Success Stories

A person's high school years have always been said to be the best of their lives. Not only is it supposed to be a time of meeting and befriending new people who are ...
United States high schools, I feel, do a pretty good job of supporting the academic, social needs, and interests of today's students. In today's schools, we have so ...
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Produced by: SparkAction (at press time, Connect for Kids)
Low-income students who drop out—or are pushed out—of school without a high school diploma face long odds in their search for a path to a successful and ...
Ice hockey fans are devoted to their sport, unfazed by the game's physical demands, cumbersome equipment, and the red-hot competition for ice time. Massachusetts is ...
Untitled, by Steve Schreiner, was one of the works featured in "The MUSE Show."
Produced by: Connect for Kids (now SparkAction)
It's a question that pops out during a ride in the car, at the dinner table, through a recently-slammed door after a fight about finishing up homework: "What good is ...
Youth Communication, the non-profit founded by Keith Hefner in New York City to give young people a voice on the things that matter to them, is now 25 years ...
Building kites, drawing, creating an on-line community—these are some of the ways that young survivors of Hurricane Katrina are expressing themselves as part of ...
Thanks to new legislation, schools across the country have to roll out comprehensive new wellness policies before the start of the next school year. It's an issue ...
As the ultimate companion animals, dogs have spent centuries perfecting their special skills—whether it's herding sheep, catching Frisbees, or making humans feel ...
Entering foster care is traumatic for any child—even more so when siblings are separated. High school senior Kala Clark of Maine, who entered care at age 12, ...
The dearth of women—especially minority women from low-income families—in the fields of engineering, science and technology is long-standing, and hard to ...
College Heights Early Childhood Learning Center
Produced by: SparkAction
Great teachers, plenty of books, toys and other materials, strong connections with parents and families—these are aspects of quality preschool that we hear a lot ...
Imagine it. Plan it. Make it. That’s the basic formula for the popular after-school and summer classes offered by Leonardo’s Basement, a Minneapolis, Minn. program ...
While parents worry about potential dangers to their children lurking in our web-surfing, IM-ing, text-messaging culture, their efforts to help can be hampered by ...
We've all heard the pundits and politicians give their reviews of President Bush's State of the Union Speech delivered on January 31. Children's Press Line editor ...
The national spotlight is shining on Detroit, as Superbowl XL roars into town. But after the glitz and glitter are gone, nearly half of the children in this ...
January 16, 2006 A Teen Mom Reaches High
Produced by: Connect for Kids (now SparkAction)
Caitlin Crane of Portland, Oregon has put homelessness and addiction behind her, and is reaching for a bright future with her young son. With help from a non-profit ...
December 12, 2005 Youth Media's Eye on Iraq
Are military recruiters really telling it like it is? What are the economic and social forces that might drive a not-very-patriotic teen to sign up for military ...
December 5, 2005 Mix It Up
Nations may squabble about the precise locations of their borders, but in a secondary-school cafeteria everyone knows where the lines are drawn: the jocks here, the ...
Produced by: Connect for Kids (now SparkAction)
Powerful emotions like anger can become a major roadblock to learning. Art therapy is one approach to helping kids manage those feelings and be successful. Letitia ...