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5 ways to help teens feel seen and heard in an uncertain time

Recent incidents of police violence and protests highlighting systemic racism, social inequality and police brutality have caused many teens – and adults – already overwhelmed by the continuing pandemic to feel increasingly anxious and concerned. The past few months have been exhausting for so many of us. It can be easy for young people navigating so many layers of uncertainty to feel beleaguered with pain and sadness.

Summer meals: Spokane food trucks feed homeless teens

A Spokane group of food truck owners is serving up summer meals for 58 homeless Spokane Valley teens who were given a punch card to get five free hot meals a week. Among the youth, 45 of them received STA bus passes to go where the vendors are serving at public events.

State sues e-cigarette maker, says it targets youth market

Massachusetts is suing a national retailer of electronic cigarette and vaping products. Attorney General Maura Healey announced Thursday that the lawsuit alleges Clifton, New Jersey-based Eonsmoke violated state law by targeting minors for sales of its merchandise.

High schoolers are inviting thousands of strangers to watch as they get into college – and get rejected

Reaction videos from non-celebrities, like Chae, offer a different kind of relatability. Some of the viewers are high school juniors and sophomores who are beginning the long process of applying to college themselves. For that audience, the videos aren’t just good content, they’re glimpses into the future – not the heightened version of their dreams and nightmares but viriti depictions of acceptance and rejection as it happens.

The best Rx for teens addicted to vaping? No one knows

The nation’s top health authorities agree: Teen vaping is an epidemic that now affects some 3.6 million underage users of Juul and other e-cigarettes. But no one seems to know the best way to help teenagers who may be addicted to nicotine.

Idaho teens reached out to Kavanaugh accuser. Now they’re getting attention, too

“We feel connected to the 15-year-old girl still living inside of you, and are outraged by the 17-year-old boy still living inside of him,” wrote three Idaho girls in an open letter to Christine Blasey Ford, a university professor who has accused Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her at a party when they were teenagers in Maryland in the 1980s.

Bypassing summer jobs, fewer teens flip burgers

Are teens still seeking traditional summer jobs? National trends show you’ll see fewer youth in seasonal positions. Reasons vary, from teens wanting to do more service work for college apps to those who want to practice a sport, go on family vacations or complete advanced studies.