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At Risk Youth

Veterans Mentor Chicago's At-Risk Youth, Help Them Cope With Trauma

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 07.06.2016 | Good News

Veterans in Chicago are connecting with teens who have been exposed to violence to help them work toward bright futures. Through the mentorship progr...

Inside The Chicago Program That Is Slashing Youth Crime Rates

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 06.27.2016 | Politics

The Chicago-based program Becoming A Man is the type that allows rival gang members to sit together, just days after one group killed a member of the ...

5 Tips for Teaching Mindfulness to At-Risk Teens

Greater Good Science Center | Posted 05.24.2016 | Parents
Greater Good Science Center

From day one, I knew that it was going to be a different kind of mindfulness class. But I was ready. I could handle this. I had years of teaching teens under my belt, a number of which were in inner-city schools. But I was an experienced-enough teacher to know that I was going to have to be on my toes--the whole time.

Journey to Access -- Building Access for Youth, Families and Communities

Faye Washington | Posted 05.24.2016 | Los Angeles
Faye Washington

What does it mean to have access to opportunity? Through the years, I have witnessed individuals, parents, families and teens who have struggled to su...

The Changing Dynamic Between the Teacher and the Taught

Suren Ramasubbu | Posted 04.13.2016 | Education
Suren Ramasubbu

Teachers, administrators, parents, students, and educational policy makers must work together on a range of assessment tools in order to optimize school operations and budgetary allocations for technology insertion into education.

Sprouting Change: This Week In Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 03.23.2016 | Impact
Ari Nessel

This week at The Pollination Project, we recognize seven grantees who are receiving seed grants that are sprouting change in the community for all, fr...

Faith Requires Us To Look After Vulnerable Children

Dr. Michael B. Brown | Posted 02.25.2016 | Religion
Dr. Michael B. Brown

During this critical year, I think we can call upon candidates for elected office to tell us what their action plans are for at-risk children. I haven't heard enough of that yet from those hoping to inhabit the White House, despite the fact that few topics are more urgent.

Powerful African American Leader Backs Motion Picture Academy's Proposed Changes to Achieve Oscar Diversity

Faye Washington | Posted 02.23.2016 | Impact
Faye Washington

As an agency of inclusion, change and empowerment, the YWCA Greater Los Angeles echoes the sentiments of our very own Cheryl Boone Isaacs. We respect her determination to draw positive change from the "heartbreak and frustration" occasioned by the lack of diversity in this and last year's Oscar race.

The Gentle Barn Rescues Animals and At-Risk Youth

Evey Rosenbloom | Posted 02.17.2016 | Impact
Evey Rosenbloom

Surrounded by gorgeous mountains, cow and horse pastures, shady trees and organic vegetable gardens, the Gentle Barn is a sanctuary that rescues animals and at risk youth.

Jailing Kids? We Can Do Better

ACLU of Washington | Posted 01.29.2016 | Impact
ACLU of Washington

On any given day, more than 60,000 children are locked up in our nation's juvenile facilities. Whether it's an urban jail or a rural boot camp, the results are the same.

Interview with Nationally Acclaimed Youth Motivator, Comedian and Keynote Speaker Michael Pritchard

Mark C. Miller | Posted 01.26.2016 | Good News
Mark C. Miller

Youth Motivator/Comedian Michael Pritchard Photo courtesy of Michael Pritchard Michael Pritchard began his career on both the comedy stage and as a...

How Will God Interview Parents?

Seth Adam Smith | Posted 01.25.2016 | Religion
Seth Adam Smith

What do you say to a parent who is struggling to help a wayward--perhaps even rebellious--teenager? Early in 2015, I had the opportunity to interview Nathan Mitchell, the Clinical Director of the ANASAZI Foundation.

How Horses Heal Our Emotional Wounds

Tim Hayes | Posted 12.03.2015 | Books
Tim Hayes

Twenty years ago as I began to gather research that would eventually form the basis of my book, Riding Home - The Power of Horses to Heal, I had my first eyewitness exposure to the psychological impact a horse can have on a human.

