Responding to Tragic Events and Natural Disasters

"How to Talk to Kids About Scary News" by Michele Borba, Ed.D. Parenting advice on how to talk to kids about troubling news and reduce their fears and jitters about world events.

"Terrorism and Children: Tough Conversations That Matter" by Marilyn Price-Mitchell, Ph.D. Parenting advice on how to talk to help children express feelings, provide comfort and engage in dialogue that helps kids feel safer.

Visit the American School Counselor Association for a comprehensive list of crisis response resources for educators and a Parents' Guide for Talking to Their Children about the Orlando shootings.  

Visit Fred Rogers on Responding to Tragic Events for ideas and hints on how to qualm your childrens' fears after a tragedy.

"How to Help Kids Feel Safe After Tragedy" by Grace Hwang Lynch provides tips to help kids feel safe after a tragedy.


Reality Check 

"Nurturing an Attitude of Gratitude in Kidsby Michele Borba Ed.D. provides simple ways to boost gratitude in kids and learn to count their blessings 365 days a year!



"Engage Your Kids in the Electionby Michael J. Berson, Ph.D., professor of Social Science Education at the University of South Florida, provides tips for teaching your children about politics and encouraging them to be civically engaged. Dr. Berson is also the father of generationOn Youth Advisory Council Member, Marc BersonGet your kids involved in the election through our Up the Volume on Voting project.


Articles from Around the Web

Huffington Post 

"Bears, Harry Potter, and the Kindness of Americans" by Michelle Nunn, CEO of Points of Light and author of Be the Change, provides encouraging civic engagement by driving across the country.


Psychology Today

"Are We Raising Good Citizensby Marilyn Price-Mitchell, Ph.D. Democracy demands a responsible, organized, and innovative citizenry.

"How to Change a Teenager's Lifeby Marilyn Price-Mitchell, Ph.D. The top five qualities of role models described by students.


Roots of Action 

"Teachers Change Lives through Mentoring & Service-Learningby Marilyn Price-Mitchell, Ph.D ***With a shout-out to generationOn Youth Advisory Council member, Jake Bernstein***

"How to Instill Compassion in Childrenby Marilyn Price-Mitchell, Ph.D. How do children learn to feel connected to their communities and know they can make a difference in the world?


Good Education

"In College Admissions, Student Volunteers Have a Competitive EdgeWhich do college admission agents prefer an applicant have on her record: one month helping orphans in Somalia or four years volunteering at a local community shelter? The answer may surprise you.


Pop City

"New chance for nonprofits to connect with fresh volunteers, thanks to Pittsburg Cares fairby Marty LevineHow to overcome the age barrier--teens make great volunteers!


The Chicago Cares Blog

"Why you should love teens as much as I doby Youth in Service Manager, Joyce Cruz. Find out why this Chicago Cares staff member is committed to working with teens.