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Adolescence is a meaningful and challenging period in life when youth experience many social, physical, and psychological changes; explore their individual identities; and learn how to navigate their social world. Parents, coaches, mentors, and youth practitioners may at times feel overwhelmed and conflicted on how best support teens as they transition from childhood to adulthood.

Research suggests that involvement and support from caring adults is critical during adolescence. Therefore, our aim with this blog is to provide those who care for youth with the latest research on positive youth development and resources that promote adolescent thriving.

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Gradations of Grief: Navigating the Days Following Tragedy

By Stephanie Trudeau | January 30, 2020

Grief comes in many forms. Dr. Stephanie Trudeau walks us through the intricacies of grief within our youth.

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Not All Superheros Wear Capes, Some Play Ball: How Tragedy Unites

By Stephanie Trudeau | January 28, 2020

As communities mourn the loss a legend, Dr. Stephanie Trudeau shares ways caring adults can facilitate healthy grieving for youth.

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Thriving on the Road to Joy

By Pamela Ebstyne King | January 22, 2020

How can caring adults equip youth for a journey of long-lasting joy? Dr. Pam King highlights the 3 essentials needed.

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Mentorships as Catalysts for Youth Thriving

By Casey Taylor | January 8, 2020

Research shows that mentors can impact youth thriving. Read about the key characteristics of an effective mentorship.

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Orienting Ourselves through the Holi-daze

By Pamela Ebstyne King | December 18, 2019

Are we thriving during the pre-holiday craze? Dr. Pam King reminds us about the importance of being mindful and orieinting our lives to what matters.

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Nurturing Joy in Youth During the Holidays, Pt. 2

By Fred Defoy | December 16, 2019

Thrive Fellow, Fred Defoy continues his discussion on the activators that promote joy in youth during the holidays.

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Nurturing Joy in Youth During the Holidays, Pt. 1

By Fred Defoy | December 9, 2019

How can we nurture joy in youth when faced by challenges? Thrive Fellow, Fred Defoy outlines the activators that can enable joy.

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Why Giving Thanks Matters

By Susan Mangan | November 26, 2019

What does research tell us about giving thanks? Dr. Susan Mangan shares the key benefits and how we can nurture gratitude in our kids.

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Our Top 6 Apps for Thriving

By Thrive Center | October 31, 2019

Can apps promote thriving? Our Thrive team shares their recommendations on 6 apps to boost your relationships, beliefs, and purpose.

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5 Best Practices to Encourage Emotion Regulation in Teens

By Leanne Bishara | October 30, 2019

Learn how you can foster emotion regulation in youth with these 5 practices.

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