Category: Alliance for Positive Youth Development

The Fight Over Wall Street

The precarious economical situation, combined with outside influences like the Arab Spring, has caused a unique demonstration to rise in the United States.  Occupy Wall Street, a leaderless movement that consists of people from all backgrounds, has been an ongoing series of demonstrations and rallies since September 17th.  According to the resistance’s website, they are …

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Using the Tourism Industry to Benefit Youth

Today I thought I would talk to you about an interesting twist on responsible tourism that I stumbled upon: the Youth Career Initiative (YCI).  The YCI was launched in 1995 in Bangkok as part of a community initiative by the Pan Pacific Hotels Group, and was intended to “give back” to society by teaching disadvantaged …

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Toddlers, Hairspray, Makeup Oh My!

The first blog that I wrote for the NotEnoughGood website focused on the over-sexualization of young girls in the media.  Specifically, I was concerned with the way dolls, commercials, and television shows portrayed girls, and how this image affected them.  However, the reality television series, Toddlers and Tiaras, has gone above and beyond with highlighting …

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A Failing Grade for Standardized Tests

Standardized tests, for years, have been a hot topic for advocates interested in reforming the United States education system.  In fact, recently some of the concerns that education advocates have about standardized tests have manifested themselves across the nation.  Recently, the College Board released the average SAT scores for students across the nation, and the …

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Loss of Innocence: Children in Combat

There are parts of the world, where children don’t worry about how to tell their parents they received a bad grade or convince them to let them go out on a Friday night.  That carefree life is a far reality from the grim existence that many live in throughout the world.  There is a generation …

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Learning, Giving, and Having Fun

As most parents and educators know, children are much more receptive to taking part in educational activities when they are associated with the word “fun.”  Normally, learning new vocabulary words or working on geography and art can all be considered boring in a child’s mind.  However, www.freerice.com, a non-profit website operated by the United Nations …

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The Waiting Generation

It is relatively simple to describe the life of an individual who falls into the “waiting” generation category.  Members of this new generation are recent college graduates, hard-working former students looking for jobs in their respective fields, and coming to the stark realization that they will not land a job coming out of school.  Some …

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The Reading Gap

Reading is one of the most important skills that children learn because it helps with all aspects of their lives.  Unfortunately, recent studies are showing that there is an increasing reading gap between boys and girls.  As each year passes, studies show that more and more boys are developing a deep dislike for reading.  This …

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Tweens are All About Fame

A recent study conducted by the University of California in Los Angeles revealed some interesting results for children between the ages of nine and eleven.  The study polled young children between the given age group, and asked them to rank values that are important to them.  Out of all the values that the tweens could …

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America’s Hidden Secret Part II

In my last post, I gave an overview of the plight of U.S. child farmworkers and the lack of protection they receive.  Hundreds of thousands of children are working on U.S. farms, picking the fruits and vegetables that land in our regularly shopped grocery stores.  Despite popular belief, the agricultural industry has been found to …

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