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The modern adolescent experience
Stephen Gray Wallace
Yet another alcohol-related death of a college student in America begs the question: “Why is this still happening?” Perhaps it’s our collective ambivalence about youth and alcohol.
Saying that our children are suffering from the pandemic would be a gross understatement.
The roles of summer camps and parents are critical. Collectively, we need not rescue our children but rather help make them ready for the world ahead.
The summer camp experience provides a safe place for young people to explore who they are. Summer camps can also support children who have experienced trauma in their lives.
The transition from high school to college ranks as one of the more challenging changes in the turbulence of life. And the global pandemic has made it that much harder.
While the winter months aren’t here yet, anticipating post-holiday doldrums may now elicit a form of grief.
Fall, this historic time of new beginnings and looking up may, because of the global pandemic, seem like, well, just more of the same.
While it’s not inappropriate to urge young people to practice self-care, many may have little idea what that means. The remedy? Modeling the behaviors you hope to inspire in them.
Can modified programming, in-person or online, drive the same organized camp outcomes that are the hallmark of experiential education?
May is Mental Health Month in America, and it comes not a moment too soon.
The reality is that the advent of spring is not easy on everyone.
Parents, teachers, and all youth influencers can lead by example, promoting compassion, empathy, gratitude, and service, each linked to kindness along the way.
A ubiquitous reminder appearing on everything from T-shirts to social media states, “In a world where you can be anything, be kind.”
Legend has it that mental health may plummet during the holiday season and suicides may soar. Is this fact or fiction?
As summer winds down and planning for 2020 takes hold, it’s a good time to revisit children's and teens' personal and educational growth.
The conundrum of suicide requires the commitment of all who care for young people.
July slowly inches toward August, a month that will mark the beginning of college for many thousands of young people.
Forging strong, meaningful connections with young people requires taking positive risks, sharing oneself, and remaining open and receptive.
Among the benefits of informal, peer-to-peer mentoring is a higher sense of self that tends to spawn positive identity formation and growing independence.
Bottom line: teens need more sleep (think exhausting brain recalibration) and different schedules (more nocturnal than diurnal).
September marks National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, an important time to re-educate ourselves as to how best we can keep our loved ones safe.
When it comes to the topic of risky youth behavior, recent data (and events) present both good news and bad news.
Camp Kindness Day highlights fundamental elements of experiential learning at camp: kindness, gratitude, empathy and emotional support.
Today almost half of 13- to 17-year-olds say they are online on a “near-constant basis." And a lot of that time is on social media.
A mere recitation of scary statistics related to mood disorders, substance use disorders and suicides may divert much needed attention from remedies rather than reactions.
A haunting new short film describes in detail – and with no shortage of graphic footage – the real-life implications of the misuse of prescription drugs by young people.
Stress is real and its origins and consequences not insignificant. April is Stress Awareness Month, which is designed to promote healthy strategies for coping.
Idleness and passive drift is different from what we saw on display in the streets and parks just days ago in Washington and around the world.
Much attention has been paid of late to the trials and tribulations faced by many young people managing the transition from high school to college. And with good reason.
How big of a problem are we facing? SAMHSA points to the pitfalls of underage alcohol use: "Alcohol is the most widely misused substance among America’s youth ..."
Stephen Wallace is director of the Center for Adolescent Research and Education (CARE), a national collaborative of institutions and organizations committed to increasing positive youth outcomes.