Haley M. is a college freshman at the College of New Jersey majoring in art education. Her recent series of paintings, seen throughout this piece, were inspired by her experience with mental illness.…We talked with her about life as a college student, what keeps her going as an artist, and how she hopes to break down the stigmas of mental illness. What was the first thing you listened to today? My alarm clock. But if this is supposed to be a question that reveals my music taste,… >> Read More
The Challenge: Hospitalized children often have nothing to play with or inspire them.
The Solution: Kayla Cares 4 Kids
The Teen Hero Who’s Making This World A Better Place: Kayla Abramowitz…from North Palm Beach, Florida. Kayla is only 14 years old, but she knows what it’s like to spend time in the hospital. She was just 6 when she would first show symptoms that would eventually be diagnosed as Crohn’s Disease, Juvenile Arthritis, and Eosinophilic Colitis. The eldest of three children, she also spent time… >> Read More
My oldest son became a bar mitzvah in November. We had a congregational Kiddush luncheon in his honor, and a small party for him and his friends that evening. Instead of having the grand blowout…party that seems to be the general expectation in my New Jersey suburb, we opted to go to Israel instead. And it was the best decision I possibly could have made, for these reasons (among others): 1. Visiting Israel is not just any trip. Sure, we could have gone to Paris, or Punta Cana, or… >> Read More
When a new baby is welcomed into the family, it's a big deal for everybody, especially when it means you become a first time uncle or aunt. For 18-year-old Grant Kessler, who lives in Ohio, he took…that moment very seriously when his older sister gave birth to a baby girl. In fact, he took it so seriously that he dressed up in a suit for the occasion. The sweet moment was captured in a photo Grant’s 16-year-old sister, Iris, took, who later tweeted the photo of him in the waiting room on Tuesday, with… >> Read More
The Challenge: Bullying affects students all over the world and can be traumatizing.
The Solution: The Validation Project.
The Teen Who’s Making A Brighter Future: Valerie Weisler of New…York, NY. Valerie Weisler knew what it was like to be shy. As a high school freshman, she was so quiet, she was accused of being mute. But when she saw a fellow student being bullied, she spoke up and said, “You matter.” His response, that her words “validated” him, in turn inspired her. Thus,… >> Read More