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WATCH: Special Friendships Build Over Bowling

HooplaHa | Posted 07.16.2015 | Good News
HooplaHa

Creating friendships when you're a teenager can be difficult. That's why The Friendship Circle was formed, an organization that pairs teens with kids who have special needs.

WATCH: Road to Recovery With Actor And Comedian Denis Leary

HooplaHa | Posted 07.15.2015 | Good News
HooplaHa

Denis, among many other things, is an actor using his fame to help troubled teens. The advocate for Road Recovery opens up in this video about how the program succeeds and why it is so amazing.

WATCH: Inspired Teen Gives Back With Positivity and a Prom Dress

HooplaHa | Posted 07.15.2015 | Good News
HooplaHa

When life gave Lexi Kelley lemons, she didn't just make lemonade. While recuperating from a terrifying car accident, 12-year-old Lexi was showered with love and support from those closest to her. As her condition began to improve, she realized how vital their role was to her recovery.

The Difficulties of Publishing a Novel As a Teenager

Mackenzie Patel | Posted 06.25.2015 | Teen
Mackenzie Patel

My novel is done. My editing is finished. My query letter begging established publishers to fall in love with my literature was picked over by my favorite teacher at my high school.

The Gift of Self-Awareness: A Secondary School's Realizing Potential Journey

Rosalinda Mercado-Garza | Posted 07.14.2015 | Teen
Rosalinda Mercado-Garza

How can we assist students in a secondary schools reach their fullest potential? As a part of the Realizing Potential Journey (RPJ) model, we encourage each educational entity to establish a foundation when it comes to developing students, parents and teachers.

Rachel Resheff -- Teenaged Broadway Veteran -- Part II

Ilana Rapp | Posted 07.07.2015 | Arts
Ilana Rapp

Actress Rachel Resheff is, um, amazing. That's the word fits the bill! She already has five Broadway shows under her belt and will now be performing at 54 Below in NYC. For you Orange is the New Black fans, you will recognize Rachel as young Alex Vause!

Rachel Resheff -- Teenaged Broadway Veteran -- Part 1

Ilana Rapp | Posted 07.07.2015 | Arts
Ilana Rapp

Ever have a friend who fits so many things into one day that it's impossible to understand where they find the time for everything? Well, that's actress Rachel Resheff. I can't even imagine how she found the time for this interview!

Confessions Of A Former Party Girl

Erin Reghenzani | Posted 07.07.2015 | Women
Erin Reghenzani

I loved who I was when I was drunk. I was witty and confident and fun. But that is me all the time... I just wasn't comfortable being me without the liquid courage. I couldn't find myself when I was sober, because I hadn't tried looking.

Independence & Relationship Abuse Survivors: Health Outcomes & the Obstacles on the Road to Freedom

Tania Bradkin | Posted 07.07.2015 | Women
Tania Bradkin

On July 4th, Americans across the world celebrated Independence Day. While the word, "independence" is universally associated with sentiments of growth and relief, for the women and men that survive relationship violence, the positive effects of leaving their abuser are not at all as instant.

How My Generation's Identity is Shaped by the Internet

Alex Iansiti | Posted 07.07.2015 | Teen
Alex Iansiti

A troubling identity crisis is becoming apparent in teenagers of my generation. While gender identification may be a more publicized issue, the internet has introduced a significantly more common phenomenon: the separation -- sometimes more like a chasm -- between online and real personas

The Earth and Me

KidSpirit | Posted 07.06.2015 | Religion
KidSpirit

Islam is a religion that teaches duty and responsibility. We are made dependent on one another so that we may help each other. My relationship with the earth isn't limited to just my lifetime, but to those born after me.

Get Ready for the Minecraft Generation

Chris Komisarjevsky | Posted 07.06.2015 | Technology
Chris Komisarjevsky

Admittedly, I am not a social scientist, nor do I play any video games, let alone Minecraft. While purists would use the term empirical research to describe my observations, we are now beginning to see the first of more formal research on these early teens and even younger kids.

