Editorials

lightworkers, change, charity, youth devlopment

Meeting The Mayor…. By Hal Eisenberg, L.M.S.W.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has. – Margaret Mead, Cultural Anthropologist   CEO of Windows of Opportunity with Mayor Jennifer Roberts of Charlotte, North Carolina… Blessed by her presence….Prayers that our NYC Mayor will learn from her and bigger prayers that the rest of our government will as well…. I haven’t written in awhile, but with all the efforts going on throughout Windows of Opportunity surrounding [...]

suicide, bully, fear, netflix, 13 reasons why

13 Reasons Why – A Commentary – By Jaelyn Peek, Age 16

  Netflix Promo Ad for 13 Reasons Why I just finished watching the new tv show 13 Reasons Why on Netflix. It’s about a teenage girl who commits suicide, and records 13 tapes explaining why she did it and who was involved. While it is explicit and at certain points disturbing and painful to watch, it is also authentic and straightforward and brutally honest. There are scenes about bullying, rape, and suicide. But instead of turning the camera away at the [...]

police brutality, violence, shooting, leadership

Let’s Not Sugarcoat the Facts – By Travis Boothe

The episode of “The Lawn Chair” from the television series Scandal relates to our Love in Action class because everything that we see and hear changes the way teenagers and people in general view the events going on in the world today. The episode mainly focused on the problems between the police and citizens (mainly black people), and the struggles that they have to go through with each other. It also shows the things that leaders do without the [...]

walk in the park, bereavement, eating disorder, education

Not Just A Walk in the Park… All Lives Matter – By Hal Eisenberg, CEO

As I read this article (below) I thought about that day in the park. She was sitting there and on the surface she looked as if she was staring out at the universe blindly. At moments I didn’t know what to think. I was at a lost for words and all I hoped for was that my unconditional love for the soul sitting next to me would allow her to tell me what was going on. That day in [...]

the inner you, butterfly, eating disorders, self esteem

What Is Wrong With Our Medical Profession? By Hal Eisenberg, CEO

I was asked to write a reaction as a professional social worker who has worked with many youth and adults who are struggling with an Eating Disorder to the following quote in the article linked below. The original article is posted under my reaction. The article is actually a very good article on Binge Eating Disorder (BED) and is advocating for services but I am still appalled that there is not more being done professionally for those struggling. Education is [...]

dinner, charity, great minds, peace, love, happiness

A Magical Dinner Party – By Sandy Corso, Huffington Post

A NYC friend recently invited me to a dinner party. He warned it would be a magical night and, wow, was he right! I am always amazed at selfless people whose main goal in life is to make the world a better place. I was so inspired by this table of people that I decided to share their amazing stories and inspirations. Such an honor to be present amongst them!   With Sandy Henson Corso, Cyn English, Hal Eisenberg, Alex Garfield, [...]

shortstack, model, breaking the rules, youth leadership

Flurt: Shortstack Modeling Agency Dares to Break the Rules

It’s every girl’s dream, at one point or another, to become a model. Walking the runway, modeling clothes by famous designers, being on the cover of Vogue, Elle, Seventeen…what’s not to want? However, as much as being a cover girl may seem easy and breezy, so many things happen behind the scenes: Photoshop, body-shaming, height-shaming and the pressure to be and look like the ideal, just to name a few.

The Haiti Blogs: My Journey of Hope and Rediscovery – Pt 1

By Hal Eisenberg February 13, 2014 As I sit at my kitchen table and glance at the 6 to 10 inches of snow falling outside my window, it is hard to believe in just 24 hours we will finally (and hopefully) be touching down in Haiti for our Love in Action adventure. I wish I could say that is when the whirlwind will begin, but, as I am sure most of my readers who know me so well will attest, [...]

I Keynoted a Teen Conference Friday…and I remembered how much I love talking with young people!

By Dina Wilcox Windows of Opportunity (WOO)—a little not-for-profit with a huge heart and commitment to teens—sponsored its 9th annual DREAM OUT LOUD conference at St. John’s University on March 1st. I was honored to be the first speaker of the day. As always, the young people were amazing, so responsive, so kind, and so present. As I have many times in the past 20 years, I told my story of falling in love and getting caught in the AIDS epidemic. [...]

Inspiring Africa

By Hal S. Eisenberg, L.M.S.W. There was no doubt in my mind that I was an emotional wreck over this trip. I haven’t felt this way since I was 8 years old and my parents dropped me off at sleep away camp for the first time ever. I spent the first 48 hours of that camp experience crying. All these years later I feel the same apprehension and fear of the unknown. Will I come back? Will the plane crash? [...]