Category: Alliance for Positive Youth Development

Aug 07

Girls’ Self Esteem Peaks At Age Nine

  To be honest with you, none of these statistics look promising. However, one statistic shocked me even more than the rest. Research shows that girls’ self esteem peaks at age nine. Just nine. What does that mean for us? It means that we are creating a generation of girls, whose self confidence peaks before they …

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Jul 25

10 Signs the Upcoming #APYDCON is Perfect for You!

The SISGI Group’s Alliance for Positive Youth Development is hosting the 2012 Best Practices for Youth Conference August 6-10, 2012. This great online professional development opportunity leverages technology and social media to share and connect with youth development professionals, educators and young people working on youth issues around the country. As a participant in this unique …

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Jul 17

A Culture of Violent Masculinity: Part One

Take a close look at the following numbers: 85% of murders. 90% of violent, physical assaults. 95% of domestic violence. 95% of dating violence. 95% of child sexual abuse cases. 99.8% of those in prison convicted for rape. What do all of these statistics have in common? They’re all committed by men. For too long, …

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Jun 29

Redefining Beauty: It’s Time for a Change. It’s Time for a New Standard of Beauty.

Did you know that 80% of ten-year-old children are afraid of becoming fat? And that around 90% of 15-17 year-old girls want to change at least one aspect of their appearance? Or that girls are three times more likely than boys to have a negative body image? What’s the reason behind these startling statistics? The …

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May 31

Gender & Media: Behind the Weight Loss Craze

“Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels.” ~ Kate Moss, 2009 Or at least that’s Kate Moss’ take on things. In 2009, Kate Moss was highly criticized for publicizing such a dangerous, and detrimental motto. Mainstream media and bloggers alike slammed her for setting such a poor example when it came to the body image …

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Apr 16

Reservation for One

California community college introducing a two-tiered tuition system for a spot in class Higher education is perhaps one of the most controversial and hot button topics that come up on an almost perennial basis.  The current debate revolving around universities and colleges hones in on high tuition rates and budget cuts.  While students feel frustrated …

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Mar 19

Looking to the Future – Is Higher Education the right choice?

What type of higher education is best for you? I have written countless articles that revolve around the topic of college, and the significance of a college education.  As a college student myself, I am a firm believer that education is an important tool that will benefit young people in the future.  However, the worldwide …

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Feb 27

Changing Tradition with Same-Sex Couples

Do you remember the first time you learned what the “American Dream” was? For me, it was in junior high, when I was taught why the colonists had come to America years ago.  I was also told that the American Dream connects to the Declaration of Independence, when Jefferson said that everyone was entitled to …

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Feb 20

Working on College 2.0

Not long ago I wrote a blog post on the changes that President Obama wants to bring to universities.  Many of his changes revolved around student loans, and helping young people get the best out of their higher education experiences.  The president has been calling for education changes in rapid succession, and recently asked Congress …

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Feb 13

Finding Formal Work: Homeless Youth

When we think of the homeless population, it is sometimes hard to understand all the differing circumstances of how these individuals lost their homes and also why they are unable to break the cycle of homelessness.  I’d like to highlight challenges faced by homeless youth and how their particular condition is in dire need of …

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