Young Minds Need REM Sleep to Form Memories, Experiences

Van Winkle's | Posted 07.06.2015 | Parents
Van Winkle's

We all know that young minds are impressionable. But apparently impressions only stick after some deep REM sleep. New evidence suggests that the largely unknown, reparative stage is critical for brain development, as that's when a child's experiences are transformed into memories and abilities.

15-Year-Old Gives Amazing Speech To UN About Climate Change

Carly Steyer | Posted 07.13.2015 | Teen

This 15-year-old has got something to say, and on June 29th, the United Nations General Assembly heard him loud and clear. Xiuhtezcatl Roske-Marti...

A Tribute to My First Boyfriend

Loren DeLand Davis | Posted 07.01.2015 | Women
Loren DeLand Davis

Billy adored me as I came closer to that age where we keep losing reasons to adore ourselves. While sipping happy hour cocktails with girlfriends, I'd discuss my middle school boyfriend. "He was important," I'd say. "It was such a sweet thing. It was special."

Prayers For A Tween Girl

Galit Breen | Posted 07.01.2015 | Parents
Galit Breen

What I learned from watching a group of just-out-of-school tweens on a hot summer night is that right here and right now, they have the exact right idea.

Dashed Hopes: The Two Words That Erase Your Children's Dreams

Todd Kestin | Posted 06.30.2015 | Parents
Todd Kestin

I worked with John for several years, helping him navigate the treacherous waters of adolescence, and for as long as he could remember he had always wanted to bring together his love of numbers and sports, particularly baseball.

3 Perfect Reasons to Have a Selfie-Free Summer

Jennifer Wolfe | Posted 06.29.2015 | Parents
Jennifer Wolfe

Be present. Be grateful. Look out for the extraordinary in the ordinary. Use your voice - ask someone to help you take a photo instead of staying trapped inside yourself. Look up, breathe, throw your arms open wide and take it all in. This is your moment.

As for Me My God Used to Be Doubt

Andrew Isaac Burrill | Posted 06.25.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Andrew Isaac Burrill

For anyone who believes they're not worthy to live a life filled with anything but joy... this is for you. As for me, my God used to be Doubt. Als...

My Depression Is Not an Accessory

Jacob Hood | Posted 06.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Jacob Hood

Not only do statements such as, "I'm so depressed," or, "I swear I'm bipolar," diminish the reality of mental illness, but they also reduce the experiences of true victims to "just emotions." Depression isn't a mask you can slip on at your leisure to validate negative feelings.

What Teenage Boys Should Know About Teenage Girls

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 06.24.2015 | Women
Soraya Chemaly

Our lives, beginning when we were teenagers, have distinctly different aspects and are affected in ways that teenagers today are usually still not talking about. As young as 11 or 12, different rules and double standards based on gender begin to alter our day-to-day experiences in subtle, and often not-so-subtle, ways.

High School Graduation , Prize Day and Huck Finn

Wayne Meisel | Posted 06.24.2015 | Education
Wayne Meisel

It did not start out as a memorable day. As usual, my parents forced me to an event, in this case a graduation at Lawrenceville School for my first cousin. The event was held outside, and I can still see the space to the left of the stage where I played.

5 Signs That Your Daughter Is a Mean Girl

Rebecca Deurlein | Posted 06.23.2015 | Parents
Rebecca Deurlein

One would hope, with all the enlightenment we've had about bullying and online abuse, that we'd be "beyond" mean girls at this point in time. After all, this is a generation that has grown up under the umbrella of tolerance, so how can they be so hateful to people they view as different?

7 Challenges Parents of Teenage Girls Face With Regards to Sex

Sherrie Campbell, PhD | Posted 06.19.2015 | Parents
Sherrie Campbell, PhD

Very few things in adolescence are certain but there is one thing upon which most teenage girls agree, and that is, they must be sexy. They must wear the short shorts with their rear's hanging out to fit in and get attention.

Clueless Mom of a 16-Year-Old

Rebecca Stoufis | Posted 06.19.2015 | Parents
Rebecca Stoufis

Swishing red sequins, tap-shuffle-wing-tap, "Don't Rain on my Parade" blaring, while my dancing butterfly fluttering before me on the stage.