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One Size Does Not Fit All

The ConnectOC Blog is a place for sharing insight, information and examples of how Orange County residents, donors and nonprofits are working to build a brighter, stronger, more vibrant community.  We welcome you to share your thoughts by commenting below. New Research Gives Insight into Breast Cancer; Fuels Hope for a Cure. Although controversy has surrounded actress and activist Angelina Jolie during most of her career, her decision last year to submit to a voluntary double ...
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Breaking the Cycle of Teenage Pregnancy

The ConnectOC Blog is a place for sharing insight, information and examples of how Orange County residents, donors and nonprofits are working to build a brighter, stronger, more vibrant community. We welcome you to share your thoughts by commenting below. Local programs offer teen mothers and their babies a healthy start and a bright future. At just 17, Elizabeth learned she was pregnant. At a time when her peers were daydreaming about prom dresses, Elizabeth ...
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It’s Time to Stand Up for Girls

By Nancy Nygren The ConnectOC Blog is a place for sharing insight, information and examples of how Orange County residents, donors and nonprofits are working to build a brighter, stronger, more vibrant community. We welcome you to share your thoughts by commenting below. As the leader of an organization dedicated to empowering girls, I am heartened by the ads that have recently flooded facebook, twitter, and my email inbox. Companies are advocating for social change, ...
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Sparking a Creative Community

By Shelley Hoss The ConnectOC Blog is a place for sharing insight, information and examples of how Orange County residents, donors and nonprofits are working to build a brighter, stronger, more vibrant community. We welcome you to share your thoughts by commenting below. Local arts organizations fuel minds and hearts as well as our local economy. Long before the Orange County Performing Arts Center (now Segerstrom Center for the Arts) opened in Costa Mesa in ...
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Charting a Course for Orange County’s Future

The ConnectOC Blog is a place for sharing insight, information and examples of how Orange County residents, donors and nonprofits are working to build a brighter, stronger, more vibrant community.  We welcome you to share your thoughts by commenting below. United Way President and CEO Max Gardner shares an ambitious 10-year plan for collective impact. United Way is one of the best-known brands in U.S. philanthropy. The first United Way was founded in Denver in ...
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Helping the Next Generation Find Purpose and Passion

The ConnectOC Blog is a place for sharing insight, information and examples of how Orange County residents, donors and nonprofits are working to build a brighter, stronger, more vibrant community.  We welcome you to share your thoughts by commenting below.  The Encuentros Leadership Academy connects middle- and high school-aged boys with much-needed role models. Salvador Martinez is ready to be a leader. The Anaheim High School junior has dodged gang life and avoided the temptations of ...
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Unseen and Unheard: Aging in Need in Orange County

The ConnectOC Blog is a place for sharing insight, information and examples of how Orange County residents, donors and nonprofits are working to build a brighter, stronger, more vibrant community. We welcome you to share your thoughts by commenting below. We’re unprepared to address the needs of one of the fastest-growing segments of our population. Older adults today are more visible, active and independent than any previous generation. Many are in better shape and embracing ...
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Families Landlocked in Food Deserts

The ConnectOC Blog is a place for sharing insight, information and examples of how Orange County residents, donors and nonprofits are working to build a brighter, stronger, more vibrant community. We welcome you to share your thoughts by commenting below. Many low-income families lack basic access to healthy food options. For many Orange County commuters, stopping to buy a bottle of water or a snack from a convenience store is a time-saver. Yet for too ...
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June 15 World Elder Abuse Day is Reminder Rising Epidemic

The ConnectOC Blog is a place for sharing insight, information and examples of how Orange County residents, donors and nonprofits are working to build a brighter, stronger, more vibrant community. We welcome you to share your thoughts by commenting below. It was only supposed to be temporary. Just a few months until they got back on their feet - and in the meantime, an extra pair of hands around the house would be a blessing ...
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Could Restorative Justice Unlock the Potential of Troubled Youth?

The ConnectOC Blog is a place for sharing insight, information and examples of how Orange County residents, donors and nonprofits are working to build a brighter, stronger, more vibrant community. We welcome you to share your thoughts by commenting below. Research shows that expulsions and suspensions do more harm than good for the future of our students and our community. What if we could unlock the potential of each student instead of locking a troubled ...
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