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Every year, kids and teens across the country (and around the world) prove they have the strength to take on some of the world's toughest problems. This year was no different. As part of the third Make Your Mark on Hunger campaign, generation, with the generous support of C&S Wholesale Grocers, challenged kids and teens to fight hunger through volunteer service.

As the global population continues to age, our idea of what it means to age has to change with them. Advances in the medical field, improvements in nutrition, increases in education rates have all contributed to a better quality of life - but that doesn't always mean seniors have the ability to lead a life of quality.

Our environment provides access to daily necessities including water, food, medicine and so many more. In our daily lives, we often forget the importance of the environment because it works in the background without any interference on our part. But sometimes things go wrong--earthquakes, droughts, wildfires--and we realize that our environment has direct influence on our lives.

Once quoted saying, "If you really want to make a friend, go to someone's house and eat with him... the people who give you their food give you their heart," Cesar Chavez understood the power of standing with your fellow man.

When you think of homelessness and poverty, we often have a preconceived notion of what that looks like. 

The truth is, homelessness and poverty take on many forms, some of which we don't always notice. A family who is struggling to pay the bills and feed their family. A mother and her kids who are spending the night in an emergency shelter. A man applying for a job so that he can rebuild his life.

Elie Weisel once said, "There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest."

Standing up for others is always a noble cause, which is why our theme of the month for February is Human Rights and Equality. By encouraging kids and teens to stand up for everyone, in their own communities and around the world, they're able to develop empathy, show they care and take action through service and advocacy.

This past year, you showed us what it means to be caring, compassionate and capable by making your mark on the community--and the world!

In one of his final sermons, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke to his congregation about "The Drum Major Instinct"- the idea that we all want to be important, successful, recognized and praised for what we do in life. However, he finishes reminding his congregation that although the drum major instinct can be destructive, it can also be a force for good:

Now that December is here, the holidays are in full swing. People are putting up lights, planning what presents to buy for their loved ones, and preparing for the New Year.

But the holidays are about so much more than gifts and resolutions. They're also about making time to give back, and it's never too early to start!

The holiday season is just around the corner. These few weeks leading up to the holidays can be stressful for students and teachers, with tests, grades and holiday travel.

If you want to make your classroom a happier place this time of the year, we've have your back. As part of generationOn's Joy Maker Challenge, we're sharing 10 ways you can make your classroom a more joyous place to be!

Military families face a unique set of needs, especially during the holiday season. While many of us get to see our family members on a regular basis, military families are often separated due to deployments or separated from extended family due to relocation. Additionally, veterans returning from active duty face a unique set of physical and emotional needs as they reintegrate back into civilian life.

Kids across the country are getting ready for Halloween! This day is filled with laughter, mountains of candy and, of course, fun and creative costumes. This time of year is also a great opportunity to give back to the community by bringing clubs members together to plan a service project. Here are some fun ideas on how to incorporate service into your trick-or-treating plans.

Recently, generationOn had the opportunity to celebrate International Peace Day at the United Nations. International Peace Day is defined by the UN as "a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples." It is a day of recognition, remembrance, and acceptance, but it is also a day to create ideas on what actions need to be taken to achieve world peace.

generationOn's Clubs network has been busy this year! Between having an active role in our campaigns, engaging their schools and networks, and completing our annual survey, these kids and teens still had time to complete 2,023 projects and spend 1.8 million hours volunteering in their communities! That's equivalent to over 205 years of service!

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