Education is a human right but, unfortunately, it is something many kids and teens never get to experience. Factors like poverty, distance to the nearest school, health and more can all play a role in a child's ability to attend and succeed at school. But what better time to address these obstacles than the back-to-school season!

generationOn is excited to honor 6 amazing Clubs with the 2017 Club of the Year award! Clubs were judged on their projects' innovation and creativity, community impact and participation in generationOn programming.

Each awardee will receive $500 to support future projects. Here are just some highlights of the Clubs' accomplishments:




Animals around the world face struggles that they have no control over: climate change, destruction of their habitats, pollution or not being able to find a home. Since they don't have the ability to communicate what they need, it's our job as humans to give them the voices they don't have!

Not sure what to get your dad for Father's Day? Give him the gift of family time by getting together to volunteer in your community! If you're not sure how to get started, we have plenty of projects that only take a short amount of time but make a big difference:

With summer fast approaching, many of us are focusing on our health. Whether that means incorporating more variety into our diet, finding new ways to be active or just getting outside to enjoy more sun, there is no better time to focus on improving your own health... and helping your community do the same!

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!