Teen challenges police officer to Nae Nae dance-off – and is floored by her moves

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A routine call to break up a fight ended in a different routine all together for this Washington police officer.

After being called to reports of a punch up, the officer spotted 17-year-old Aaliya Taylor dancing to Silento’s Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae) .

But the teen told NBC Washington that what the officer said next left her “in shock”.

Excerpt from Ross Logan’s article and videos in The Mirror- Read and view more.

Everyday Hero: Teen turns diabetes diagnosis into life of helping others

Maguire Schmid was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when he was 10. He's used the diagnosis to power a life of volunteering and fundraising.


Maguire Schmid loves playing the guitar. His favorite: the electric guitar.

The instrument holds a special meaning for the 15-year-old.

At the age of 10, he was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, which is also commonly referred to as juvenile diabetes.

Excerpt from Bill Murphy’s article in Bay News- Read more

Afghan Teen’s Powerful Rap Video Helped Her Escape Forced Marriage

Sonita Alizadeh was 10 years old the first time her parents considered selling her into marriage. Fortunately, that didn’t happen. But just six years later, her older brother needed $7,000 to help pay for a dowry that would cover his own wedding expenses.  In order to cover the cost, her parents wanted to sell Sonita for $9,000 to an older man she’d never met.

When her mother told her, Sonita was devastated.  “I couldn’t breathe, I couldn’t speak,” she told the New York Times. “My heart broke. It was too hard to imagine marrying someone I didn’t know. What would it feel like to be touched?”

Excerpt from Hanna Orenstein’s article in Seventeen- Read more

Namaste Hornets find way to ‘de-stress’ during lunch: Students enjoy Yoga Club’s positive, relaxing environment

Namaste Hornets find way to 'de-stress' during lunch: Students enjoy Yoga Club's positive, relaxing environment

Stretch your body and relax your mind. The HHS Yoga Club focuses on providing a time for students to relax, de-stress and decompress during lunchtime.

“High school can be stressful both for students and for teachers,” Yoga Club sponsor Karen Tymniak said. “The goal of Yoga Club is pretty much to just give students a place to come and relax.”

Excerpt from Lexie Smith’s Article in The Huntsville Item- Read more

What Do You Like Best about Yourself?


Teens like a wide variety of things about themselves. Being able to entertain friends or having a nice personality come to mind for several of the teens I talked with. If you are fun to be around, you will be popular and never lacking for company. Did you ever wonder what makes you attractive to others? It’s not so much what you look like. Being very pretty or handsome might even make others jealous.

A researcher in the nineteen sixties studied what people look for in a friend. The number one quality is being able to listen. If you can keep your mouth shut when you need to, hear what someone is saying, and understand how that person feels, you will be very much in demand. As Amy puts it, “I have the ability to put myself in others’ shoes.”

Some see their sense of themselves as their best quality. Ellie says, “I know who I am and stick with my values.” This is not always easy to do. You have to think about what’s important to you and decide that what you believe in is more important than making others happy.

Did you know it’s impossible to keep everyone happy? No matter what you do, there will be some people who like what you do and others who don’t. If you follow your own sense of values, you will attract friends who respect what you believe in. You probably wouldn’t enjoy the company of others who don’t share your values anyway.

Can you imagine having a friend who changes his or her mind all the time? Maybe you have a friend like this. You never know what to expect and probably wouldn’t be able to count on that person for anything important. Being consistent in your values makes it easier for you to decide what to do when something really important happens. It also helps your friends know what to expect from you. Consistency is probably the most important quality of a good friend after being a good listener.

Other teens like their physical qualities such as their appearance or sports ability. As with personality, these might be just as much a reason for others to be jealous as to like you. However, what is important is that your physical appearance or sports ability might give you some confidence which you might not otherwise have. Your self confidence just might attract others more than your special abilities or appearance.

