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The Surprising Fact About Teens in the Workforce

Is your teen having trouble landing that job interview they’ve been hoping for? Has he or she found it difficult to even find job openings they’d be interested in? If so, they’re not alone.

A recent study shows that the number of jobs held by teens shrank by 33 percent between 2001 and 2014. Even positions you’d expect teens to hold like a hostess at a restaurant or a counter attendant at your local coffee shop saw a decline in teenage workers.

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Texting Isn’t The Only Dangerous Thing Teens Are Doing Behind The Wheel

While we’re familiar with the dangerous habit of texting while driving, this research may surprise you. A new study reveals other risky behaviors teens are doing behind the wheel that need to be addressed.

According to a study at Oregon State University, 27% of teens admit to changing clothes or shoes will operating a vehicle. They also change contact lenses, put on make-up, and do homework.

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YouTube’s #DearMe Campaign Gives Advice to Teens in an Unexpected Way

In honor of International Women’s Day on Sunday, YouTube launched a campaign called “#DearMe” where the site’s stars created videos dedicated to their younger selves and shared advice they wish they’d been given when they were teens.

Participants in the campaign tackle a number of different issues that your teens may be currently facing such as bullying, mental health, and body confidence.

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4 True Stories To Watch With Your Teens

Many teens may automatically label documentaries as “boring.” Let’s face it: They’ve probably been forced to watch old videos of World War I or the life cycle of plants in class. In a warm room with the lights off, it’d be hard not to fall asleep.

But not all documentaries are a total snooze fest. After all, documentaries are intended to show real aspects of everyday life and your teen’s life is anything but boring.

We’ve rounded up four documentaries that teens can relate to.

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More Than Just A Snack, These Cookies Can Make A Difference

We’ll gladly accept any excuse to eat milk and cookies. But in case you’re looking for a reason to satisfy your sweet tooth, look no further than DoSomething.org’s latest campaign! From now until Feb. 22, teens can participate in Bake Sales for Babies to help provide supplies for babies in Syria. Encourage any young people you know to grab some cookie mix and get involved.

So what exactly is Bake Sales for Babies? This campaign raises money for warm clothing, blankets, formula, and support services for babies in Syria. Since 2011, Syria has been in turmoil.

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The Surprising Brain Benefits of Playing an Instrument

There are many reasons why encouraging kids to pick up an instrument could be beneficial to their lives. Music is a celebrated form of expression that fosters creativity—and most importantly, it’s fun!

A recent study shows there’s even more good news: musical training during adolescence could protect the brain by preventing decay in speech-learning skills later in life.

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This Video Will Help You Through Hard Times… No Matter What

Fact: Bad things happen. And at some point or another, they will happen to you.

Sounds scary, right? But it’s okay, because no matter what happens, you’ll make it through anything with a little skill called “resilience.” Resilience is your ability to bounce back after a trauma, to make it through and come out stronger. And it’s a skill that you not only already have, but one you can work to develop even more.

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Teens Can Brighten Someone’s Day in This Simple Way

Know any teens looking to spread the love this Valentine’s Day? Thanks to DoSomething.org, there’s a simple way to make a big difference—all they need are arts and crafts supplies! Using paper, markers, and glitter, teens can make valentines for senior citizens through the Love Letters campaign. DoSomething.org is teaming up with the AARP Foundation’s Mentor Up to deliver Valentine’s Day cards to home-bound senior citizens.

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Bring the Great Kindness Challenge to Your School!

Small acts of kindness can make a big difference. That’s the message behind the Great Kindness Challenge, which takes place from Jan. 26-30, 2015. It’s a school week devoted to performing as many acts of kindness as possible. This awesome idea comes from Kids for Peace—a global non-profit—and it’s presented by Dignity Health. We think every teen should participate! And the good news? It’s super easy to sign up and get schools involved.

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