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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 ...

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 07.24.2015 | 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.