Banding Together: The Voice of Youth in Baltimore

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A young group of former gang members shed light on a different side of the Baltimore riots.

Agape at the Vape: The Era of the e-Cigarette Is Upon Us

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David Packman questions the emergence of a new “extreme sport” – competitive vaping – highlighting some potential health concerns and the messages it is sending to our youth

Building a Better Society: Survival of Boys in Boarding Schools

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Sally Fraser reflects on what led her to become Director of Boarding School Action, an organization for troubled boys.

Breaking Rules: Breaking Away is Part of Growing Up

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Rules are necessary for the development of society. If they didn’t exist, we’d miss the pleasure of breaking them.

10 Things I’ve Learned That I Didn’t Know 10 Years Ago

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Krushangi Maisuria is finishing high school this year. But her wisdom vastly exceeds her age.

3 Ways to Stop Hating Yourself (It Took Me My Whole Life to Learn)

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I spent most of my youth in a self-loathing funk.

How America Messed Up Its Kids…And How We Can Fix Them

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Where did we go wrong in raising this generation, and how can we correct these mistakes? Take a look.

My Wife’s Experience Of Letting Go

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Her eyes roll back into her head and she falls unconscious to the floor. Steven Lake describes what happened to his wife.

Ice Garden

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Dean Kostos expertly weds form and content in this poem–a villanelle–whose use of refrain and repetition reflects an old man’s movement through time and memory.

Age Doesn’t Dim His Blue Eyes

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Dan Szczesny searches for connections with the dad of his youth.

Dear Young Men: I Wish Someone Had Told Me These Things

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David Cain eventually learned that being a man isn’t what he was taught. Now he wants to spare young men the suffering he endured and forge a new concept of manhood.

What’s In a Role Model?

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Sami Jankins suggests it’s time we start reexamining the qualities that make up who we want as today’s role models

Punchline

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Christopher Stephen Soden explores the uncertainty of queer youth–and perhaps youth in general–in this vivid poem.

How Do You See Me?

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PK Kersey recalls how a single event woke him up to the way he was perceived by others.

In Case You Were Wondering

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Justin Hamm’s speaker confronts an insecurity common to many men and women.