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Gabriel Ruas Santos Rocha

How Models Taught Me it is OK to Miss Home

Gabriel Ruas Santos Rocha | December 1, 2015 | Teen
One of my assignments on fourth grade was to read a book about a girl who traveled abroad on an exchange student program. This was a thoroughly engaging tale of chasing independence, dealing with language barrier, new cultures and experiencing...
Jamie Gleklen

What Disney Channel Taught Me

Jamie Gleklen | December 1, 2015 | Teen
When I see seven year-olds under a captivated trance from their iPhones, my reaction tends to be a mixture of shock and disbelief. Entertainment for today's youth is so readily available that boredom seems to be an issue of the past. There is always something new to discover at the...
Katherine Du

Laurel House Makes Higher Education Possible for the Mentally Ill

Katherine Du | December 1, 2015 | Teen
Gregg Pauletti, Laurel House's Thinking Well Coordinator and Education Counselor, in Thinking Well's program space in Stamford, Connecticut. Credit: Katherine Du Laurel House, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization serving Fairfield County since 1984, provides the thriving Supported Education and...

The Good Dinosaur: Fantastically Funny Family Film, Perfect for Sharing

KIDS FIRST! | November 26, 2015 | Teen
The Good Dinosaur, which opens this weekend, asks the question: What if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct?
Katherine Du

Resources to Recover Aids the Human Capacity to Survive Mental Illness

Katherine Du | November 29, 2015 | Teen
Jay Boll, Vice President and Editor-in-Chief of Resources to Recover (RtoR). Credit: Katherine Du Resources to Recover (RtoR), a gateway website equipping families with resources to tackle mental illness, has flourished since its launch in 2014. An initiative...
Sherina Harris

The Evolution of Emoji Language

Sherina Harris | November 29, 2015 | Teen
I don't know if emojis will ever be deemed appropriate enough to use in a news article, but the thought alone is pretty cool. And what about for essays? No more changing "it's" to "it is" in an attempt to get your word count up: just add some emojis!
Sophia Slater

What Matters in an Internship: Reconceptualizing the NGO Sector

Sophia Slater | November 29, 2015 | Teen
Dharamsala, India, where I worked withthe Tibetan Women's Association When I tell friends and relatives that I interned at an NGO last summer, their...
Arielle Cadet

Why I've Chosen to Stick with Mizzou

Arielle Cadet | November 24, 2015 | Black Voices
I love Mizzou today just as much as I did the first day I learned about it. The only way that we are ever going to grow as a university, and as a community, is to listen to what everyone has to say. I know that it will take some time for the university to heal, but I know that I will still be here while it does.

Book-Based Films Offer Evergreen Entertainment in a Soft Way

KIDS FIRST! | November 20, 2015 | Teen
The Snowman is one of my all-time favorite pieces of animation. Directed by Dianne Jackson and produced by Jonathan Coates, this non-narrative film truly is filled with wonder. The haunting music by Howard Blake, "Walking in the Air," stays with me for days every time I watch this film.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 - Nothing Can Prepare You For The End

KIDS FIRST! | November 19, 2015 | Teen
This closing film to The Hunger Games trilogy shows Katniss Everdeen, the reluctant leader of the rebellion leading an army against President Snow. Her tragic journey finally comes to an end with this emotional finish. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Clayton P. comments, "The...

Why Feminism Still Needs To Be Called Feminism

Bustle | November 19, 2015 | Women
If people really want a word that's all about fighting for the rights of women in the world, "feminism" is the best we've got, and there are good historical reasons as to why.
Yii-Huei Phang

Learning Languages Beyond the Classroom

Yii-Huei Phang | November 19, 2015 | Teen
There is no right or wrong way to learn a language, but there are many other ways to implement that aren't monotonous or arduous to improve your learning.
DJ Louie XIV

Justin Bieber and His Hollow Purpose

DJ Louie XIV | November 18, 2015 | Entertainment
Justin Bieber's latest single, "Sorry," a moombahton-pop delight, opens with the line, "You have to go and get angry at all of my honesty." It's an odd choice for an apology song, Bieber prefacing his mea culpa by blaming the object of his touted remorse.

WATCH: Teenager Starts Club To Honor Late Father's Kindness

HooplaHa | November 18, 2015 | Teen
B kind, a club started by sisters, is all about encouraging acts of kindness in our everyday lives. B kind was inspired by the life of Bill Mahoney, a loving husband and father whose life was tragically cut short by pancreatic cancer on April 30, 2013. Bill was one of...
Sophie Roth-Douquet

The Five Reasons Girls Should Code

Sophie Roth-Douquet | November 19, 2015 | Teen
This summer I helped change the world. Well, not really, but I took part in a movement that is. I was in a summer program called Girls Who Code, which gives high school girls a crash course in how to program in order to close the gender gap in the tech world. It was a ton of fun, and I found out how important it is that girls code.
Elle Shaheen

College Board and SATs

Elle Shaheen | November 17, 2015 | Teen
To the College Board, the year is 2015 and young people across this country and around the world are taking the SATs with challenges. Rather than insisting that I prove the medical necessity of my service dog, how about working to design a test that is a measurement of what we are capable of out in the world?
Murray Rosenbaum

Welcome to Dumb Starbucks, How Can We Help You?

Murray Rosenbaum | November 17, 2015 | Teen
Nathan was astonished at the reaction, and irony of the whole situation. He was compared to Banksy for creating a business that happened to screw the real infinitely larger version of itself due to a loophole, yet his goal in creating the business was to make money.

WATCH: Student Starts A Movement To Brighten Everyone's Day

HooplaHa | November 17, 2015 | Teen
One very uplifting young man knows the power of a high five. When Jeremy Grace noticed a friend was having a bad day, he flipped up his hand and gave her a high five. Noticing the positive effect it had on her mood, he decided to give out high fives...
Valeria Laura Rigo

I'm Scared I'll Be Single Forever

Valeria Laura Rigo | November 18, 2015 | Teen
It is universally acknowledged that an average person will have its heart broken many times throughout its life. Most of these heartbreaks will happen, of course, when that person is young. But at some point, like in every romantic movie, you'll find your true love, your other half, your special...
Mythic Bridge

Hurting Girl - A Music Video About Shame & Suicide

Mythic Bridge | November 13, 2015 | Teen
Mythic Bridge participant-turned-mentor, Alexis Ariel Plaza, debuts her new video about bullying, adolescence, and the power of self-worth. "We're all told we have a corner of the world and expected to know who we are by 16. I spent most of my young highschool days trying to figure out not only where my corner was, but who I was artistically and as a person. When I entered into the community of Mythic Bridge, I slowly found myself as a person and an artist with each workshop. I started creating pieces for change: I did "Pass the Salt" about drug addiction and "No Apologies" about loving who you are as a human with Mythic Bridge guiding me along the way. It was at this point where I started to branch out and do things on my own. I decided to take what I learned from Mythic and create a piece of my own. I stayed up late one night listening to this song that had me reflect on my past experiences. Using those experiences, I created the narrative to my rap "Hurting Girl." This piece came from a very personal place with all of the intentions of getting a message across; you never know what someone is going through. Everyone has a moment where they felt it was the end and were being judged left and right. And in some cases it may have been taken to the extremes that I display in the song. I put in my experiences because I felt that if it sounded extremely realistic, the message would be more prominent than making the whole thing up. The hope is for the rate of bullying and depression related suicides to drop with the release of this piece. Maybe someone out there will think twice before picking on the "nerdy" kid in school, or taking yourself away from those who love you." - Alexis Directed by Peter Freed and filmed at LaLuz Studios, Brooklyn NY, Produced by Mythic...
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