Here are this week’s top 10:
1. UCLA Newsroom: Foster youth overcome the odds to earn their degrees at UCLA – Having worked with foster youth, we know how hard it can be for them to succeed when they have such a disruptive home life – or no home life at all. The Bruin Guardian Scholars team should therefore be commended for the work they’re doing in making a real difference in the lives of these foster youth.
2. Women News Network: Lebanon youth groups work to bring society together without discrimination – This is a great article of how youth from different backgrounds and different religions are coming together to develop a toolkit that encourages tolerance and acceptance of each other, rather than conflict.
3. Blacktown Advocate: Bright future for Marist Youth Care graduates – This tells the story of 8 Aboriginal youth workers who have graduated from a training program to work with young people in Sydney, Australia.
4. Telegraph: Now schoolchildren are snorting their ADHD medication. Why didn’t America see this coming? – Having seen first hand how ridiculously easy it is for young people to get prescribed medication and then sell it to friends at school, this blog post made for depressing – but essential – reading.
5. TechCrunch: MIT Psychologist says Facebook for pre-teens is “agonizing” – There’s talk that Facebook want to remove the age restriction for signing up, whereby you have to be 13 to create an account. This psychologist doesn’t think it’s a good idea – what do you think?
6. Youth Worker Movement: Finding a job that fits your family – This week, we answered the question as to whether it’s more important for a youth pastor to have experience or qualifications. This post on YW Movement looks at another important factor when deciding on a youth pastor job – whether it’s good for your family.
7. Martin Saunders: Joel’s story – can children change the world? – Martin’s son recently wanted to raise £60 to help poor children in the developing world. Did he make his goal? Go read the story to be inspired.
8. Washington Blade: Former Redskin talks coming out, working with LGBT youth – This article has an interview with Wade Davis, a former player in the NFL who now works with LGBT young people.
9. Independent: Son, your pasta calendars were only ever average, if that – I thought this post was pretty funny, about the lies that parents tell their children.
10. Youtube: You are not special – Our final item today is a video rather than a blog post or article. Apparently this commencement speech caused some controversy, presumably because a small excerpt of it was taken out of context. Personally, I thought it was great and well worth watching for the whole 13 minutes.
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