Posts Tagged ‘youth’

Fresh Air Fund Needs Host Families For Low Income Children on East Coast

August 12th, 2010

Hi All!


The Summer of 2010 is almost over, but The Fresh Air Fund still needs loving host families. They are looking for families in the following areas to host THIS summer: Red Hook, Columbia County, Saugerties, Delmar, Guilderland & Altamont, Latham and Rensselaer, NY.  If you or someone you know is able to host, please sign up now.

About The Fresh Air Fund:
THE FRESH AIR FUND, an independent, not-for-profit agency, has provided free summer vacations to more than 1.7 million New York City children from low-income communities since 1877. Nearly 10,000 New York City children enjoy free Fresh Air Fund programs annually.

In 2009, The Fresh Air Fund‘s Volunteer Host Family program, called Friendly Town, gave close to 5,000 New York City boys and girls, ages six to 18, free summer experiences in the country and the suburbs. Volunteer host families shared their friendship and homes up to two weeks or more in 13 Northeastern states from Virginia to Maine and Canada.

The Fresh Air Fund relies on donations to provide memorable summers to NYC children.

The Fresh Air Fund still needs hosts for the summer of 2010. Thanks to host families who open up their homes for a few weeks each summer, children growing up in New York City’s toughest neighborhoods have experienced the joys of Fresh Air experiences.

Fresh Air Children:

“We made s’mores and hot dogs over the fire. I’ve never cooked outside before!”

New Study Reveals Young People in America Are Very Stressed Out

November 10th, 2009

Hi All,

This is not good. I remember when life was a bit more carefree for young people…but this new research study conducted by the American Psychological Association shows that times have sure changed since I was in junior high and high school. Sure, we/I had stress back then, but not to the levels young people have today.

About the survey, “Stress in America”: The 2009 Stress in America Survey was conducted online within the US by Harris Interactive on behalf of the APA, from July 21 – August 4, 2009 among 1,568 adults ages 18+.  This report also includes the results of a YouthQuery survey conducted between August 19 and 27, 2009 among 1,206 young people aged 8-17 years old. Results were weighted as needed for age, sex, race/ethnicity, education, region, and household income. Reports for specific metropolitan areas also are available.

Here’s an excerpt:

Young people in America are more stressed out about school pressure and family finances than their parents think, according to a national “Stress in America” survey from by the American Psychological Association (APA).

The study, which built upon past research that found stress to be a top health concern for US youth in grades 9-12, found that teens and tweens are more likely than parents to say that their stress had increased in the last year:

  • Nearly half (45%) of teens ages 13-17 say that they worried more this year, but only 28% of parents think their teen’s stress increased.
  • One-fourth (26%) of tweens ages 8-12 say they worried more this year, but only 17% of parents believed their tween’s stress had increased.

Similarly, only 2-5% of parents rate their child’s stress as extreme (an 8, 9 or 10 on a 10-point scale) when 14% of tweens and 28% of teens say they worry a lot or a great deal.

Parents’ responses about sources of stress for their children are also out of sync with what children reported as sources of worry, the study found. Children are more likely to say they worried about their family’s financial difficulties than parents were to say this was a source of stress for their children (30% vs. 18% of parents).

The study reveals a lot more interesting statistics, so click here to access the entire report!

Bye for now,



How Millennial Moms Are Different from Older Generations

November 03rd, 2009

Hi All,

Clearly I have been swamped! My blogging time has suffered, but there’s only so many hours in a day…

I came across this article a week ago but just now getting around to telling YOU about it. See? I am behind. I spoke at the big SEMA event in Vegas yesterday, and then head to Philly on Thursday to speak at the Annual SOPHE Conference. Lots happening!! Oh, and my new book, Millennials Into Leadership, is coming out in 2 weeks. I need to clone me right now.

Here’s the scoop: So much time is spent on discussing Millennials (aka Gen Y) as kids and/or young 20-somethings, but the eldest are now in their late-20’s and are “adults”. Even to this day when I conduct seminars about generations at work, Millennials in the workforce, etc. people have a hard time grasping the concept that millions of Millennials are close to 30 years old. “Older” people seem to think the eldest are still only 22, just graduating college or entering their first jobs.

Well, here’s the reality: We’ve got tons of Millennials out there becoming parents, and they are over 25 years old. The “Millennial Mom” movement is in full affect! And, no, I’m not referring to teen pregnancy. I’m referring to adult young woman having kids at around the same age their parents, or yours, probably did.

Back to the article I wanted to share…Brandon Evans, Managing Partner, Chief Strategy Officer for N.Y.-based social marketing agency Mr Youth. wrote an interesting blog post entitled “Millennial Mom 101”, outlining the 4 ways Millennial Moms mirror college students. I’ll give you an excerpt, but be sure to click here to read the whole thing.

And, if you’re interested in receiving a free White Paper with more stats and info about Millennials entering Mommyhood, visit to download it!

Here are 2 of the ways Millennial Moms mirror college students that Brandon discusses…click here to read all 4!

Moms and college students have long been critical targets for brands, moms for their hefty control of household spending and college students for the important transitional life stage they are in, which shapes their brand preferences for years to come.

Most Millennials, born between 1977 and 1996, are well within their baby-rearing years. These new parents have been raised on the Internet, email, SMS and IM and quickly adopted social networking in their teens or early 20s. What may have seemed like two polar opposites a decade ago now bear considerable resemblance as a result of changes in communications spawned by technology.

4 Ways Millennial Moms Mirror College Students

I. They’re Multi-Tech Multi-Taskers

Family Management 2.0: As do college kids, Moms view technology as a way to integrate all areas of their lives. According to BSM Media, moms’ primary objective in using technology is for scheduling and to stay in touch with their busy families. In fact, 65% of moms use five or more separate technologies each day, including video, blogs and wireless devices to multi-task.

Unlikely Tech Trendsetters: In a recent study of over 1,000 people that included 300 moms and 300 college students, conducted through Mr Youth’s RepNation word-of-mouth influencer network, a nearly identical percentage of moms (49%) and college students (48%) agreed with the statement, “I am enthusiastic about learning about the latest products and technologies.”

II. They Build Communities To Ease Transition

It Takes a Virtual Village: As moms seek advice and reassurance, many turn to online support systems to help them raise their children. Millennial Moms use this digital community to reinforce their parenting ideas or seek out new ones that fit instead of looking for “expert” books and advice that promote a singular way of thinking.

Community Leaders: While online communities first targeted the youth market, moms could be the ideal users. A recent study by the Retail Advertising and Marketing Association found that moms are 10% more likely to be on Facebook, nearly 10% more likely to be on MySpace and more likely to be on Twitter than the general adult population.

Social Networkers Anonymous: Communicating online has become an integral part of moms’ daily lives. While addiction may be a strong word, the Mr Youth/RepNation study found that half visit social networking sites “many times a day.” Moms’ usage patterns are a major driving force for why women’s online communities are among the fastest-growing Internet categories.

Be sure to read the complete article, and download the free White Paper, here!

Bye for now…

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