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Words Matter

Source: hrc.org/blog By: Maureen McCarty, HRC Associate Director of Digital Media Date Posted: June 4, 2014 For LGBT youth that go to bed at night and stare at the ceiling, sleeplessly wondering what awaits them the next day at school or at church or in their home, anti-LGBT vitriol is commonplace. Words are a powerful tool […]

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Why Pride Month is Important for LGBTQ Youth

Source: yth.org Original Post Date: June 21, 2013 By: Deb Levine Pride. June is the month when LGBTQ Pride events are happening all over the country — likely in your city, too. Did you ever wonder whether we still need Pride parades anymore? I don’t wonder, because I know we need them. Whenever I see […]

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Social Anxiety in Teens

by Christina Suttles Source: YourTeenMag.com All parents hope their children will grow into happy, well-adjusted teenagers. Unfortunately, for some teenagers, the social pressures of adolescence can weigh heavily on them. Social anxiety affects approximately 15 million Americans, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, most of whom begin experiencing symptoms by age 13. This type […]

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What is “Hood Disease”?

By: Mayra Vargas, MFTI ACS Bilingual Intern in After School Program and Substance Treatment Abuse Program. “Hood Disease” is a new terminology that has been associated to describe a complex version of PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) that affects the inner city youth. According to the CBS affiliate report it states that 30% is affecting […]

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What Does an Alcoholic Look Like?

By Liza Source: NotMyKid.org I recently had the opportunity to sit down with a lovely woman by the name of Brenna. As she sat in the black leather chair, her legs casually swung causing a small ripple through her long grey skirt. She wore a genuine smile and her brown eyes were peaceful. What you […]

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“Valentine Road” Doc Investigates LGBTQQ Youth Hate Crime

By Anthony Ross Outlet Program Director You may have heard of this documentary, Valentine Road, the story of Larry King’s murder. He was a queer youth, 8th grader, who was shot by his classmate, Brandon McInerney in February 2008. None of us can say we know nearly enough about what happened that day, or the […]

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Tips to Help Teenagers Clean Up Their Online Image

By Sue Scheff Source: yourteenmag.com/2014/05/help-teenagers-online-image/ #Digcit. Have you seen it and do you know what it means? The hashtag stands for digital citizenship. My mantra has been that this topic is as important as potty training toddlers.   The Internet is not going away. On the contrary, there’s no doubt that the Internet will play a […]

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What is “Palcohol”?

By: Beverly Reyes ACS Intern in Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment Program Source:  http://www.cbsnews.com/news/palcohol-powdered-alcohol-may-present-serious-health-risks/ A new product going by the brand name Palcohol got a rush of media attention this week. Palcohol is simply freeze-dried alcohol in powder form, packaged in small packets that promise an easy way to take a stiff drink on the go. Some health […]

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Cultivating Mastery and Success WITH Your Teen

by Chris Chiochios, LMFT, Site Director at JLS Middle School With so much emphasis on achievement and concern about our children being prepared and “ready” to enter adulthood and be “successful”, there is a hidden cost that many youth can experience.  This cost involves developing a mindset that becomes fixed on what success means and […]

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Silicon Valley Gives on May 6th! Support Adolescent Counseling Services

On May 6th, from 12 am – 11:59 pm, the Silicon Valley Community Foundation will be hosting Silicon Valley’s first ever giving day to benefit every nonprofit organization in the region. This event is being supported by many of Silicon Valley’s biggest companies and foundations like: Microsoft, The Knight Foundation, Razoo, The Sobrato Family Foundation, Applied Materials […]

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