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Body changes! Emotional rollercoaster! Fad diets! What to think? Our health & wellness team is here to answer your questions. If you would like to know more about your body, physical health, mental and emotional health, and even nutrition, we are here to help get you the information you need.

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How Student Loans Work

By M Katie Helle, CPA – With the rising cost of a college education, many students turn to student loans for help. A student loan is a sum of money you borrow for your education and pay back over time. Student loans are unique loans in that you have the option to defer payments while […]

The Difference between Good and Bad Debt

By M Katie Helle, CPA – While many of us would prefer to live debt free, it is not always possible and perhaps may not be very smart.  Most people do not earn enough to pay for important purchases.  When determining if it is necessary to incur debt, it is important to understand the difference […]

What is Compound Interest?

By M Katie Helle, CPA – As you start to manage your finances, it is important to understand interest, whether it be interest you are earning on your savings or interest paid on money borrowed. So you may be asking yourself what exactly is compound interest?  According to Investopedia, compound interest is “interest calculated on […]


New Year; New Beginnings

By Joan Marlow — Yes, a new year is here!  To many, a New Year means an opportunity for New Beginnings.  Whether you’re happy or sad to see 2019 move into your personal history book and whether or not you’re ready to open your arms for all that 2020 offers, consider taking a few minutes […]

The Power of Positivity

By Joan Marlow — “Attitude is a Little Thing that Makes a Big Difference.” Winston Churchill “Once you Replace Negative Thoughts with Positive Ones, You’ll Start Having Positive Outcomes.”  Willie Nelson “The Only Person you are Destined to Become is the Person You Decide to Be.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson I’m chuckling to myself as I […]

Four Agreements to Live By

By Joan Marlow — What follows is a concept, tool, idea that can support you through your life today and forever. There’s a saying, ‘the only thing constant is change’; you see it all the time and will continue to see it for your entire life. We learn that change is easy: we can change […]


First Resume, No Experience, No Problem

By David Pacheco — Congratulations! You’ve reached that stage of applying for your first job. You might be asking “what do I write for experience if I’ve never worked before?”  But before we get to that part, just a couple of points first. Your resume or application should always be clean and unwrinkled. This signals […]

What are Soft Skills?

By Alison Stanton — If you are thinking about getting a summer job or a part-time job during the school year, you might be worried that you don’t really have the specific skills that employers are looking for. After all, you are a teenager who has been in school your whole life, so you have […]

Managing Your Time

By Stephanie Brewer — What happens when you have a limited amount of something valuable? We usually think of money when it comes to limited resources. There never seems to be enough to do what we need to do. But money isn’t the only limited resource. Our time is limited and it is just as […]

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Choose to Matter

In Choose to Matter: Being Courageously and Fabulously YOU Julie Foudy, two-time Olympic Gold Medalist and former captain of the US National team, takes you on a journey to discover your authentic self. By choosing to matter, each of us can become the powerful woman we are meant to be.  We can learn to be […]

The Gifts of Imperfection

We are worthy! YOU are worthy! Here we find a motivational guide to live our life authentically…”a perfectly imperfect life”.  Brené Brown shares and encourages each of us to not listen to self-defeating thoughts but embrace our imperfections. Get your copy here. Friends of Teen Strong

On the Come Up

On the Come Up is the story of fighting for your dreams, even as the odds are stacked against you; and about how, especially for young black people, freedom of speech isn’t always free. This is the second novel by Angie Thomas, the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling, award-winning The Hate U […]


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Stories That Inspire

I was asked to write an article for the “Stories that Inspire” section of this website. Wow. I never thought I would have made it to a point where I could inspire and be in a position where I could share my story. I have no way of telling how you wandered to this site and then this article, but I hope you find the support you’re looking for, as well as the words you need to hear to carry on. Read more »


Like many people my age, I come from a blended family. There’s my mom, step-dad, step-sister, my two brothers and me. I was six when my mom got remarried and I am now 22. While it was challenging growing up in a blended family, it was rewarding, too. Looking back now, I wouldn’t trade my situation because, in the end, it gave me my family, and I wouldn’t change my family for anything in the world. Read more »


I’ve always felt emotions so deeply, seemingly much more than others. Anxiety found me even as a child. I’d cry hysterically to my mom because I was afraid of death and feel sick to my stomach for weeks before sleep away camp. Once my teenage years hit, the darkness of depression started to seep in. These intense emotions were frightening, and so I hid them away. Read more »


Raised by parents who struggled with drug addiction, in an environment where abuse was rampant, I lived a childhood filled with setbacks, heartbreak and challenges. At 11, my dad beat my mom in the early hours of the morning and left for Cali and shortly thereafter ended up in prison. Read more »


I was in the 4th grade the first time someone called me the ‘n’ word. It was a teacher. At the time, I didn’t know what the word meant, but I remember going home and telling my family and the shock that swept over my mother’s face when I said it. Read more »

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