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One Last Letter for You, Santa

KidSpirit | December 20, 2014 | Teen
I love you, Santa. Have a very, very Merry Christmas! Good luck making all those presents, dear friend. My little sister's counting on you.
anna koppelman

This Is What It Really Feels Like to Be Bullied

anna koppelman | December 17, 2014 | Teen
When I walk though the halls, I look at my phone. I scroll though Facebook, I text my parents, I watch TED talks. I get to class; I sit down, look at my watch. I tell myself that there are only X amount of hours left in the day and that I'll be safe soon.
Dr. Jonathan Mermin

What Teens Don't Know Can Hurt Them (and Their Futures) -- Why STD Testing Is Critical

Dr. Jonathan Mermin | December 16, 2014 | Healthy Living
We all need to break the silence that surrounds STDs in our communities -- we should talk about STDs without shame or stigma and help young people understand STD screening is a routine, essential part of taking care of themselves and protecting their future health.
Vanessa Thompson

How I Transformed Math From Misery to Magic

Vanessa Thompson | December 16, 2014 | Teen
If stories are a part of who we are as humans, then why not teach math as a heroic journey in which the characters are numbers and the problems are compelling stories? Why not slay the dragon of Pi and live happily ever after in the faraway land of Algebra?
Nash Grier

Here's the Full Story About the Vine I Made

Nash Grier | December 16, 2014 | Teen
I was just a normal kid. I had 1,000 followers and I was the farthest thing from a role model and the person I consider myself to be today. From the bottom of my heart, I am truly sorry to each and every person I have ever offended.
Leo Sheng


Curiosity, Confusion and Comfort: The Three C's I Experience When Coming Out As Trans

Leo Sheng | December 15, 2014 | Teen
I feel like I owe it to those people to speak up and speak out, but I also owe it to myself to respect myself enough not to toss out my experiences carelessly. Like I said before, I'm cool with talking about gender. It's something that needs to be talked about.

'Exodus: Gods And Kings' - Grand! Truly the Most Epic Version of the Story of Moses

KIDS FIRST! | December 12, 2014 | Teen
The landscape of this film is colossal! If you get a chance, watch this on the big screen.
Bianca Hayes

Who Has the Answers?

Bianca Hayes | December 12, 2014 | Teen
Whether you want to be a singer, inventor, mathematician or a carpenter, you have to be "able to recognize opportunity and maximize it."
Wendi Nunnery


To Celebrate Taylor Swift's 25th Birthday, Here are 25 Things to Love About Her

Wendi Nunnery | December 12, 2014 | Entertainment
She's quirky and silly and finds joy in the small things, which is incredibly refreshing to see in someone who was ranked #18 on Forbes Celebrity 100 in June of this year.
Susannah Keogh

What Not to Say to College Students

Susannah Keogh | December 12, 2014 | College
Oh, you know, writing a couple of 1,000 word essays a term with barely any contact time is just a walk in a park. Seriously. A college degree isn't meant to be easy -- come on people.
Mackenzie Patel


7 Reasons Why 'Harry Potter' and 'Lord of the Rings' Should Be Required Reading in School

Mackenzie Patel | December 11, 2014 | Teen
Students would be more actively engaged and wouldn't dread coming home to do boring "homework." Instead, they would embark on innumerable journeys at night and come to appreciate the art of storytelling.

YA Trilogies That Ended in 2014 (That You Should Read in 2015)

EricSmith | December 13, 2014 | Books
How long will you have to wait for book two? And once that comes out, what about book three? How will the series end? Will you have invested a ton of time (and serious feels) into a series, only to be given an ending that leaves you disappointed?
Justina Sharp


No, The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show Isn't Bad for Teen Girls

Justina Sharp | December 10, 2014 | Teen
I shouldn't feel content with my body and the way I am, because I don't look like these Angels. Or at least, that's what the media is telling me and other girls (and boys) my age and beyond. If they're telling you that too, let me give you a piece of advice: ignore it.

'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay' - Part 1 - A Sure Hit With Teens and Tweens

KIDS FIRST! | December 9, 2014 | Teen
The aerial shots, emotions, excitement and the anticipation of what's happening next basically keeps your eyes glued to the screen.
Dawn Lugo

The Decision My Mom Made That Changed My Life

Dawn Lugo | December 9, 2014 | Teen
Can you imagine ever making a decision that had to do with bringing a child to a loving home? Well, Millie and her 14-year-old daughter had to make a tough choice. Her judgment changed her life and all those around her.
Teen Vogue

This 19-Year-Old College Student Built an Artificial Brain That Detects Breast Cancer

Teen Vogue | December 8, 2014 | Teen
Brittany Wenger is changing the game when it comes to cancer detection technology -- and, at 19, she's just getting started.
Camryn Garrett


5 Reasons Why I'm Seriously Crushin' On Lorde

Camryn Garrett | December 8, 2014 | Teen
She just has this way about her. If you've seen pictures of her performing, you'll probably feel this ripple effect: the force of her lyrics, her voice and her stage presence throw you out of your seat. And then there's her hair.
Literally, Darling

Don't Let Rolling Stone's Bad Journalism Hurt The Anti-Rape Movement

Literally, Darling | December 8, 2014 | Women
Don't let the holes in this story diminish your rage, do not let the fire burning across our schools and nation be smothered by shoddy journalism and a troubled and traumatized girl who has clearly suffered.
Deryn Mierlak


Why 'Sixteen Candles' Isn't As Charming As You Think

Deryn Mierlak | December 4, 2014 | Teen
Well, I'm a teen experiencing the gritty reality of 2014, and as the thirtieth anniversary of the beloved movie draws nearer, I decided to watch Sixteen Candles to see how it measures up to today's standards. My results? Surprising.
Amanda King

Nuture Versus Nature: Finding My Identity As an Adopted Child

Amanda King | December 4, 2014 | Teen
The only difference between me and a non-adopted child is that I just happen to have two more parents. Questions about my adoption don't bother me because I am not ashamed. Rather, I think of my adoption of something that makes me unique.
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