This little nondescript orange-and-blue building? It might just hold the next tech pioneers.
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Programmer. Graphic designer. App developer. These are the jobs of the next generation.

But children in underserved schools across the country won't get these tech skills. At least, not unless we make some changes — fast.



Enter Camp Interactive, which has a mission: to inspire the next generation of technology leaders from underserved communities.

The camp — which operates out of a New York City building that looks more like a bodega than a school — creates leaders like like Sam, a 15-year-old whose team helped design an app for kids to take the safest path through their neighborhood. Basically, they saw a problem, and his team helped create a solution that used programming and tech skills.

They weren't just learning; they were doing it in real time.

It's the kind of innovative approach to learning we need in a time of school budget shortfalls and fewer resources for schools around the country.

When 16 million American kids live in poverty, and half of them will not make it out of that cycle, and at the same time, only about 1 in 10 U.S. high schools offers computer programming courses ... well, there's a problem just screaming for a solution.

Camp Interactive utilizes three "tracks" or programs to help with this:

1. Code/Interactive, where students attend after-school classes to learn programming skills and coding.

2. Camp/Interactive, where students get to attend a two- to 10-day camp at which they learn leadership skills, apply tech skills to solve problems, create business plans, and design prototypes.

3. Career/Interactive, which are summer camps where some of the top tech companies in the country hire these students for paid internships, and they receive hands-on experience and training that will help set them up for a future career.

To find out more, head on over to C/I's website or their Facebook page.

The workforce is competitive enough, so programs like this are a way to provide the tools and skills kids need now so that they can hit the ground running.

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In 1945, the world had just endured the bloodiest war in history. World leaders were determined to not repeat the mistakes of the past. They wanted to build a better future, one free from the "scourge of war" so they signed the UN Charter — creating a global organization of nations that could deter and repel aggressors, mediate conflicts and broker armistices, and ensure collective progress.

Over the following 75 years, the UN played an essential role in preventing, mitigating or resolving conflicts all over the world. It faced new challenges and new threats — including the spread of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction, a Cold War and brutal civil wars, transnational terrorism and genocides. Today, the UN faces new tensions: shifting and more hostile geopolitics, digital weaponization, a global pandemic, and more.

This slideshow shows how the UN has worked to build peace and security around the world:

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Malians wait in line at a free clinic run by the UN Multidimensional Integrated Mission in Mali in 2014. Over their 75 year history, UN peacekeepers have deployed around the world in military and nonmilitary roles as they work towards human security and peace. Here's a look back at their history.

Photo credit: UN Photo/Marco Dormino

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Tom says he wanted to bring to life "the times we live in and communicate topical issues in a relatable way."

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Sometimes, what's best is hard to discern. Sometimes it's absolutely not.

Such was the case this week when a parent at a St. Louis elementary school complained in a Facebook group about a book that was read to her 7-year-old. The parent wrote:

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