As financial literacy advocates push for more personal finance education in schools, students are also joining the cause.
Only 21 states require personal finance coursework to graduate high school, with just a handful mandating a stand-alone class, according to the Council for Economic Education. Yet research shows that those who have some financial education typically have lower credit card balances, higher credit scores and take out smaller private loans for college.
A current events conversation from the New York Times: Teenage comments in response to our recent writing prompts, and an invitation to join the ongoing conversation. Teens weigh in with their opinions on whether or not corporations in America should take political stands, what subjects they'd like to Podcast about, and the personal codes they live by.
As a student at Central High School, Andre Pak felt like it wasn’t possible to talk honestly about his feelings and emotions with his peers in a supportive environment. So during his senior year, he joined Creative Resilient Youth (CRY), a collective of 10 teens who use art to address the gaps in mental health dialogues at schools in the Philadelphia area. What resulted was a youth podcast that has discussed stigma surrounding antidepressants and antianxiety medications, as well as nonconfrontational approaches to start talking about mental health with parents.
The ability to adapt well in the face of hard times is a valuable skill for young adults. "If you’re a young adult, you know that life can be pretty tough sometimes. You may face problems ranging from being bullied to the death of a friend or parent. Why is it that sometimes people can go through really rough times and still bounce back?" The difference is that those who bounce back are using the skills of resilience. Here are ten tips from the American Psychological Association (APA) to begin your journey to resilience.