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    Just one more acronym…that can make all of your youth-based outreach more effective.

    Working on a DEI, TIC, or SEL youth initiative? It’s time for a MITEY change in professional development! Motivational Interviewing or “MI” (a combination of communication strategies designed to support self-directed positive behavior change) has been studied extensively and proven to be one of the most effective techniques for...

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    Youth depression & mental health: how can schools make a meaningful difference?

    We’ve all seen the stats. And they are increasingly alarming. According to a recent JAMA study: major depressive disorder in teens has nearly doubled in the past decade. A situation made so much worse by the pandemic, that the surgeon general just issued a rare public advisory on the...

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    We need to talk…with parents!

    Equipping parents for real talks with their tweens & teens October is Let’s Talk Month, encompassing national and statewide initiatives supporting partnerships between families and organizations that serve them to foster open and honest parent-teen conversations. Research shows that parents—the biggest influencers on teen’s decisions—are not talking often or...

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    They’re back!

    Across the nation students are back-to-school… in person, virtually and every combination in between! Now that we’ve survived the busy, chaotic first few weeks of “The Return” – what’s next? Now is the time to ensure that each valuable interaction you have helps to: Identify youth that are struggling...

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    Mastering Motivational Interviewing for College Students

    Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a well-established communication and coaching method for effectively engaging adults and youth in risk reduction and behavior change discussions.  Many times young adults are overlooked in MI discussions, yet MI strategies are a perfect fit for the unique needs of college students.  College students are...

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    The birds & the bees are back – take “the talk” to the next level

    As vaccination rates increase so do the interactions between teens…along with an increase in sexual health risks! We know it’s never easy to engage teens in conversations about sex. And that might be one of the reasons sexual health screening and counseling isn’t provided to 1/3 of youth seeking...

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    #LoveYourLungs: Helping Teens Quit Nicotine with Virtual Health Coaching

    Valentine’s Day may have come and gone, but teens’ love of vaping is still going strong. According to the 2020 National Youth Tobacco Survey, 38.9% of current high school e-cigarette users use e-cigarettes on 20 days or more per month, up from 34.2% in 2019. While the dangers of...

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    Empowering Youth with MITEY Change

    Falling asleep on hour long webinars? Video calls becoming a routine exercise in multitasking? Take a quick break with us instead! Just in time for the New Year, we’re excited to offer new 20-minute Brief Opportunity Of Supportive Training (BOOST) speed sessions designed to give you a quick knowledge BOOST, without...

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    ‘Tis the Season for Family Support

    The holidays look a bit different this year. In the absence of travelling to see loved ones, we’ve been gifted the opportunity to rediscover the importance of family, to intentionally focus on our households. As lovely as this may be for many, isolation does not come without its trials...

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    Bridging the Gap with Virtual Health Educators

    With COVID-19 cases once again on the rise, health engagement with youth is changing. Dealing with risk factors that can derail students’ health and educational success, like unprotected sex and substance use, is leading health professionals to look for innovative ways to continue providing services from a distance. And...

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