t ask me to organize anything!” Our daughters, now in high school, had participated in many of the same activities since kindergarten. I can’t even remember if this particular request was for Girl Scouts, or[…]
At The College Advisor of New York, we begin talking to students early in the admissions process about the importance of a strong high school resume. For rising sophomores and juniors, it might seem premature to begin putting their achievements on their resume but, actually, it’s quite the opposite. Colleges want to see active students,[…]
With better weather, and folks eager to get outdoors after a long winter, spring is the perfect season to support a charity walk or run. These community events offer a fun way for people to learn more about an issue, express their collective support for a cause they care about, and become part of a[…]
By Guest Student Blogger, Anna S. The summer before my senior year I participated in a human rights symposium, in which students collaborated and discussed a wide variety of social justice issues, both domestic and international. This experience inspired me to pursue a long-term project connected to the plight of refugees within my own community,[…]
The news about Hurricanes Harvey and Irma is terrible. People need our help, but what CAN we do? And what SHOULD we do?
Volunteers give meaning to the word “gift”, which means “a thing given willingly without payment.” In the spirit of the holidays, we share these enduring gifts from the student volunteers who have made an impact every day on the kids at South End Children’s Cafe
Thanksgiving is a time for reflection, and for remembering our place amongst a wider community. We don’t just think about our own families, but our neighbors and our fellow Americans. We think about those who may not be as lucky as we are.
If we better our world, we better ourselves. Studies show volunteering can create better social connections, ward off loneliness and decrease hypertension and heart disease.