28446920090_d4b0319045_o Building a peaceful and better world through sport and the Olympic ideal (8/23/2016) - At a time where an unprecedented 65.3 million people have been forced from their homes and 10 million people are currently stateless and have been denied a nationality and access to basic human rights, the welcoming of an Olympic team of refugees is more important than ever before
IMG_3960 Youth for Change: Empowering Arab Youth and Inspiring Future Generations (8/18/2016) - Community programs that focus on youth-generated ideas and initiatives can give whole communities a sense of connectedness and hope through their future generations. Youth for Change (YFC) is a youth-led program started in 2008 as a pilot project that has grown rapidly.
Screen Shot 2016-08-16 at 4.04.08 PM Cities for People: Reimagining the Cities of Tomorrow (8/16/2016) - As cities become denser, an important question arises: How we can make our urban spaces more livable, joyous and socially connected? Currently a pan-Canadian initiative is looking at ways to build more inclusive, innovative and resilient cities.
ImpactInvesting Feature Pic Private Capital for Collective Benefit: Realizing Social Change through Impact Investing (8/9/2016) - Impact investments target social and environmentally-responsible projects with financial return as well. These projects help foster community resilience and help investors around the world “do good while doing well.”
article2photo Facing Climate Change Together: Social Connectedness in the Face of Catastrophe (8/4/2016) - Socially connected communities demonstrate greater resilience in the face of disaster. It is important to truly foster strong social networks so that the most vulnerable and disconnected members of society are not forced to face the harsh realities of climate change alone.
Basketballphoto (1) Unified Sports: A Life Changing Opportunity (8/2/2016) - Organizations and individuals are increasingly seeking to find new ways to promote inclusion and strengthen social connections between those with and those without disabilities. Unified Sports is an inclusive sports program that unites Special Olympics athletes (individuals with intellectual disabilities) and partners (individuals without intellectual disabilities) as teammates for training and competition.

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