Teen Think Tank: Back to School

After a summer of sleeping in or doing things on your time, the alarm clock announcing that first day of school can be a rude awakening. Whether you’re an anxious new freshman or a confident senior, heading back to school signals a time of transition: new classes, new teachers, new schedules, and a new social scene. Dread it or love it, school is a necessity. Check out this great read and some resources below to help make the transition from summer to school a little easier.

#READ: Heartstopper Volume 1 by Alice Oseman

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Shy and softhearted Charlie Spring sits next to rugby player Nick Nelson in class one morning. A warm intimate friendship follows, and soon may develop into something more? But Nick and Charlie struggle with their feelings as the two grow closer. They take on the ups and downs of high school, as they come to understand the surprising ways in which love works.

#LISTEN: AdultISH Podcast

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Adult ISH is a culture, advice, and storytelling podcast produced entirely by youth who are almost adults. Meet the Hosts: Angela “Merk” Nguyen, 24, is a Los Angeles-based podcast producer who is a self-described “cisgender sis with a knack for puns and alliterations.” She can hold a conversation in Vietnamese for 7 minutes (max) and aspires to be the next SpongeBob (no really, ask about her voice acting dreams). Nygel Turner, 25, is an Oakland, California-based creator of Not Your Father’s Podcast and YouTube series Not Your Mama’s Kitchen. Nygel is the only person in Oakland who has never lost an argument. He will never own the red Jeep of his fantasies.

#EXPLORE: Linked In Learning – Learning Study Skills with Paul Nowak

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Whether you want to ace your next test or simply retain information better, good study habits are essential. Paul Nowak offers tips for improving your reading speed and comprehension, creating detailed notes, committing the learning to memory, and even taking tests. The information in this course is appropriate for all levels of learners, from grade school and grad students to full-time members of the workforce. Start watching now—you'll never approach studying the same way again.

#JOIN: Attend a program virtually or in person!

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For virtual programs, registration is required to receive the Zoom link; use the link in the program information to register.

For in person programs, registration is required; if space allows, walk-ins will be admitted. Use the link in the program information to register.

#KEEP READING: Check these out – fiction to help you embrace the high school drama, find your tribe, deal with crushes, and be true to yourself!


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