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Taylor Swift Tops List of Celeb Do-Gooders & This Video Proves Why

Even if they’re not always setting the best examples, celebrities are idolized by teens. From fandoms on Twitter to comments on Instagram, the impact celebs have on today’s youth is undeniable. Luckily, plenty of famous people harness that social power and use it for the greater good. A perfect example? Taylor Swift! The 25-year-old singer topped’s list of Celebs Gone Good for the third year in a row. The list was compiled by our friends at—one of the largest organizations for young people and social change—and highlights stars who use their platforms to create positive change.


Driving Older Cars May Increase a Teen’s Risk of Accidents

While passing down an old car may seem like an easy solution when your teen starts driving, you may want to hold off on hand-me-down vehicles. That’s because new research suggests that teens who drive cars that are older are more likely to get in fatal accidents.

According to Science Daily, “Almost half of teen drivers killed on US roads in the past few years were driving vehicles that were 11 or more years old, and often lacking key safety features.”


One School’s Brilliant Response to Sexist Dress Code Policies

Are school dress codes sexist? We asked students to weigh in with their opinions in the January 2015 issue of Choices, and we received several responses from both sides. This question has been a hot topic lately, after a string of disciplinary actions from schools sparked the discussion publicly. For instance, one Canadian school has begun sending students home for visible bra straps, and just three days after moving across the country and starting at a new school, one Clay Country, FL student was forced to wear a “shame suit” for her dress code violation.


Malala’s Nobel Prize Speech Proves She’s An Incredible Teen

Back in October, Malala Yousafzai became the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. The 17-year-old education advocate shares this year’s honor with Indian children’s rights activist Kailash Satyarthi. On Wednesday, Malala officially accepted the award and gave an amazing speech. While you should definitely check out the entire thing, here are a few excerpts that prove this teen is extraordinary!


Teens’ Driving Habits Mirror Those of Their Parents

Adolescents learn a lot from their parents — from their first steps to their first words. These are typically lessons provided by mom or dad. Another skill they pick up on? Driving. A new study from Toyota and the University of Michigan shows that parents are the number-one influence on teen drivers — and that isn’t necessarily a good thing.


Dream Jobs for Teens (And How to Get Them!)

What do you want to be when you grow up? It’s a question teens hear all the time, but their answers are unexpected. Today’s dream jobs aren’t doctors and lawyers. They’re explorers, inventors, and game-changers.

In the November/December issue of Choices, we’ve interviewed some of the coolest people we know, with the most epic jobs we could imagine. They gave us their best tips for how they landed their dream job—and how your teens can get there, too.

And as an added bonus for all of our TeenBeing readers, we have one more interview to share! Victoria is a fashion and special effects makeup artist who loves her job, which has taken her around the world, into Panem, and back.


17-Year-Old Malala Yousafzai Wins Nobel Peace Prize

Earlier today, Malala Yousafzai became the youngest-ever recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. Here at team Choices/TeenBeing, we’re huge fans of Malala and her work, and are so happy that she’s being recognized as a teen changing the world for the better.

Malala’s path toward becoming a world-renowned advocate started when she was only 11 years old. After the Taliban tried to oppress women in her hometown in Pakistan, Malala began speaking out in interviews about the importance of girls’ education.


Teens Without Enough Sleep Aren’t Just Struggling—They’re Failing

We know teens need their sleep. It gives them energy, improves their moods, and helps ward off health issues like heart disease or obesity. But according to a recent study published in the scientific journal Sleep Medicine, sleep can make a difference in the classroom as well. The study, conducted by Department of Neuroscience researchers from Uppsala Universitet in Uppsala County, Sweden, sampled data from over 20,000 students between the ages of 12 and 19. The study found that if students experienced “inadequate sleep” (categorized as frequent sleep disturbance or […]


Teens With Mentors Are More Successful in Their Careers, Study Finds

The bond between a mentor and mentee is extremely valuable. While this is something heard over and over again, there’s actually scientific research to back it up. According to North Carolina State University, young people who have mentors are more likely to find work early on that gives them more responsibility and autonomy. Thinking long-term, this puts them on the path to more successful careers.


Did This School’s Dress Code Punishment Go Too Far?

Dress codes are a tricky topic. Should schools have a say over what students wear? Well, back in 1969 a Supreme Court case decided that students “do not shed their constitutional rights at the schoolhouse gate,” as long as what they’re wearing doesn’t substantially interfere with “school discipline or the rights of others.” This makes sense. But apparently this isn’t always the case. Recently a 15-year-old in Florida was punished for wearing too short of a skirt — and her punishment seems pretty unfair.