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Caregiving Students Need More Support

February 20, 2023

Developmental psychologist Emma Armstrong-Carter highlights a form of contributing that many adolescents provide for their families—caregiving.

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Adolescents Matter

March 2, 2021

At a panel discussion at UC Berkeley’s Institute for Human Development (IHD) on Monday, IHD Director Dr. Ron Dahl (host of our Adaptivity podcast), talked with our Co-Executive Director Andrew Fuligni and Cornell professor Anthony Burrow about the kinds of contributions that feed the hunger to matter during adolescence.

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Social Media for Social Justice: How Young People Are Going Online to Improve the World IRL

January 20, 2021

Allyson Nesmith writes about the ways young people are using social media to channel their own challenging experiences into positive change in the world.

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Youth Impact Beyond the Ballot Box

November 23, 2020

Young people’s influence on this election went beyond their (impressive) turnout at the polls. Allyson Nesmith, our Digital Communications Intern and a senior at Vanderbilt University, writes about the extensive behind-the-scenes work by young people like her friend Ashwin Kanuru, a senior at UC Berkeley.

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November 9, 2020

It looks like young people turned out to vote in record numbers in the 2020 election, and their votes MATTERED.

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How Old is Old Enough to Vote?

October 30, 2020

Is 17 old enough to vote? We asked UCLA neuroscientist Adriana Galván, one of our co-executive directors and director of UCLA’s Developmental Neuroscience Laboratory, to break down what the research says about adolescent decision-making.

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COVID-19: Teens Are Part of the Solution

October 21, 2020

Adolescents know all about social norms. Maud Hensoms, PhD candidate, and Eddie Brummelman, PhD, explain how young people can help fight COVID-19 by spreading norms that encourage responsible behaviors.

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Adolescents Using Social Media to Prevent Substance Use

October 28, 2019

The Living the Example program shows why it's important to involve adolescents in promoting health and well-being, and how teen social media use can be a force for good.

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Power of Adolescent Voice: Climate Change Youth Activism

September 26, 2019

The youth climate movement shows how adolescents are using their power and influence to effect positive change--now it's adults' turn to do the same.

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