youth civic engagement

Why Risk-Taking May Increase Teen Happiness, by Marilyn Price-Mitchell PhD

Why Risk-Taking May Increase Teen Happiness

One of the first things you might associate with teenagers is their risk-taking behavior. And most of the time, those associations are negative. Right? That’s because we are deluged with stories of troubled youth whose risk-taking actions got out of hand —sometimes with tragic results. But what if there was […]

Resilience
David McCullough Jr. Claims Everyone is Special, by Marilyn Price-Mitchell PhD

David McCullough Jr. Claims Everyone is Special

When David McCullough Jr. delivered the commencement address at Wellesley High School in Massachusetts in 2012, it turned out to be more special than anticipated. Why? Because McCullough was gutsy enough to speak words rarely heard by teenagers. “You are not special,” he said. “You are not exceptional.” As he […]

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Teachers Change Lives through Service-Learning, by Marilyn Price-Mitchell PhD

Teachers Change Lives through Service-Learning

Jake Bernstein, age 17, is a great example of how service-learning changes lives. In fact, in one of President Obama’s annual “Back-to-School” addresses, he praised three extraordinary high school students for giving back to their communities. One was Jake Bernstein. Jake volunteers with Autism Speaks and co-launched StLouisVolunteen.com with his […]

Empathy
Gift Giving: How it Shapes Children's Values, by Marilyn Price-Mitchell PhD

Gift Giving: How it Shapes Children’s Values

When the holidays arrive, so does the season of gift giving. Did you know that your annual traditions shape children’s lifelong values about giving? As we look beyond the external act of giving gifts, the research on child and adolescent development tells us something very important about what happens in […]

Empathy
Youth Leadership: Engaging Young People for Social Good, by Marilyn Price-Mitchell PhD

Youth Leadership: Engaging Young People for Social Good

When it comes to youth leadership, Eden Eskaros is learning about social innovation at a young age.    On a recent trip to Mexico, Eden, age 10, was horrified to learn that children lived in dismal situations, using cardboard boxes as beds. She also noticed they had no shoes. Eden […]

Empathy
Service Learning: Helping Teens Benefit Through Giving, by Marilyn Price-Mitchell PhD

Service Learning: Helping Teens Benefit Through Giving

Yes, service and learning go together! And parents can play an important role in helping tweens and teens get the most from service learning during the summer months! Research shows that civic engagement promotes higher academic achievement and develops many skills, including critical thinking, organizing, and planning. It also helps […]

Empathy
What is Positive Youth Development? by Marilyn Price-Mitchell PhD

What is Positive Youth Development?

I believe families, schools, and communities share one goal.  We want our children to thrive. We wish for happy, healthy, and successful children who flourish as adults.  A straightforward goal; yet every parent and teacher understands its challenges. As a developmental psychologist and member of the International Positive Psychology Association […]

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