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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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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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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 […]

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What to Know About Bank Fees

By M Katie Helle, CPA – On just about every corner as I drive in the Phoenix Metropolitan area, there is either a gas station or a bank.  Two very important business establishments… one allows you to deposit your money so you can pay for gas at the other.  The number of banks seems to […]

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Embrace the Stock Market

By M Katie Helle, CPA – You may regularly hear in the media, talk about trading on the stock market and the highs and lows that often occur.  As a young adult, you may not understand the stock market and how it works.  The stock market is where you (the investor) can buy and sell […]


The Power of Pause

By Joan Marlow — You’ve had enough and what comes out of your mouth is:  SHUT UP!!!  YOU’RE STUPID!!  I DON’T WANT YOU AS A FRIEND!!  I HATE YOU!!  I’M JUST AN IDIOT!!! OR Your body goes into action:  slamming doors, cutting class, driving too fast, not following through on a promise, beating up on […]

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Just B-R-E-A-T-H-E…

By Joan Marlow — Has this ever happened to you?  Everywhere you turn there’s DRAMA …mom and dad are fighting again, your teacher has unrealistic expectations for a project you’re working on, your friends are taking risks that are making you uncomfortable, your boyfriend appears to be pulling away!!!   Your body and brain are saying […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

How to Think Like a Detective

By Stephanie Brewer — Most of us have seen a detective in action on TV or in a movie. Watching the detective solve the crime by finding one clue at a time is part of what keeps the audience engaged, waiting to learn the answer to ‘Who Dunnit?’  Thinking like a detective can help us […]

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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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