You Count: 65 Ways to Make a Difference

If you’re not yet old enough to vote, you might feel helpless sometimes, thinking there’s nothing you can do to make a difference in the world. Fortunately for you (and for the world), nothing could be further from the truth! I recently came across a list of 65 Ways to Make a Difference. It’s one […]

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You Count – Influencing Others

You have a superpower – the power to influence others. Did you know? Why is this a superpower? Let’s take a look at that. The first thing to consider is that other people matter. They matter “because so much of our happiness is dependent on others.”* Taking it a step further – look at the […]

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You Count: Featured Teen Volunteer

Sno-Isle Libraries are great, not just because of the resources we hold, events we offer, and friendly staff ready to help you. Our volunteers make a HUGE difference. Not only do they help take care of tasks that need to be done, but they step up to be a part of the library community. Being present […]

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You Count: Young Changemakers’ Summit

Happy New Year! Are you resolving this year to make the world a better place, but don’t know how to get started? You may be interested in a special training coming up on Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Monday January 16, 2017) in Edmonds. The Young Changemakers’ Summit is a “free and interactive training for young […]

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You Count – Reflecting on 2016

2016 is coming to a close and 2017 is just around the corner. It’s a great time to look back and see what you’ve accomplished, and make some goals for the new year (typically known as New Year’s resolutions). When you reflect on the past year, you may want to ask yourself a few of […]

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You Count: Harry Potter Alliance

Harry Potter fans, are you looking for a way to help the world? The Harry Potter Alliance can help you with that. A non-profit organization, their motto is that they “turn fans into heroes” and the group’s vision is to make “A creative and collaborative culture that solves the world’s problems.” Fans can become heroes […]

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You Count – Island County Volunteer Opportunities

Looking for volunteer opportunities on Whidbey Island? Perhaps one of these might work for you… An organization for animal-loving teens is the WAIF Animal Shelter. They are open to youth volunteers as well as adult volunteers! Their website is here:http://www.waifanimals.org/. Teens interested in theater may wish to volunteer at the Whidbey Playhouse, an amateur community theatre […]

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You Count – Human Rights Day

December 10th is Human Rights Day. On this day in 1948, the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The UN is sharing this message about Human Rights Day  – “This year, Human Rights Day calls on everyone to stand up for someone’s rights! Many of us are fearful about the way the […]

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You Count – World Aids Day

December 1 is World Aids Day. This day was established in 1988 to raise awareness about the disease, which is caused by HIV. According to the CDC, more than 1.2 million people live with HIV in the United States. “Globally there are an estimated 34 million people who have the virus. Despite the virus only […]

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You Count – International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

November 25 is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. In 1999, the United Nations designated the day and “…invited governments, international organizations and NGOs to organize activities designed to raise public awareness of the problem on that day.” Why did the United Nations take this step? Violence against women is a […]

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