This week on Full Frame: Teen volunteers

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With only a quarter of Americans aged 16 and older making time for volunteering at least once a year, volunteerism is at a record low in the United States.

That’s according to a 2014 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report.

This week on Full Frame – empowering the next generation of volunteers to make an impact, worldwide.

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Nancy Lublin: Inspiring young people to action

Nancy Lublin

Social entrepreneur and philanthropist Nancy Lublin talks about motivating young people.

A social entrepreneur, author, and philanthropist, Nancy Lublin’s online marketing and social media prowess has empowered a new generation of “do-ers.”

Her first foray into the non-profit world was the founding of “Dress For Success”, which promoted economic independence for disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, networking, and career development tools to help them succeed. Fifteen years later, Dress for Success is now in 19 countries and has helped more than 850,000 women work towards self-sufficiency.

Lublin was named one of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders by business magazine, Fortune, and awarded “Social Entrepreneur of the Year” in 2014 by the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship.

Her latest venture, Crisis Text Line, is a 24/7-support line for young people who are experiencing emotional crisis. Growing rapidly since its creation in 2011, counselors currently receive 15 million texts each day.

Nancy Lublin joins Mike Walter to discuss what she has learned about inspiring and motivating young people to give back in their communities and take action to make an impact.

Teen Volunteers: A commitment to serving

Mike Walter,  Eliana Stanislawski, Steven Rosenthal, Riley Gallagher

Mike Walter talks with a panel about volunteering around the globe.

While people choose to volunteer for a variety of reasons, most say they do it because they simply want to do something good for others. That desire and commitment to volunteerism holds true for this week’s panelists.

Steven Rosenthal is the executive director of Cross-Cultural Solutions, which he founded in 1995. A New York native, Steven is an expert in international development and volunteerism.

Riley Gallagher is a teenager who’s committed to serving India’s most vulnerable children. Last summer, she participated in the Cross-Cultural Solutions’ High School Volunteer Abroad program and considers India her ‘home away from home’.

And, Eliana Stanislawski is a campaign chair for the U.S. ‘Day of the Girl’ movement. She works tirelessly for girls’ human rights and to celebrate the unique and important contributions of girls.

Steven Rosenthal, Riley Gallagher and Eliana Stanislawski join Mike Walter in our New York studio to discuss their commitment to serving.

Yawei Liu – Volunteerism in Asia

Yawei Liu

Yawei Liu, director of the Carter Center’s China Program, talks about the state of volunteerism in China.

Since 2001, when the United Nations designated an ‘International Year of Volunteers’, China’s public perception of volunteering, particularly among its youth, has evolved.

In the past decade, millions of people have volunteered during key national events in China, bringing increased attention to social services and the country’s development goals.

Yawei Liu is the director of the China Program at the Carter Center and the associate director of the China Research Center in Atlanta, Georgia. He is also an adjunct professor of Political Science at Emory University.

Yawei Liu joins Mike Walter in our New York studio to discuss the state of volunteerism in China and what the next generation may bring.

Ziad Ahmed: Fighting discrimination

Ziad Ahmed

Teen activist Ziad Ahmed talks about fighting discrimination.

Sixteen-year-old Ziad Ahmed is a Bangladeshi-American Muslim living in Princeton, New Jersey. He attended a Catholic elementary school. It was here, shortly after the September 11th, 2001 terror attacks in the United States, that he saw, firsthand, the misconceptions and prejudice people had about Islam.

Ziad saw a need to speak out— to have a voice, not just for him, but for others who felt alone in defending who they are and where they come from.

Two years ago, he started a website called “Redefy”, designed as a place for young people to share their stories, online, in order to help others defy stereotypes and embrace acceptance.

His activism became so renowned and popular that he was recognized by the White House and his efforts earned him a seat at President Barack Obama’s dinner table this past summer.

Ziad Ahmed joins Mike Walter in our New York studio to share more about “Redefy” and finding his own voice.