Sometimes it is not so easy to choose one quality you like best about yourself. Punkman sees his grades and willingness to help others who need him as tied for his best qualities. This is not surprising. Most teens have several things they like about themselves. Did you know it’s easier to think of things you don’t like about yourself than things you do like? When I asked teens and adults in counseling to make two lists, the list of dislikes is usually longer than the list of likes. Maybe people tend to take their good qualities for granted.

Excerpt from Make the Best of Your Teen Years- 105 Ways to Do It 

When Talk Therapy Does Not Work, Art is The Solution

Sharing a problem through talking is one of the most recognized ways of getting a solution. However, talking cannot solve all types of problems. In the context of a troubled teen, some of the challenges a teen faces can be solved through talking, while others cannot. A teen’s feelings of isolation may be solved by better communications between the teen and their parents. The only thing that parents need to remember in such a scenario is to consistently reflect to their teen an attitude of affection, acceptance and non-judgment.

Read more: http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/2707312#ixzz3oklEIuSw

Tips for handling bullies for National Bullying Prevention Month

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– Bullying happens everywhere – at schools, in the workplace, and even online. No one is immune. To recognize National Bullying Prevention Month, FOX 5 spoke with Peter Braverman, founder of the group ARC Professional Development.

Braverman says there are some things that need to be worked out by the kids themselves. “But bullying is a different thing,” he said.

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‘Malala’ reveals a real-life teen hero

Nobel Prize-winner Malala Yousafzai and Davis Guggenheim talk about peace, and other things, in “He Named Me Malala.” (Courtesy Caroline Furneaux/Twentieth Century Fox)

Filmmaker Davis Guggenheim says he made his Oscar-winning “An Inconvenient Truth” with a certain audience in mind: his Republican cousins living in Ohio.

While making his new documentary “He Named Me Malala,” he was thinking about his own daughters, ages 9 and 14.

“What makes me happy is that my daughters have a real hero — someone they can try to be like, instead of a hero that says you should be more famous or more skinny,” says Guggenheim, who visited The City to promote the movie, which opens Friday.

The film tells the extraordinary story of Malala Yousafzai, a teen Pakistani activist who was shot by the Taliban for daring to suggest that girls should be educated. With the threat of death hanging over her and her family, today she lives in England, where she’s continuing her human rights activism.

She is the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize.

Excerpt from Jefferey Anderson’s article in the San Francisco Examiner– Read more.

Teen Talk; Finding one’s ‘true north’ in life is important

Everyone knows that a compass will point you north, right? I mean, unless one stands by a car or strong magnetic force, it is widely known that the compass is an invaluable tool for navigation and map work. Funny how often people just assume that this amazing piece of equipment is completely right.

The compass does not point to true north. Without getting too technical, the compass actually points to earth’s magnetic North Pole, which is around 1,000 miles south of the actual North Pole somewhere over Canada. And even more astonishing, if one were to adjust for “declination” (the angular deviation from the North Pole) in San Diego, one would need to adjust for 12.5º on the compass!

Excerpt from Betty Williams’ article in the Friday Flyer- Read morehttp://fridayflyer.com/2015/10/09/teen-talk-finding-ones-true-north-in-life-is-impor

Dear Year 12 Students,

Dear Year 12 Students

We’re behind you, cheering you on to the finish line. You might be feeling stressed, overwhelmed, confused and so damn tired – we understand that, but keep going. Give it everything you’ve got – you’re nearly there – and know that whatever happens next, you’ve got what it takes for an amazing life. Your final grades won’t change that.

During the next few weeks, remember that nothing that happens now has to determine what happens next. The potential in you is breathtaking, whether you’ve realised it yet or not. There will be choices, twists and turns in your path, and a lot of that path won’t be anything like you imagined. That’s one of the beautiful things about life. Sometimes things will work out exactly as you thought, and sometimes things will be different. It’s in the unexpected that the magic happens so take notice of your disappointments – they are often opportunities, disguised as something else.

Excerpt from Hey, Sigmund blog- Read more