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Kids Helping Themselves And Their Community

I don’t know about you, but there are days I just don’t want to read the paper or look at the local news.  It seems like it’s just one story after another about bad things happening.  So, when I see an article in the local paper about a group of kids that are helping themselves and their it just makes me feel good.

A Promise for the Future

The City of Centralia, Illinois recently thanked nine members of YouthBuild who assisted the city in a number of projects this year, according to an article in the Centralia Sentinel.

10 Things Your Teenager Won’t Tell You

Most days it’s hard to get a to tell you how their day at school went, so it’s not surprising that they aren’t sharing their innermost feelings with you.

Shine from Yahoo asked teenagers from around the country what they’d like their parents to know and this is what kids had to say:

  • They need privacy. To show that you respect your teen’s privacy, don’t rummage through her personal space unless you have a concrete reason to believe that she’s lying to you or hiding something serious.  Remember…”all kids today are doing drugs” isn’t a concrete reason.

Real Men Do Wear Pink!

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the color pink was everywhere to remind of us this awful illness.  You couldn’t miss seeing pink because it was everywhere.  Even MLB players and NFL teams showed their support by wearing pink wristbands, pink edged hats and even pink cleats.  Everywhere you looked there it was…pink was the “new” black.

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

So, tell me how could Chris Peterson, head coach at Mendenhall (Mississippi) High School kick Coy Shepard, the teams 17 year old placekicker, off of the team for wearing a pair of pink cleats to practice?  Is he heartless?  Is he stupid?

In Indiana They’re Working To Keep Kids In School

Jamie Pittman is used to asking people tough questions during job interviews.  Pittman is the director of nursing at The Indiana Heart Hospital, but a couple times a month she is a volunteer mentor with the Marion County Commission on Youth.

Taking time from her busy schedule, according to an article by the  Associated Press, Pittman hopes to change someone’s future by not only teaching them job seeking skills, but by, also, increasing the odds that they will graduate from .

I Care

To achieve that goal the commission on youth recently launched I Care, an initiative aimed at reaching out to businesses to encourage volunteering and support for education.

Who Is Behind The Lower Teen Birthrate? MTV…Are You Kidding Me?

Honestly, is this a sign that the world is coming to an end?  The network that has given us Beavis and Butt-Head, Punk’d, Road Rules and Jackass has played an important role in the recent drop in teen pregnancy.  How is that possible?

A new government study, according to the Christian Science Monitor, shows the US teen birthrate falling dramatically in 2009 after a five percent increase from 2005 to 2007.  Experts say that this drop is partially due in part to MTV‘s “16 and Pregnant” documentary series, which many teens credit with opening their eyes to the consequences of unprotected sex and early parenthood.

These College Degrees Can Help You Get Hired In A Bad Job Market

I don’t know if there are very many things more nerve-racking, to a , than the thought that after 4 years of their kid won’t be able to find a job.  All of the money and time invested just to find out that there isn’t a lot of demand for a degree in Latin with a minor in art history.

But, don’t give up hope because the National Employment Law Project, an organization focused on worker’s issues and economic development, recently looked at occupations that added between December 2009 and July 2010.

Teachers’ Pension Problem – Who Will Pay?

sunDo you remember the first time you heard about the subprime mortgage problem?  Probably, like a lot of us, you just shrugged and thought, “that will correct it self…what’s the worse that can happen?”  Well, get ready because the pensions problem is growing and is threatening the fiscal health of many states and could end up costing you thousands of dollars.

Today there is an almost $500 billion shortfall for funding teacher pensions, and that gap, according to Andrew J. Rotherham of, is growing.  Why should we care?  Because taxpayers are on the hook for that money.

A College Degree Can Bring You Wealth And Well Being

We all know the obvious advantages of a degree…better pay…better on the job benefits (insurance, , vacations), but a recent study by The College Board found that adults with a college degree experience more well being than non-college .    The study reported that adults with are healthier, more active citizens who read to their children more often than those without a college degree.

College Degree Benefits

Yahoo! Education reported that in 2008, four-year college graduates earned nearly $22,000 more yearly than those with just a diploma.  That’s an average of annual salary of $55,700 for college grads as compared to $33,800 for grads.

A College Education Doesn’t Have To Break The Bank

It would be hard to find a family that isn’t trying to cut back because of the recession.  A lot of us pack our lunch for work, have gone back to basic cable, are wearing last years coat and aren’t planning a great vacation.

One place that no wants to cut out of the budget is their kid’s education.  The great thing is that with a little investigation and planning you should be able to find programs that let maximize the benefits of a degree while minimizing what you’ll spend on .

Are We Just Too Crazy About Sports?

I remember the excitement of Friday night, games.  There was the afternoon pep rally, making plans with friends, watching kids that I started kindergarten with represent our school on the field and the victory dance after the game.  One thing I don’t remember is a member of our coaching staff traveling, to the other side of the world, to recruit players.

Big Business

I’m not naive.  I know that are big business and big money.  There are big player contracts in professional and huge television contracts in sports.  I know that in any money driven endeavor there will be unscrupulous people and scandals…just look to USC and Reggie Bush as examples.