Good reads for raising civic-minded kids.

Responding to Tragic Events and Natural Disasters

"How to Talk to Kids About Scary News"

Parenting advice on how to talk to kids about troubling news and reduce their fears and jitters about world events.

by Michele Borba Ed.D.


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


Fred Rogers on Responding to Tragic Events

"Terrorism and Children: Tough Conversations That Matter"

Parenting advice on how to talk to help children express feelings, provide comfort, and engage in dialogue that helps kids feel safer.

by Marilyn Price-Mitchell, PhD


"How to Help Kids Feel Safe After Tragedy"

Tips to help kids feel safe after a tragedy.

by Grace Hwang Lynch


Reality Check

"Nurturing an Attitude of Gratitude in Kids"

Simple ways to boost gratitude in kids and learn to count their blessings 365 days a year!

by Michele Borba Ed.D.






"Engage Your Kids in the Election"

Tips for teaching your children about politics and encouraging them to be civically engaged

by Michael J. Berson, Ph.D., professor of Social Science Education at the University of South Florida 

Dr. Berson is also the father of generationOn Youth Advisory Council Member, Marc Berson.

Get your kids involved in the election through our Up the Volume on Voting project.


Huffington Post


"Bears, Harry Potter, and the Kindness of Americans"

Encouraging civic engagement by driving across the country

by Michelle Nunn, CEO of Points of Light and author of Be the Change



Psychology Today

"Are We Raising Good Citizens

Democracy demands a responsible, organized, and innovative citizenry

by Marilyn Price-Mitchell, Ph.D.

"How to Change a Teenager's Life"

The top five qualities of role models described by students

by Marilyn Price-Mitchell, Ph.D.


Roots of Action 

"Teachers Change Lives through Mentoring & Service-Learning"

***With a shout-out to generationOn Youth Advisory Council member, Jake Bernstein***

by Marilyn Price-Mitchell, Ph.D

"How to Instill Compassion in Children"

How do children learn to feel connected to their communities and know they can make a difference in the world?

by Marilyn Price-Mitchell, Ph.D.


HandsOn Blog

"8 More Ideas for Volunteering With Your Kids"

by HandsOn Network

"Volunteer, It Is What All the Cool Kids Are Doing"

by HandsOn Network


Good Education

"In College Admissions, Student Volunteers Have a Competitive Edge"

Which 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 fair"

by Marty Levine 

How to overcome the age barrier--teens make great volunteers!


Doing Good Together

"10 Reasons Why Family Service Matters"

More reasons to get your family together and volunteer!



The Chicago Cares Blog



"Why you should love teens as much as I do"

by Youth in Service Manager, Joyce Cruz

Find out why this Chicago Cares staff member is committed to working with teens.