You’ve probably noticed how drastically our world has changed since we were younger. There’s so much for our teens to take in these days and there’s so much for them to learn outside of traditional schooling. We all know that it’s the important stuff that we don’t learn in school which makes the real difference throughout our lives. That’s where we come in.
Our goal is to help provide teens with real-life wisdom. To help promote self-awareness, emotional intelligence, and develop strong, positive mindsets and relationships which will allow them to navigate through society with ease and create a brighter and more successful future.
Please scroll down to meet our Parent Mentors and other valuable parenting resources.
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American Association of Suicidology – AAS is a membership organization for all those involved in suicide prevention and intervention, or touched by suicide. Its Web site includes resources for helping those who are struggling with depression and suicidal thoughts, and inspirational stories from suicide attempt survivors.
AWECADEMY is a future-focused online educational organization based out of Toronto that is disrupting traditional high school curricula and inspiring students to bring about civilization-level change. Through an online platform and off-line programs, Awecademy future-proofs high school students, educators, and industry leaders with new smarts and critical survival skills. Awecademy is unique in combining innovative curricula with machine learning and blockchain technology. Read More…
Jennifer L. BASHANT, Ph.D., LMSW, MA, owner of Building Better Futures, LLC, is a Parent Empowerment Coach with the mission to strengthen families by improving challenging behavior, reducing stress and providing optimism and hope that things can and will get better. She is extremely passionate about her work because she has raised a child with challenging behavior, and she knows, first hand, what it feels like to feel isolated, blamed and worried about the future. As a licensed social worker with experience in a variety of clinical settings, Jennifer shares her knowledge and expertise with parents in a way that is compassionate, authentic and relevant. Click here to learn more and read Jennifer’s valuable articles just for parents…
CollegeDrinkingPrevention.Gov – This is your one-stop resource for comprehensive research-based information on issues related to alcohol abuse and binge drinking among college students. These resources include a parents’ guide that offers research-based information plus helpful advice on choosing the right college, staying involved during the freshman year, and getting assistance if faced with an alcohol-related crisis.
Drug Rehab Connections – An informational website that connects addicts and their families with the help they need to put their lives back together. You can take their Alcohol Self-Assessment Test HERE.
DrugRehab.com provides information regarding illicit and prescription drug addiction, the various populations at risk for the disease, current statistics and trends, and psychological disorders that often accompany addiction. You will also find information on spotting the signs and symptoms of substance use and hotlines for immediate assistance.
Tim ELMORE is the founder of Growing Leaders. He is passionate about understanding the emerging generation and helping adults teach them how to become leaders in their schools, their communities and their careers. He educates adults to help them understand the challenges and experiences today’s generation faces and connect with them in a way that resonates. Tim believes, by cultivating leadership abilities in young adults and encouraging the adults who guide them, Growing Leaders can be the catalyst for emerging generations that will truly change the world. Click here to learn more and read Tim’s valuable articles just for parents…
Families for Depression Awareness – An organization that helps families recognize and cope with depressive disorders, and prevent suicide. Its Web site contains helpful resources, and inspirational stories about recovering from mental illness.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) – NIDA’s mission is to advance science on the causes and consequences of drug use and addiction and to apply that knowledge to improve individual and public health.
Check out Why Teens Vape.
Check out Advice to Parents / Drugs & College 101.
The Recovery Village offers comprehensive treatment for dual diagnosis based drug and alcohol rehab, eating disorder and mental health treatments tailored to the patient’s specific needs. At The Recovery Village, they understand addiction. Their fully trained staff will guide patients and family to the goal of complete rehabilitation. Top of the line medical care, combined with wellness programs and holistic addiction treatments such as yoga and meditation, massage and equine resources mean they are dedicated to healing the whole self. The Recovery Village provides affordable luxury and recovery in a setting where lasting health and peace of mind are the goals. If you are looking for the best alcohol and drug rehab programs or facilities, they can help you find the right resources. Their multiple treatment centers are located just minutes away from many of the nation’s largest cities. Find out more by clicking here.
