The Drill Instructor and the Boy Without a Father

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An old talk show episode about teaching teens respect has Eduardo García thinking about what it means to raise a boy into a man.

First Love: Score

Memories of a beanbag...and so much more.

Scott Heydt recalls a first for him when he was 12 years old.

Crush

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Nothing says “sorry” like a fist.

Pregnant Boys: Chicago’s Teen Pregnancy Campaign Sparks Conversation

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Chicago is shocking the world with its 2013 teen pregnancy prevention campaign, which features pregnant teenage boys.

Down the Hatch

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Tsach Gilboa, at age fifteen, finds himself locked in a death struggle with his best friend—for the attention of a girl.

An Open Letter About High School Bullies and Self-Medicating With Movies

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Sean Hackett knows what it’s like to be uncool. He turned it into art. Here he helps a fellow underdog, also bullied.

Who Is Greater?

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What makes someone like Dzhokhar Tsarnaev vulnerable to radicalization? A Muslim American parent of two young men asks a question that strikes close to home.

Big Man on Campus

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A fragile boy with learning disabilities transitions from home school to college.

How Teens Drink

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Before the energy drink slash cocktail and butt-chugging, there was “The Watermelon Crawl” and “Mr. Boston’s.”

Coup d’État

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A missionary growing his first chin hairs comes face to face with revolutionary soldiers in the Dominican Republic.

Hair Down There

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A sign that a boy is becoming a man is commemorated by his family.

First Crush

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When Andy Bodle’s first feelings of love were not returned in kind, he succumbed to desperation.

Remembering Sensei

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Who owns the memory of a great man?

Puberty: 3/16

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Like puberty isn’t bad enough, but some people have to go and write about it.

The Function of Adrenalin in Boys’ Rites of Passage

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The young generation can be a threat to the status quo, or an energy source that needs direction, depending on how we meet the challenge.

Batter Up

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My girlfriend’s 15 year old kid had played a year of Little League and hadn’t picked up a bat or glove since. This was an opportunity for us to bond, but the odds were stacked against us.