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  • Different kinds of smart

    By Jennifer A. Skuza, PhD - Friday, April 11, 2014

    Youth perceive and process information in very different ways. In fact, their learning styles are based on those two fundamental cognitive functions. Learning styles theory suggests that how much individuals learn has more to do with whether the educational experience is geared toward their particular style of learning than whether or not they are "smart." So, we should ask, How is this youth smart? rather than, Is this youth smart? Here are some general learning style classifications....

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  • Is youth homelessness a hopeless problem?

    By Sara Langworthy, Ph.D. - Friday, April 04, 2014

    "I can remember being out walking around late at night, nothing to do, exhausted from a long day of walking, and I would see things that I thought I'd never have to experience. I never thought that one day I might be homeless in Seattle. It's a tough world when you are battling to stay alive on these district streets" ~Anthony, homeless teen in Seattle In a single night in January 2013, across the U.S. there were a total of 46,924 unaccompanied homeless youth, approximately 8% of the total homeless population for that night. Of them, 86% were 18-24...

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