Dr. Donna RISOLO is an educator, consultant and researcher with a doctorate in education from Columbia University. She has worked with adolescents and their parents for more than twenty years. She is the founder of The Teen Talk Mission, an organization that seeks to improve the lives of young people by improving adult-teen communication through publications, social media, training for educators and youth development professionals, and coaching for parents of teens. Grounded in her years of observation and theorizing, Dr. Donna’s Five Layer Method for Building Rapport and Trust with Teenagers intends to both inspire and challenge parents and adults who work with teens to rethink the communication choices they make in order to build healthier relationships with teens. Her message ultimately serves a larger purpose – to spread hope and healing to families and teenagers. Read More…
Scottsdale Recovery Center – Arizona’s Leader in Drug Rehab & Alcohol Addiction Treatment, Medical Detox & Inpatient and Outpatient Services. Serving People Struggling With Addiction Nationwide Since 2007. Learn more about: INTERVENTION • MEDICAL DETOX • INPATIENT & RESIDENTIAL TREATMENT • INTENSIVE OUTPATIENT REHAB • AFTERCARE & SOBER LIVING HOUSING • MEDICATION ASSISTED TREATMENT.
SmartParentAdvice is a resource that provides moms and dads with information and advice on all of the different challenges that they face every day. The Company’s mission is to provide helpful information, but also to layer on practical advice based on the experience of real parents.
Since 1982, SUPERCAMP has inspired and empowered thousands of teens to feel confident and motivated, and to excel in school and beyond. Held on U.S. college campuses including Stanford and Villanova, SuperCamp offers residential programs lasting six, seven, and ten days for students in middle school, high school, and first-year college. Living on a college campus is a great experience for teens and most of our grads go directly to a four-year college after high school. As teens from around the world gather at SuperCamp, they are inspired to believe in themselves and their ability to achieve, and they acquire learning and life skills that empower them to thrive in all areas of their life. Read More…
TeenMentalHealth.org – What are Mental Disorders? What is Brain Injury? What is Stigma? We need to know as much about our minds as we do our bodies.
Total Mind Development™ is a FREE 56 module self-paced course specifically designed for teens and young adults that will teach them everything they need to know about their mind, their thoughts, their moods and their emotions along with the top 26 ways to develop and maintain a positive and healthy mindset throughout their lives… giving them a huge advantage out there in today’s world. THIS COURSE INCLUDES A FREE E-BOOK VIRTUAL LIBRARY with titles such as:
- As A Man Thinketh
- Thoughts Are Things
- Change Your Mind
- Life Purpose
- Success Mindset
- How To Be Happy
- Think and Grow Rich
- How To Manifest Your Desires
- Science of Getting Rich
- Reaching Your Goals
- The Game of Life
- The Way to Peace
- The Power of Concentration
- The Law of the World
- The Master Key System
- Your Invisible Power
- Within You Is The Power
- The Prophet
- The Creative Process in the Individual
- The Interpretation of Dreams…
Karin ULIK, Monthly Mentor and life coach, helps teens define who they are, what they want and take action to live the lives they truly want to live. As a sought-after keynote speaker, workshop leader and coach, Karin is dedicated to helping busy families avoid the trial-and-error she experienced in her own life. Her programs teach and inspire busy families to realize their potential and transform their lives. Read More…
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Fern WEIS is a certified Parent Empowerment Coach and Family Recovery Coach. While teaching middle school for 13 years, Fern trained as a life coach and founded her business, Your Family Matters, in 2008. Fern works with parents of teens and young adults who are going through difficult situations, from the homework wars to addiction recovery, and all points in between. Through group programs and private coaching, parents work on communication skills, building relationship and setting boundaries with love and respect. Fern helps parents release guilt, end enabling, and confidently prepare their children to thrive and be successful through life’s challenges. Click here to learn more and read Fern’s valuable articles just for parents…
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