Robin Rivers: Getting Back Up

A Teacher Like You | Posted 11.23.2015 | Education
A Teacher Like You

We get so caught up in testing that we're forgetting to nurture kids. We forget that school isn't just a place to learn, but a place to grow and become a person. That person in charge of that classroom, who kids are looking up to, needs to be a nurturer and a caregiver, a counselor and a relationship guru.

Youth, Addiction, Horses and Healing

Tim Hayes | Posted 11.02.2015 | Books
Tim Hayes

Horses don't care who you are, what you've done, or what you believe. They care only about how you behave with them. This enables them to give unconditional acceptance to a troubled teen who is revealing his or her true self.

My Latin Paradigm and Growing Up Latina in Education

Mariaelena Marcano | Posted 10.14.2015 | Education
Mariaelena Marcano

Fair-skinned, single language learner, Mexican/Puertorican Latina placed in a Latin paradigm where I felt I did not identify at times and yet in the same breathe was not accepted either. Feeling as if I was questioned of my authenticity? I had to ask myself "Who and what am I?" everyday of my life.

Veterans With PTSD, Horses and Healing

Tim Hayes | Posted 10.13.2015 | Politics
Tim Hayes

After the explosion, Cody drove fast and never stopped. He said he didn't know how many bodies he hit--men, women, kids, animals. When all the vehicles got to FOB Cheyenne, it was hideous. There were guts, body parts, and blood from the people he hit covering the front of his truck.

By the Community, For the Community: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 09.29.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Communities typically have the keys to their own liberation and ability to thrive. This week The Pollination Project celebrates projects that are by ...

Award Ceremony for Those Helping Communities in Urban Youth

Marc A. Coronel | Posted 09.29.2015 | Impact
Marc A. Coronel

Last week, several thousands of people took time to celebrate and participate in the 20th annual KO High amateur boxing event.

The Importance of Retaining Girls in Sports

Edwin Moses | Posted 08.13.2015 | Impact
Edwin Moses

By the age of 14, girls drop out of sports twice as often as boys. Social stigma, lack of access, safety and transportation issues, costs and lack of positive role models can all contribute to the reasons why girls drop out of sports in their adolescent years.

From Teens in Jail to Teens Onstage: The Odyssey Project

Ming Holden | Posted 08.12.2015 | Education
Ming Holden

The Odyssey Project, now in its fifth year, is using the arts to combat recidivism for juvenile offenders in a completely unprecedented way: by creating an arts-based "intervention" at that critical point near the end of a juvenile offender's teen years, when, like Odysseus, they have life choices to make that will indelibly determine their future's path.

On When To Call 911

Bronwyn Lea | Posted 08.11.2015 | Impact
Bronwyn Lea

We call 911 when danger is imminent. Sometimes we don't know how dangerous that danger might be. Identifying at-risk teens had never been on my radar as a situation in which I might call 911. It is, however, a situation which I now know 911 does respond to and wants to know about.

Robert Redford on Horses, Healing and the Book Riding Home

Tim Hayes | Posted 07.24.2016 | Politics
Tim Hayes

Robert Redford has written a compelling Foreword to my new book, Riding Home: The Power of Horses to Heal. I am honored and profoundly grateful.

Detroit Kids Deserve Outdoor Adventures Too

Lisa Diggs | Posted 07.08.2016 | Detroit
Lisa Diggs

When you grow up in a city, it's easy to become somewhat immune to the charms of the surrounding landscape. Skyline structures have often replaced towering trees. Parks are limited to small spaces between city blocks.

Is It Possible To Raise Happy Kids In Affluence?

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 07.07.2016 | Parents
Dr. Peggy Drexler

Research has found that privileged kids are, as a whole, more self-centered, depressed, and self-destructive. They're more narcissistic, but struggle to develop a sense of self. And yet, they excel, often quite notably, in academics, sports, and other pursuits. So what we have is a generation of paradox: Bright, talented, increasingly troubled children.