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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.

Empowering Youth to Thrive With, Through, and By Faith

By Meredith Hope | February 25, 2021

Guest Blogger, Dr. Meredith Hope discusses the role of religion in youth thriving, and ways adults can help enable spirituality in youth.

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Supporting Black Youth Towards Social Justice

By Nanyamka Redmond | February 24, 2021

Guest blogger, Dr. Nanyamka Redmond shares how caring adults can empower and encourage youth to be active agents of social justice.

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Being Part of the Village

By Anthony James | February 19, 2021

Guest blogger, Dr. Anthony James reflects on his adolescence and the importance of community in helping youth thrive.

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Love and Closeness in COVID-19

By Susan Mangan | February 14, 2021

It’s difficult to experience love when social distancing. Learn how you can become closer to your loved ones, even during a pandemic.

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Bouncing Back or Bouncing Beyond? Shifting from Structures to Systems

By Pamela Ebstyne King | January 12, 2021

Dr. Pam King discusses the importance of creating transformative systems that will enable human thriving.

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Which New Normal? Understanding Ambiguous Loss

By Stephanie Trudeau | December 14, 2020

How can we make sense of our “new normal?” Dr. Stephanie Trudeau discusses ambiguous loss, sharing 3 ways we can cope with it.

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While We Wait

By Pamela Ebstyne King | November 6, 2020

As Americans await the results of the 2020 elections, Dr. Pam King reflects on the importance of holding onto hope.

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Science Agrees You Need Laughter

By Susan Mangan | October 12, 2020

Research shows that humor can ease stress. Dr. Susan Mangan shares 3 exercises to help us get started.

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Finding Agility through the 5 A’s

By Pamela Ebstyne King | September 30, 2020

Part of our journey towards thriving involves agility. Dr. Pam King explains how we can be agile through this 5-step process.

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All Bets are Off: Rethinking the Basics Amid COVID-19

By Pamela Ebstyne King | September 7, 2020

How can we carry out our basic needs and still thrive during COVID-19? Dr. Pam King shares 8 ways we can do this.

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