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Young People

The articles in this section address topics such as the role of honesty, the advantages of academic acheivement, the benefits of hard work, sexual readiness, and the importance of personal conduct.

It provides learning experiences for young people as you work to develop your understanding of how to plan and manage your life. There are certain fundamental understandings that every young person needs to develop to improve their ability to make good choices as they go through life.

Read the articles in this section to learn about how you can become a well-rounded, young individual. 

4 Reasons Why Your Aim for Success is Missing the Mark »

Creating Achievable Goals

Much like writing a letter to Santa, our society believes that if we write down our goals, they will magically appear. Success will come wrapped up in red-and-green paper, nestled under a tree of pine needles and money.

How to Discover Yourself »

Being You!

When we’re young, we have a tendency to value the opinions of our friends more than we value our own. We tend to think that many of those around us have things figured out. We feel that they really know what they’re doing while we’re still trying to determine what life is all about, and what we want to do with the life that we have. This is a feeling that almost everyone has had at some point in their life.

What Would You Do? »

Teen Makes Threat

What would you do if a classmate threatened you? Take our quiz to see if you would make the right choice. 

How to Succeed by Finding Your Passion »

Reaching Your Personal Goals

At the end of this and every other day, when you finally lie down to rest for the night, what do you think or dream about? Do you think about the things you may want to accomplish with your life?  Do you dream about your hopes and wishes for the future? Do you see yourself playing some big league sport, teaching a college class or running a business that you have started?  Dreaming and thinking about your future is important and, although the possibilities may change often, this is “good work” for you to do.

Why Friendship Should be a Choice »

The Friendship Project

You already have lots of friends. And, you already know that some of them are “good guys” and others are…well, not so much. You’ve already realized that some of these friends can influence you in bad ways, while others inspire you to “do more” and “be better” through the examples they set each day. You already know all of this…so why take the time to read an article about the development of friendships?  Let us answer that question for you.

How to Respect Yourself and Others »

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Part 1 of 2

What exactly is respect? In this two-part series, we will explore three areas of respect – self-respect, respect for others and other people’s respect for you. All three of these areas of respect are very important.

How to Gain the Respect of Others »

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Part 2 of 2

As a young person, it can be frustrating when you’re expected to give respect and yet you don’t always receive that same respect in return. That type of frustration is very understandable. But, there are several reasons why this is so often the case. 

3 Ways to Stand Out from the Crowd »

Kindness, Character and Authenticity

There was a boy in many of our classes – we’ll call him Andre – who was often “the butt of the joke” among my former friends. His family wasn’t from this country, and he had a foreign name. He was also a reserved type – a gentle person on the quiet side. My former friends made fun of him for being different. Wanting to be liked and accepted by these people, it seemed like a no-brainer to jump on the bandwagon and make fun of Andre.

Why Manners are Important »

Succeed with Please and Thank You

While you may not have heard of Fred Astaire or his quote above, he was a gentleman in every sense of the word.  In a nutshell, Astaire was one of the biggest stars of his day. He was one of the greatest dancers of all time in film and on Broadway stages, and was also famous as an actor and singer. Yes, he lived long before your time, but he had some important things to say about manners and personal conduct.

Is Your Phone Disconnecting You from the World? »

Here's Why You Should Put Your Phone Down

It’s 2014, and cell phones have been in use now for about 20 years.  Believe it or not, before the mid-1990’s, most of the general public had no cell phones.  As strange as it might seem, life “back then” worked pretty well without them.  But since that time, our cell phones have come to dominate our worlds – and that includes young children, teens, and adults alike. You couldn’t live without yours…right? 

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Good habits formed at youth make all of the difference in life. Aristotle