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  A Spotlight on Parades and Leadership Mentoring
By Jason McGahan, January 2002
  I met Douglas Calvin two years ago. I had been living in D.C. one year and volunteering with a homeless shelter, a parks preservation group, and writing news articles for the D.C. Independent Media Center. Our meeting was serendipitous because I was beginning to doubt the effectiveness of my work, and to dismay at how my good intentions were being soured by inflexible bureaucracies. Doug’s ideas reinvigorated my dreams, which are like the pilot light for community activists like me. Since then I have been working with the YLSN to empower local kids the way Doug empowered me. More

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