Teens Hacking Their Way to Solutions

A group of 16-to 23-year-olds divided into five teams to create socially conscious technology — one group's smartphone app involved sexual harassment, another app was for LGBT youth — at the three-day Justice Solutions Hackathon . . .

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Good Storytelling Raises Money, Attracts Volunteers

Storytelling makes a difference for a youth organization, building capacity by going beyond data or too-brief, one-dimensional stories to engage audience’s emotions . . .

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Responding to Youth Who Have Depression or Suicidal Thoughts

In between wilderness hikes and zip lining, teens attending the weekend Camp Mariposa® addiction prevention and mentoring program learn to recognize signs of depression in themselves and those they love . . .

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Develop a Plan to Help Your Staff Perform Their Best

In 2009, Michael Johnson was hired to run the Boys & Girls Club of Dane County in Wisconsin . . .

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Making Sense of Earned Income Opportunities

When Urban Ventures launched CityKid Java nearly 15 years ago in Minneapolis, the community development nonprofit was just hoping to generate some extra revenue outside the common mix of individual donations, corporate giving and foundation grants . . .

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The Transgender Teen: A Handbook for Parents and Professionals Supporting Transgender and Non-binary Teens

This Q&A with Lisa Kenney was conducted by Managing Editor Rachel Alterman Wallack. It has been condensed and edited . . .

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All I Really Need to Know About Social Work I Learned in Clubhouse

One of my first jobs in human services was at a Clubhouse, a local community center that provides individuals diagnosed with serious mental illness with opportunities to build meaningful relationships that support them in obtaining employment, education and housing . . .

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Compassion Fatigue: What Happens When Helpers Need Help?

A friend of mine is a mental health and substance use disorder counselor for youth. Let’s call her Lisa. Lisa has a master’s degree in social work and has been working with youth for more than five years. She loves her job . . .

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Family Focused: Opposite of ‘Scared Straight,’ Intervention Helps Youth Connect and Feel Understood

“I thought my life was coming to an end. Oh my God, he’s a good kid,” said Geselle Colón, recounting the story of her son being sent into juvenile detention in Columbus, Georgia. But what happened next was life-changing . . .

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How We Can Build Better Career Pathways for America’s Youth

While the U.S. is on track to have one of its best years for job growth in 2016 since the Great Recession, our labor market is still failing the 5.5 million 16- to 24-year-olds who are unemployed and not in school . . .

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