Aging Today: What is Lifelong Learning?

The script for this piece originally aired during WFSU’s Aging Today segment. We tend to think of education as something we do early in life to prepare us for employment, but programs to give educational opportunities to older adults, often referred to as lifelong learning, have a different goal. Rather than taking courses to gain employment credentials,…

Is The Gender STEM Gap Smaller in Less Developed Countries Than in Highly Developed Ones? What Role Does Urbanization Play? Evidence From Cambodia

Women earn bachelor’s degrees at higher rates than men in most economically developed countries. Within these countries however, women continue to lag in postsecondary majors and careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.  This has considerable implications for women’s earnings.  While the relationship between economic development and urbanization and gender equity in educational…

Social Science Scholar: Internship with the Cambodian Children’s Advocacy Foundation

Because of Social Science Scholars, I was able to completely fund an entire internship in a foreign country, which is an amazing opportunity that few students are able to accomplish. I believe that my time in the program has greatly increased my own confidence in my abilities, along with overcoming my personal dilemmas that may have prevented me from going beyond my own limitations. Social Science Scholars is a phenomenal program that brings out the best in students by encouraging them to go forth into the world and take their knowledge and experience into the field.

Social Science Scholar: Asociacion CREAR, ESL Assistant

My experience with Asociacion CREAR has allowed me to see the important role of offering services to others that may help people achieve upward mobility. With the skills learned from Asociacion CREAR I am confident that I can work alongside other communities in Latin America through the Foreign Service or any NGO in their communities. This opportunity would have not been possible for me without the Social Science Scholars program and I am incredibly grateful for those that facilitated this experience.

Social Science Scholar: La Asociacion CREAR, Art Program Aide Intern

Without the generous funding and informative leadership seminar that Social Science Scholars provided me with, interning with an organization abroad would have been unimaginable. I am so thankful for the summer experience of living and working in rural Costa Rica. Through this trip, I was able to directly impact the communities of Playa Samara and El Torito by engaging the children in lessons that contribute to their personal growth. Interning with La Asociacion CREAR has also provided me with an intercultural experience that has allowed me to view the world through a new perspective.

Entrepreneurship Programs Can Help Ex-offenders Stay out of Prison

This piece first appeared in the Tallahassee Democrat. Struggling to re-enter society with nothing but lost time and the additional burden of a criminal record, ex-offenders have a 76.6% chance of being rearrested within five years. This is dramatic evidence of the failure of the so-called “punishment” or “retributive” approach to criminal justice, which promises…

BetterWorldBooks Promotes Literacy Through Enterprise

etterWordBooks is an example of a growing trend within the US and across the globe to define their businesses in terms of improving the welfare and prospects for marginalized people and communities. Using a sustainable business model where profits also serve their social mission, children, families, and the planet benefit.

Bali Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship Immersion ~ Summer 2018

Change will only come when we decide to take the first step. As social innovators, we must be bold enough to believe in the future we hope to create yet be humble enough to understand that most change happens slowly and, as such, we must remain steadfast. Complex social issues defy simple, straightforward solutions; they demand a deep understanding, our best ideas, a willingness to collaborate, and a long-term commitment. The Bali Immersion experience added an entirely unique and comprehensive layer to my undergraduate education, and I cannot imagine my time at Florida State without it.

Higher State And Local Minimum Wages May Be Hurting Teen Employment

It’s understandable that voters and officials are concerned about low-income workers and their families, but minimum wage increases have costs as well as benefits. One of these costs appears to be lower teenage employment, and most of these cities already have below-average teenage employment rates.

Do Mentors Help Young Adults Get a College Degree?

Despite the broad recognition that mentors are important for successfully transitioning to adulthood, it is less clear what mentor functions are most consequential for teenagers who aspire to get a college degree—advice, encouragement, role modeling, or material support. It is also unclear just how far the reach is in terms of helping young adults get a degree.