Teen Stories

Leaving Bullying Behind

Today’s blog post was written by Javonte Francis, a student from one of inspirED’s partners, Beyond Differences. In it, he discusses how his experience of high school changed when he learned how to stand up against bullying and social isolation. To learn more about becoming an upstander at your school, check out Beyond Differences’ website

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Daniel’s Key to Success: SEL

  “Calm down!” – How many times have you heard someone tell you this?     Our entire lives we have been told to “chill out” or “calm down,” but when have we been taught the skills to manage these emotions? Never.    Today’s youth face a complex and stressful academic and social environment. Mental health

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Emotionally Correct Conversations by Riley Gantt

Student 1: “How late were you up last night?” Student 2: “Oh about 12, how about you?” Student 1: “You’re so lucky, I am so tired! I had piano after school and then play rehearsal. So I didn’t get home until 9. Then I had to eat and shower so I didn’t start homework until

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Finding My Safe Space by Sarah Bouffard

    Throughout my time in high school, I had noticed that I was not the only student who felt like they did not have an area in school they could call a safe space, that they were allowed access to at any time during the school year. Very quickly, my space became the art

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Finding Friends, Finding Myself by Malia Mendez

  These are my friends. Here, we are perfectly posed for my mother’s Canon camera and desperately waiting for the shutter to click so we can go back to eating snow like this: We are utter and complete goofballs, honored scholars that still love throwing snowballs at each other’s backs just for laughs, and this

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Smile Cards

I live by a simple yet meaningful phrase “Know the story, know the person.” I know that behind your face is a story, a story worth sharing. The whole point behind the “Smile Cards”, as I dubbed them, is that when you hand them out to people, the most common response is simply a smile.

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Creating Who I Want To Be

My mom always told me I can be whoever I want to be when I get older. However, ever since I was little girl, I knew that I wanted to be a superstar. In whatever shape or form that entailed, I knew I needed to be offering inspiration and entertainment to the world. My journey

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Life Lessons

Part 1 I’ve been working at Maru-a-Pula School in Gaborone, Botswana (right above South Africa) since January.  Amidst what’s been a tremendously positive experience, a part of my work is less fulfilling than others. Often times, being a teacher aide, I’ll be given information to organize in a spreadsheet or letters to write and deliver

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An Unexpected Friendship

I walk into the room.  The air is thick and my heart is beating extremely fast. Today is the day we find out.  After all the gifts are given and speeches are made, the long awaited announcement is here. I want it so badly, probably more than I want anything in my life. It would

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Quiet Lesson From Unwarranted Stress

  I wrote this post for my blog after being excluded from my senior homecoming, feeling overwhelming stress, and judging myself for it. inspirED has given me the tools to deal with my stress, rather than judging myself for stressing. Have you ever had something linger in your mind, that you know is not worth stressing

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