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At Risk Youth

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 07.24.2015 | 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 07.09.2015 | 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 07.07.2015 | 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.

Detroit Horse Power: Urban Horsemanship Provides A Proven Tool For Changing Lives

Nancy Kotting | Posted 06.30.2015 | Detroit
Nancy Kotting

There are models across the country where horses are brought into urban environments to enhance the lives of those within. They exist legally via ordinance or special use permits, some for recreational purposes such as the Los Angeles Equestrian Center.

Horses and Spirituality

Tim Hayes | Posted 06.30.2015 | Politics
Tim Hayes

For over two decades I have been teaching the principals of Natural Horsemanship (or what was once referred to as "Horse Whispering") helping humans create better relationships with their horses.

Horses Don't Get Divorced ~ Healing Today's At Risk Youth

Tim Hayes | Posted 06.12.2015 | Politics
Tim Hayes

After nine years of marriage, when Kyle was seven, his parents John and Sandy divorced. As divorces go, it was relatively amicable, and after about two years both parents were in new committed relationships.

Horses Helped This Vet With PTSD After No One Else Could

Tim Hayes | Posted 05.27.2015 | Politics
Tim Hayes

The natural ability of a horse to accept, without judgment, anyone, including a soldier who had seen or done horrific things and, by so doing, express compassion and benevolent acknowledgement was another extraordinary gift that horses were capable of giving to humans.

How Wild Horses Made Prison Inmates Realize Something Transformative About Themselves

Tim Hayes | Posted 05.20.2015 | Politics
Tim Hayes

One of my first experiences in witnessing the amazing dynamic that is possible in the interaction between horses and humans occurred at a maximum-security prison in Florence Colorado. It was here that I was introduced to The Wild Horse Inmate Program or WHIP.

It Takes More Than a Village

Michael Meade, D.H.L. | Posted 05.11.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Michael Meade, D.H.L.

A society is playing with fire when it neglects the needs and desires of its young people; not only are natural talents wasted, but a sense of despera...

How Business Leaders Can Engage Young People And Help Them Rise Above Their Circumstances

Sam Kirk | Posted 05.07.2015 | Business
Sam Kirk

By providing these viable alternatives, businesses and schools can ultimately help young people fulfill their potential and avoid an at-risk lifestyle.

The Things We Take For Granted: This Week In Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 06.20.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Super Food for Malnourished Children in Cameroon. After years of studying abroad, Marcel Kwedi returned to his native Cameroon with a desire support his community. When he returned to his village, he found desertification and rising food costs, which led him to launch NUTRIMAX.

Young People Making a Difference: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 06.07.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Two years ago The Pollination Project started a daily giving practice, making daily $1000 grants to social change visionaries around the world.

The Long-Range Threat Is Poor Education, Not Nukes

Hal Donahue | Posted 05.24.2015 | Education
Hal Donahue

Without a strong education base, a global power cannot maintain its leadership position. The United States' massive investments in education following World War II and during the Cold War space race allowed the nation to successfully compete on existing resources. This trend is ending.

Teenage War On Parenting

Shafiq R. Fulcher Abdussabur | Posted 05.08.2015 | Parents
Shafiq R. Fulcher Abdussabur

Regardless of race, religion, creed, or ethnicity, all is viewed as equal, and in a world where the teenage mindset will compromise even the well-planned and effective parenting philosophies one has, it shows no prejudice.

Mindfulness in the City

Gina de la Chesnaye | Posted 04.08.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Gina de la Chesnaye

I'm a teacher with a non-profit organization that brings mindfulness-based exercises to at-risk, incarcerated or court-involved youth and their suppor...

Rebecca Klein

Why Schools Should Pay More Attention To Students' Grit And Self-Control

HuffingtonPost.com | Rebecca Klein | Posted 12.30.2014 | Politics

It may be just as important to evaluate schools based on students’ levels of motivation and perseverance as it is to judge them based on students' s...

Rethinking Unemployment: Why We Need to Invest in Children

Traci Donnelly | Posted 02.09.2015 | Impact
Traci Donnelly

Feelings of security, confidence, and self-reliance; a supportive relationship with a caring adult --a child needs all of these in order to learn and grow.

Jesse Hazelip's "Mark of Cain" at Known Gallery Highlights Prison Injustice

Lisa Derrick | Posted 01.12.2015 | Arts
Lisa Derrick

Transitioning into galleries, he continues to use wheat paste and paint public space, running his own "ad campaigns" with graffiti and posters to reach as many free minds as possible.

Gratitude Speaks: Ellie Laks, The Gentle Barn

Miriam Ava | Posted 01.12.2015 | Impact
Miriam Ava

Gratitude Speaks creates worlds. Gratitude Speaks brings forth what has not existed before. It's wild, and free, and magical. Through Gratitude Spe...

What One Speaker Learned From The Teenagers On Career Day

Laura Munson | Posted 12.29.2014 | Fifty
Laura Munson

As a dreamy, driven teen, it was a challenge that both daunted and inspired me throughout my high school career. My dreams were always out-of-the-box -- an artist of some sort -- an actress, maybe a film-maker ... but luckily I was someone who figured out how to comfortably be in-the-box, keeping my out-of-the-box thoughts mostly to myself.

For California Youth, Most Murder Victims Killed With Guns

Josh Sugarmann | Posted 12.08.2014 | San Francisco
Josh Sugarmann

Preventing access to guns is only one piece. Our report took a close look at local strategies that have worked -- and what hasn't worked -- to help bring the violence under control.

The Gentle Barn: Creating a Sanctuary Where Animals Heal and Children Find Hope

BJ Gallagher | Posted 12.06.2014 | Impact
BJ Gallagher

It was a beautiful, sunny, breezy Sunday in Los Angeles when my son Michael and I drove north into the foothills to spend some time at the Gentle Barn.