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UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 4, 2020

Gym class without the gym? With technology, it’s catching on

For students whose tests and textbooks have migrated to screens, technology as gym equipment may have been only a matter of time

Difference Makers: Ryan Oelrich aims to help Spokane’s youth through fun, games and data

The executive director of Priority Spokane can point to charts and graphs showing the effect community health workers have had on reducing homelessness among local youth. But there’s also a …

UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 17, 2019

Daybreak Youth Services says $500,000 budget gap could force closure of treatment facilities in Spokane, Vancouver

Daybreak, which was founded in Spokane in 1978, says its financial situation follows the troubled expansion of its treatment facility in the Vancouver area. Now the organization is seeking loans …

Clue-solving: Spokane libraries unlock escape rooms

As a trend, Spokane-area libraries are offering sessions of escape rooms as a youth summer activity. Filled with education and puzzle-solving, the sessions are a way to celebrate the game’s …

UPDATED: Fri., April 19, 2019

Police find missing 12-year-old

Police say they have located a 12-year-old who was reported missing Friday afternoon.

Surgery to remove wisdom teeth puts some teens and young adults on a path to opioid abuse

New study offers new evidence of how readily – and innocently – a potentially fatal addiction to opioids can take hold. It also shows how important it is that dentists …

Sue Lani Madsen: A teachable moment on teen drinking

It’s been a gut wrenching week for anyone following the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings and a teachable moment to discuss community norms and parents’ role in underage drinking.

Unlocking puzzles in pediatric diabetes

As more kids get diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, new research led by a Seattle professor has found yet another concern. Medications are less effective on youth than their adult …

Spark Central: Igniting creativity

Spark Central: 5 things to know

UPDATED: Wed., March 14, 2018

A new twist on vaping: Juuls are small, discreet, and have health and school officials concerned

Called Juul by brand name – or “juuling” on the street – the vaping device has lit up attention both for its popularity and public health warnings that the discreet, …

UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 10, 2017

Bellingham homeless youth capture photos of daily lives

When he was in the military, Daniel Liddicoet realized that photography was a powerful tool for expression.

Analysis: Washington state youth pot use hasn’t increased

Analysis by a group of Washington state marijuana experts has found that youth use of pot and cannabis-abuse treatment did not increase after the state’s legalization of marijuana for grown-ups.

Despite changes, Excelsior pursues mandate to help troubled youth

Excelsior’s role in the lives of its foster kids, and its location in a suburban neighborhood, have been cause for controversy in recent years. But despite the challenges of the …

UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 7, 2017

Nonprofit Safety Net backs youth who age out of foster care

Founded 10 years ago, Safety Net now helps about 100 to 150 foster kids a year, with a main focus on youth who have aged out of the system at …

Leaving the streets: Housing challenge gives homeless youth a shot at independent living

Spokane is in the final weeks of a challenge to house 100 homeless young people, ages 12 to 24, in 100 days. King and Pierce counties are also participating, with …

Project Hope expands mission under new name

West Central nonprofit Project Hope is celebrating its 10th year with a new name and an expanded mission.

Oregon took months to fix lead problems at juvenile prisons

Oregon officials knew in July 2016 that tap water in juvenile prisons had excessive levels of lead but took eight months to test the entire system and shut down bad …

Teen pot use declines in Colorado after legalization, study finds

Teen marijuana use fell sharply in Colorado in the years 2014 and 2015, after the opening of that state’s recreational marijuana market, new federal survey data show.

Compulsive video-gaming may mean less drug use among U.S. teens

American teens are using fewer illicit drugs, with the exception of marijuana, according to a new study funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

American Dream? Odds plunge that children will earn more than their parents

Rising income inequality has eroded the ability for American children to grow up to earn more than their parents, according to groundbreaking new research from a superstar team of economists …

Ohio’s youngest primary voters at center of election dispute

A policy for Ohio’s youngest voters is under dispute in the swing state, causing confusion and prompting two lawsuits days before the primary election.

Movie review: ‘Youth’ is a celebration of movies, life

“Youth,” writer-director Paolo Sorrentino’s visually extravagant meditation on old age, is the simple, near-plotless tale of two old friends – a retired composer and orchestra director (Michael Caine) and a …

UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 2, 2015

Spokane’s youth homeless rate 33 percent higher than state average, study says

A study conducted by Eastern Washington University professors indicates that Spokane’s rate of youth homelessness is about 33 percent higher than the state average. Additionally, the study identifies a gap …

Cosmetic surgery procedures continue to gain favor among baby boomers

We baby boomers have made it clear that we wish to live forever. The universe stubbornly refuses to grant our demand, possibly because the universe fears this would set a …

Top 10 books for children, young readers

If you have a voracious young book-lover in the family, you know that the appetite for new books is bottomless. Here are our 10 favorite books of 2013 for small …

Washington marijuana sales stings will use minors

SEATTLE – A select group of minors will go into Washington’s new legal pot stores on a covert mission: to try to buy weed for the state. To curtail youth …

New meal program brings kids to the table

It was only the second time they tried it, but the children at Northeast Youth Center behaved like they’d always sat down for a hot meal in the late afternoon. …

Playhouse auction will benefit kids

Budget cuts at youth programs and community centers across town were on Kim Ferraro’s mind when she was on a trip to Montana last year. Ferraro is the executive director …

Concussions expert urges age limit on head blows

A leading neurosurgeon called for better protection for young athletes from head injuries on Friday, as a research project involving 100 retired NFL players seeks a diagnosis for a brain …

Violence concerns downtown Spokane businesses

SPOKANE — Some downtown Spokane businesses concerned about late-night violence will discuss the issue tonight at a meeting of the Riverside Neighborhood Council.