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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

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My Day at Camp: Putting the pedal to the metal

I never thought my third and final “My Day at Camp” assignment of the summer would end with me fighting zombies. But that’s exactly what happened, and a lot more, when I arrived at Octane Raceway in Scottsdale for Summer Engineering Camp. In its second year offering camp, Octane Raceway once again partnered with East […]

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Get Savvy: Kathleen Buckstaff’s book for teens

Have you ever crossed paths with someone you just knew would be a cherished friend, if only a few circumstances were different? For me, Kathleen Buckstaff is one of those people. I’ve only met her once, to my recollection. So I don’t really know her that well. And yet I know her. This month, I […]

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High-school civics: There’s an app for that

Who lived in America before the Europeans arrived? If your answer was American Indians, you’d be on your way to mastering a civics test that all Arizona high-school students must pass this year. Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signed the American Civics Act in 2015, making Arizona the first state to enact a law requiring students […]

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Teen jobs: Out-of-the-box ideas for summer

School will soon be out for the summer. And while the temperatures rise, so too will the level of your teenager’s boredom. Summer jobs can be a perfect solution. True, many summer jobs for teens include a greasy grill scraper or a drive-through headset, but there are plenty of other opportunities for 16- and 17-year-olds […]

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New Camp O’Connor offers free civics summer camp to middle schoolers

Kids entering seventh or eighth grades this fall have an opportunity to be part of an inaugural, free, one-week summer camp focusing on civics and leadership. The nonprofit O’Connor Institute (formed in 2009 by retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor) is hosting the camp, in partnership with the Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & […]

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Does your child want a cellphone? Here’s what to consider

In the past year, my almost 11-year-old daughter has been asking the same question repeatedly: “Can I get a cellphone?” It’s a universal conundrum for parents of tweens; it’s a tough call to determine when a child is mature enough to own a one. There are advantages to holding off: Doing so can minimize distractions, […]

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Spot 127 — KJZZ’s Youth Media Center — is reaching teens, changing lives

Emmy-winner Sylvia McDonald Cook has an impressive resume — from serving as executive sports producer at CBS to running an Atlanta TV station during the ’96 Olympics. But nothing prepared her for the life-changing impact of her job as senior editor at Spot 127, KJZZ’s Youth Media Center in Phoenix. “I never thought I’d find […]

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Homeless teens find shelter, and hope, at Tumbleweed

Tonight and every night, at least 600 young people in Arizona will find themselves sleeping on the streets. They are homeless — runaways, castoffs, troubled teens — with no place to go. The reasons they’re on the streets are as different as they are, but for every story there’s a common thread: They all need […]

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Free summer program for teens interested in healthcare careers

High school students interested in an in-depth look at healthcare careers have until Sunday, May 1, to apply for Midwestern University’s eight-day Health Careers Institute for High School Students, which takes place on the university’s Glendale campus July 9 through 18. The free program is open to high school juniors and seniors. Forty-eight participants will […]

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5 teen volunteer opportunities

Have a teen who needs something meaningful to do? Here are five ways teens can get involved, learn skills, build those college resumes and feel really great about how they’re spending their time. Hospice of the Valley hov.org High school students in the HOV Teen Volunteer Program visit patients for two hours each week and […]

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