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The Kansas City Star

Kaitlin Washburn

Rachel D. Rice

7 March 2021

St. Louis, Missouri, United States

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Kids Under Twenty One has taken phone calls from thousands of St. Louis-area youth to its 24/7 crisis hotline and has educated many more students at 60 schools in four counties. Teens staff the hotline, a rarity. KUTO...

Yes! Magazine

Andrew McCormick

4 March 2021

Xinjiang, China

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A growing community of young Uyghurs are working to preserve and promote their culture from the diaspora. Many online networks provide ways for young people to connect, and also offer courses on traditional culture, U...

Cronkite News - Arizona PBS

Jordan Elder

11 January 2021

Phoenix, Arizona, United States

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A hotline staffed by teenagers for teenagers has been providing peer-to-peer support and counseling services in Arizona for years but has played an even bigger role during the coronavirus pandemic. The group quickly p...

The Daily Tar Heel

Ben Greer

20 October 2020

Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States

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Musical Empowerment provides mentors for children who do not have access to music education in their community. About 160 student-teachers mentor children in instruments like guitar, piano, violin, brass, saxophone, a...

Cronkite News - Arizona PBS

Molly Bohannon

31 August 2020

Phoenix, Arizona, United States

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In Arizona, a teen-run suicide prevention hotline connects teens who need someone to talk to with a peer operator who works to listen to and calm the caller. The volunteer teenage operators don't offer medical advice ...

Cronkite News - Arizona PBS

Anthony Wallace

5 August 2020

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Choose 180 channels Seattle-area young people into an alternative to court and jail when they commit relatively minor offenses. This "offramp" from the traditional justice system, serving a disproportionately Black an...

The Salinas Californian

Angelica Cabral

30 July 2020

Salinas, California, United States

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When in-person meetings became impossible during the pandemic, Epicenter's youth-run, drop-in resource center for youth made its LGBTQ+ support group virtual, and attendance went up. The group, called Our Gente, provi...

Novinky.cz

Barbora Cihelkova

26 May 2020

Brno, Czech Republic

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Symbios, a group home in Brno, Czech Republic, aims to equip young adults who grew up in children's homes with life skills by pairing them with college-aged adults, who come from traditional home environments. Within ...

The Salt Lake Tribune

Heather May

5 May 2020

Kearns, Utah, United States

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A high school program in Utah is combating increasing rates of teenage suicide by equipping children with the tools they need to manage thoughts of hopelessness. The program is known as ME (Mood Enhancement) Time and ...

KALW

Sarah Lai Stirland

4 May 2020

Silicon Valley, California, United States

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A podcast designed and hosted by a Silicon Valley teenager has provided a place for local youth to share their struggles and combat loneliness. Although the podcast doesn't replace the work of actual counselors, it ha...

Edutopia

Nora Fleming

6 March 2020

Clovis, California, United States

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To decrease the stigma of talking about mental health, a high school in California's Central Valley began "inviting students to attend formerly adults-only meetings and including them in planning groups to expand ment...

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Mark Obbie

March 2020

Rochester, New York, United States

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In Rochester, NY, the Center for Teen Empowerment, a nonprofit that trains youth in community organizing, personal development, and anti-violence, is working to bring kids off the street and into safety. The program, ...

The New York Times

Dan Levin

23 February 2020

Elizabethton, Tennessee, United States

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In Carter County, Tennessee, where an opioid crisis is underway, elementary-aged children and teenagers are being taught how to administer the overdose reversal nasal spray, Narcan. Although this strategy has faced op...

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Kaelyn Forde

9 January 2020

Springfield, Missouri, United States

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Although people often only showcase the best moments of their lives on social media platforms, a handful of celebrities have started sharing their mental health struggles which in turn has helped decrease the stigma a...

NJ Advance Media

Barry Carter

18 November 2019

Newark, New Jersey, United States

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The 10-year-old Newark Youth Court has heard some 700 cases in which high school students serve as judge, jury, and lawyers in proceedings that avoid school discipline or criminal charges with creative exercises in pe...

The Laconia Daily Sun

Roberta Baker

23 October 2019

Laconia, New Hampshire, United States

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New Hampshire K-12 schools are trying a variety of different initiatives to try to reduce the rates of suicide amongst youth. So far, two school-based prevention programs – one used in New Hampshire and one used in Sw...

The Laconia Daily Sun

Roberta Baker

18 October 2019

Tilton, New Hampshire, United States

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High school students in Tilton, New Hampshire are learning how to be peer counselors as part of a program that aims to destigimatize the notion of seeking help for mental health concerns. The program, which has been i...

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Farida Jhabvala Romero

7 October 2019

Sunnyvale, California, United States

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A growing trend of documented instances of Islamophobia in schools lead the Islamic Networks Group to create a youth training program that empowers students to speak up in their schools. Built on the idea that many st...

The New York Times

Catherine Cheney

24 September 2019

Portland, Oregon, United States

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Connecting to peers makes coping with emotional distress easier for youth. Youthline, a youth suicide crisis intervention service operated by Lines for Life puts those struggling in touch with volunteers their own age...

Teen Vogue

Kim Bellware

3 September 2019

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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A group in Chicago called Good Kids, Mad City is made up of youth who have been affected by gun violence. They offer support and accountability to each other and use the group as a way to cope with the daily violence ...

The Innovator

Melissa Malley

1 September 2019

New York, New York, United States

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In public schools in New York and across the country, sexual education classes that don't work are a serious issue. To combat misinformation and myths, the Peer Health Exchange (PHE) program trains college students to...

The Hechinger Report

Sarah Gonser

30 August 2019

New York, New York, United States

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A "near-peer" mentoring program offers a promising model for similar initiatives working to prevent "summer melt" for low-income students in the summer between their graduation from high school and arrival at college....

NationSwell

Alison Kotch

29 July 2019

New York, New York, United States

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A program called RAPP (Relationship Abuse Prevention Program) uses safe spaces for teens to talk about their romantic relationships with both peer and adult leaders as a way to prevent abusive relationships through ed...

Things That Work Uganda

Caleb Okereke

26 July 2019

Bidibidi, Uganda

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In 2018 Bidibidi's Got Talent crowned the dance group Burn dem squad as best in the entire settlement. The group was founded by a few teenage boys and is now made up of 15 members aged 17-19. The founders say that the...

Arizona Daily Star

Caitlin Schmidt

14 July 2019

Tucson, Arizona, United States

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Peer-to-peer reproductive health programs allow the concerns of youth to be heard and addressed. In Tucson, Arizona, the El Rio Health Center’s Reproductive Health Access Project allowed young people to have a say in ...

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