Must-reads of 2016

Mom Jalyssa reading to her daughter

From one working mom’s journey to becoming a better role model to her kids to a 12-year-old’s visit to Capitol Hill, here are our must-read (and most read) posts from 2016:

  1. 5 Things I’ve Learned About Parenting From Home Visits With Save the Children. Jalyssa Alvarado had a tough childhood–and then she became a young mom to three daughters. “This month, I officially become a working mother. I’m a little nervous, but mostly excited. I never had the kind of role model I’m trying to be for my kids.”
  2. Either everyone or no one. On Thanksgiving, Save the Children Action Network president Mark Shriver reflects on bringing new opportunity to children in a deeply divided country. “Will change come quickly or be easy? No. I do know that the only way to bring about lasting change is by being inclusive.”
  3. The opportunity to attend preschool shouldn’t come down to luck. Between 2010 and 2012, 4.4 million children in the U.S. didn’t have the opportunity to attend preschool. It’s a problem that comes down to luck.
  4. Carrying the torch. When he was in sixth grade, Michael Lehrhoff was the co-creator of the San Bernardino Project: an effort to do good in his California commuinity. “My teacher inspired our class with the idea of ‘carrying the torch.’ He is referring to us, the new generation of adults, bringing change.”
  5. Confessions of a SCAN Student Ambassador: A Field Experience I’ll Never Forget. Canvassing isn’t easy. So, 16-year-old Bella writes, “I doubled down, beating on and kept knocking on those doors.”

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