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Today's guest post is written by Clay Hurdle of Lake Park, Georgia. Clay is a member of generationOn's Youth Advisory Council and a recipient of generationOn's 911 National Day of Service & Remembrance Mini-Grant.

From aiding Haiti earthquake survivors to feeding the hungry in local communities to educating peers about environmental issues, young people across the country are helping to shape their communities -- and the world --through service.

This past weekend, kids from all around the world participated in  The Great Kindness Challenge, the annual event where kids around the world perform as many acts of kindness as possible.

Want to make sure your family is prepared for natural disasters? On August 15, generationOn and the Get HandsOn Campaign will launch Good & Ready! This program focuses on emergency preparedness efforts and encourages Americans to create family emergency plans, build emergency preparedness kits and get trained with an emergency response organization. By making a pledge to get good and ready you will be entered in our weekly sweepstakes drawing to win a $250 Lowe's gift card.

What's the hardest part about volunteering when you are a kid? Finding an opportunity in your community! Now, through the generous support of the Hasbro Children's Fund, generationOn is working with hundreds of organizations from across the country to increase volunteer opportunities for kids and families. Through our Ready-Set-Go!

This summer, twenty-four teachers gathered for two inspiring days of professional development and curriculum writing at the generationOn Summer Writing Institute. "What an amazing opportunity to collaborate! This was wonderful, and I'm ready to start another school year and make the world a better place!" said one Indiana teacher about the experience. A middle school teacher from Texas reflected, "Best learning experience I've had in years. This felt productive!"

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