Monthly Archives: March 2012

The Summer Jobs Hunger Games: May the Odds be Ever in Your Favor!

This week I read Suzanne Collins’ 2008 young adult novel The Hunger Games. I haven’t seen the film yet, but it opened with the third largest grossing weekend ever. The story is set in a futuristic, dystopian North American country … Continue reading

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From Awareness to Respect

The following is a cross-post from the Disability Blog on Disability.gov. This blog is written by Commissioner Sharon Lewis, Administration on Developmental Disabilities, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. More blogs from Disability.gov are online at http://usodep.blogs.govdelivery.com/.  The Developmental Disabilities … Continue reading

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The Role of Occupational Therapists in Supporting Youth Transitioning to Work

Most people are pretty familiar with what a therapist does, but do you know what an occupational therapist does? I’ll admit that until today I couldn’t really describe the work of these professionals in any kind of detail or how … Continue reading

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My Spring Break Internship

It’s my last spring break before I trade in my sheltered high school life for one in the big leagues. I’m not living it up in Cancun, nor am I “layin’ underneath palm trees” with Katy Perry and those unforgettable … Continue reading

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TTYL: Keeping in Contact with Young Adults

Communicating with youth is a critical component of a youth service professional’s work, so much so that NCWD/Youth has identified it as one of 10 Competency Areas of the Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities that all youth service professionals need to … Continue reading

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26 Seconds

Click here to view an accessible version of the above video of Boost.org’s public service announcement with LeBron James. Preparing to zone out in my man cave while watching the 2012 NBA All Star Celebrity game, I was shocked to … Continue reading

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Solutions and Strategies for Closing the Education, Employment, and Wage Gap for Young African American Males (Part 2 of 2)

Part 1 of this two-part blog series reviewed research that illuminates the depth and nature of the education, employment, and wage gap for young African American males. Today’s blog, Part 2 of 2, highlights some innovative strategies and potential solutions … Continue reading

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