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Learn Your Supports in School

Whether stress, failing classes, or emotional issues, having trouble in school is not your fault. As youth and young adults, our responsibility is to speak on our issues and look for support to help us. Getting help can include interventions & support, a 504 accommodation plan, Individualized Education Plan (IEP). Moreover, if you have an IEP, consider Youth-led IEPS and supported-decision making.  Let us talk more about these supports:  Interventions and Support: This is when teachers or school faculty directly help you with your challenges.  504 Accommodation Plan: If you have a disability but do not need special instruction to support you. There are supports available under the American Disabilities Act, which is for anyone with a doctor's diagnosis. A school can help under this act with exceptions such as more time to take tests, sitting closer to the teacher, or having a note-taker present in your class.  Individualized Educatio
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The Power of Social Media Influencers

The evolution of social media is a concept that youth and young adults of different identities will consider a hub of information. At the center of this hub are the social media influencers. These are companies, organizations, but commonly individuals who are selling an idea or product. Anybody can consider themselves an influencer, but how and what for is the question. Using social media as a tool that is a power for the common good is an encouraging start. 

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the COVID-19 Vax

Youth and young adults have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine, and they are commonly fluent in technology use. These worlds are colliding with Vira, the Vax Chatbot, powered by artificial intelligence and designed to answer simple questions on the COVID-19 vaccine. The automated chat also has an option to provide feedback to the developers for improvements. 

Living Philanthropically

To enact social change via causes that are important to you requires you to live philanthropically. Youth and young adults can learn this mindset by learning about current events and taking the first step in philanthropy. Invest your time, treasures, and talents in the community to be part of philanthropy. 

Advocacy and Action

Advocating and action go hand in hand. Everyone wants to see change, but it starts with an individual. There is a planning process before the action takes place. But youth and young adults have the strength and capacity to give back for the common good. 

Disclosure

Self-advocacy is a necessary life skill, and disclosing your disability is a form of self-advocacy. Youth and young adults should know when to disclose sensitive information like their disability. Because disclosing your disability is not an easy task but may be required for certain accommodations like enrolling in college and connecting with Disability Services.  Featuring… How to Self-Advocate as a College Student with a Learning Disability One of the first exposures that young adults have in disclosing their disability is college enrollment. Neurohealth Arlington Heights offers services to people of all ages in psychological assessments and treatments. This webpage on their site describes what it means to contact Disability Services in College. Communicating and disclosing your disability in college is necessary because it is how one would receive accommodations. Read more and learn what rights you have under the American Disabilities Act (ADA). Are you a self-advocate? Have you eve

Grit & The Power of Yet!

Grit or mental toughness is the difference between gold and silver medalists. Any amount of success should be celebrated, but youth and young adults with grit push forward in their challenges to not only accomplish their goals but go beyond them. Anyone can start building grit with the power of yet. Featuring… GRIT: Traits that Matter for School, Work, and Life Watch this video on grit. It is explained as a combination of character traits, "such as self-control, passion, and perseverance." Grit has now been considered more important by modern psychologists for success in life than good grades. Learn more on this as you watch the video.  The Power of YET! Building a growth mindset is not easy, but this activity is a start. The Power of Yet is when you use the word "yet" to train your brain to look at challenges as stepping-stones, not walls.  Examples:  "Losing weight is hard, and I don't think I'll get to the weight that I want...yet! "I don'