Dating Violence: Peer Education Offers Strong Dose of Prevention

Peers can be a most powerful prevention tool when it comes to teen dating violence. “A big part of peer education is creating a space where they feel ownership over the conversation,” says Kaylee Wolfe, program coordinator for Speak About It . . .

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Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us

Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us

In writing “Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us,” Michael Moss, a New York Times reporter, and recipient of the 2010 Pulitzer for explanatory reporting, tells the inside stories about how food giants and their processed foods attract and keep consumers — especially young people . . .

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Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain

Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain

“We all know that exercise makes us feel better, but most of us have no idea why.”

As John J. Ratey thoroughly explains in “Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain,” the why has to do with the enormous benefits of exercise to improve brain functioning that far outweigh the reasons most often cited: toned abs and a conditioned heart . . .

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YouthBuild

At YouthBuild, Young People Construct Stronger Futures

ATLANTA — On a sunny day in October, Aikeem Lawson, 22, was among a dozen or so young adults repairing a dilapidated house in southwest Atlanta, sawing plywood panels and nailing them to walls . . .

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Oman Frame and Martha Caldwell

Dynamic Dialogues: Real Conversations About Identity

In a nation divided by demographics, conversations about race, class and gender are almost always emotionally charged. Yet, understanding powerful feelings can mean the beginning of insight. We ask our students to delve into their personal identities and invite their emotional lives to the forefront . . .

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What Having Certified Child- and Youth-Care Workers Means to Our Organization

In my role as a senior manager, there’s nothing more reassuring than hearing that a young person had an experience of feeling heard and valued — especially when reflecting back on her experience over time . . .

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Local Dance Program Gets Kids on the Move

An Atlanta youth organization, Moving in the Spirit, began in 1986 as a dance class for girls at a women’s shelter in Atlanta. Today, it’s a youth-development program for 238 girls and boys with dance instruction, mentoring, leadership development and performance opportunities . . .

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Food. Fat. Fear.

Food, Fat, Fear: Walking the Line between Informing and Stressing Kids

A girl with a blank expression stares out of the black and white photo. “Warning: Chubby kids may not outlive their parents,” read the words beneath her photo. In another advertisement, a girl with a challenging expression stands with her hand on her hip: “I’m beautiful the way I am,” reads the caption.

The first was part of a 2011 group of ads in Atlanta in which Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta warned of the dangers of childhood obesity. The second was a series of ads in the New York City subway last year, sponsored by the NYC Girls . . .

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Santa Maria Community Services

Settlement Houses Laid Foundation for Modern Youth Work

CHICAGO — “Childhood was invented here,” reads a quotation stenciled on a wall inside Hull House, the Chicago settlement house that is now the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum . . .

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Common Threads kitchen

Kids’ Cooking Program Expanding

NEW YORK — Every Tuesday afternoon, a school cafeteria in Brooklyn becomes a professional kitchen staffed by third- and fourth-graders. With the help of a new after-school program, these young chefs learn how to slice, dice and chop like pros as they make healthy meals to share together . . .

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