Social Change Rockstar Interview!

Allison Jones (who, by the way, is a total rockstar herself), features an interview with me for her Social Change Rockstar series on her blog:  http://entrylevelliving.wordpress.com/2010/03/17/social-change-rockstar-crystal/ There I offer some insight into why I got behind projects like What’s Next (go back us on Kickstarter!), I dish on dirty little secrets for managing school alongside … Continue reading

Empowering Beneficiaries Into Advocates

This guest post was originally written for Ashoka’s Mommy Movement blog, which features bloggers reflecting on solutions to improve women’s lives. Go check them out! :) It’s also a sneak peek at my “big idea” for What’s Next. You should contribute! Enjoy! Most people consider themselves advocates for people being served by causes. The man … Continue reading

How to Engage High School Student Volunteers

If you work in the nonprofit industry or if you’re at a company that has an internship program for students, I encourage you to read my guest blog post over at VolunteerSpot! Here’s a sneak peek… :) “When extraordinary change agent and high school student Crystal Yan reached out to us and wanted to write … Continue reading

Contribute to What’s Next!

A while ago, I talked about a project I was starting up: What’s Next: Big Ideas from 25 Gen-Yers Under 25, an e-book with 25 under 25 changemakers and their visions for the future. I am proud to announce that we are now open for submissions! Learn more at http://www.hereswhatsnext.com/ and contribute at here Submissions … Continue reading

Presentation (Supernova 2009): Youth Engagement in Social Media

When companies try to push social media too hard on youth, it feels like unsolicited advertising. When you present us with opportunities and benefits, it feels like we’re an insider and part of your company culture. Join Crystal Yan, a high school student, in exploring some techniques to engage with youth and not simply market … Continue reading

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