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Student: Teacher taught 'God is not real'

October 28th, 2015
A seventh grader says she was asked to deny the existence of God in her reading class and was told she was wrong when she defended her faith. read more ...

The Teen Brain, Alcohol, and Drugs...A Helpful Infographic

October 21st, 2015
Recently, I’ve had several youth workers lament the fact that they are ministering in churches and communities where adolescent drug and alcohol use is being promoted rather than prevented by parents. . . the very people who should be intervening to protect their kids from making horribly unwise decisions that could affect them negatively for the rest of their lives. Whenever I hear these stories, I am left shaking my head by the stupidity of parents who reason that a) they need to be their child’s friend rather than their...

How Much Junk Food Do Teenagers Eat?

October 13th, 2015
American teenagers receive 16.9 percent of their calories from fast food, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported last week. It made no difference whether the teenager was a boy or a girl, rich or poor, overweight or not. But there were some differences by race and ethnicity. ... read more

FDA Trying To Keep Hip Hop Teens From Smoking

October 13th, 2015
Can the federal government do hip-hop? That's the goal of a new ad campaign from the Food and Drug Administration, which aims to embrace the attitude and style of "hip-hop culture" in an effort to dissuade young African Americans, Hispanics and other minority teenagers from smoking. ... read more
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