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Wengie & Yoobi joined by Brynn Rumfallo, Skylar Stecker, GEM Sisters to give kids school supplies

Australia’s #1 Youtuber Wengie teamed up with Yoobi and other famous youtubers and social media stars Brynn Rumfallo from Dance Moms and America’s Got Talent, singer-songwriter Skylar Stecker, Youtubers Cassie Diamond and Alexa Mae, Youtubers the GEM Sisters, and Khloe from Khloe Kares to hand out over 400 boxes of school supplies to kids in need at McKinley Elementary in Compton, CA. Also features interview with Yoobi CEO Ido Leffler.

“Over 460 elementary school students received free Yoobi school supplies at a back-to-school donation event with YouTube star Wengie. Yoobi Co-Founder and CEO Ido Leffler, and Chief Giving Officer Justin Wolff co-hosted the event with Wengie engaging the students in a Yoobi Dance Party, revealing a brand-new mural on the school’s playground, and awarding one special student with the “Yoobi Changemaker Award” for outstanding achievement as a young leader who is positively impacting their community. Wengie was joined by fellow YouTube stars Cassie Diamond and Alexa Mae, pop singer-songwriter Skylar Stecker, reality star Brynn Rumfallo and LA DJ Kevin Writer in visiting classrooms to deliver Yoobi school supplies, engage one-on-one with the students and raise awareness of the need for school supplies across the U.S. with their social followers.”

As you can see in the video, Wengie was absolutely mobbed by the kids who enjoyed a nice dance party and hanging out with some of their favorite social media stars. After the party, we followed Wengie and Yoobi CEO Ido Leffler as they gave away school supplies to a kindergarten class and spent some quality time with the kids at McKinley Elementary in Compton, California.

What do you think Brynn’s must-have school supply is (you’ll be surprised!)? What about the GEM sisters? Click on the vid to find out!

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Captain Marvel 2019 Trailer – Most Powerful Superhero in the MCU?

The new trailer for Captain Marvel starring Brie Larson just dropped, and it looks amazing. Is Captain Marvel the most powerful superhero in the Marvel Comics Universe? Well, we will have to see her in action when the movie opens next year, but for now, she looks like quite the beast!

The film is slated to open March 8th, 2019. Here is the official synopsis:

Set in the 1990s, Marvel Studios’ Captain Marvel is an all-new adventure from a previously unseen period in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe that follows the journey of Carol Danvers as she becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes. While a galactic war between two alien races reaches Earth, Danvers finds herself and a small cadre of allies at the center of the maelstrom.

Some of Captain Marvel’s reputed powers include:

  • superhuman strength
  • flies at six times the speed of sound, and even at light speed under certain conditions
  • discharges explosive energy blasts from her fingers…up to the strength of a nuclear weapon
  • sixth sense
  • controls stellar energies

Cannot wait to see her powers in action!


Things a teen can do outside and not on the phone

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Teens are kinda addicted to their phones. Teens spend more time streaming videos online, playing video games, and interacting on social media combined than any other activities. Unfortunately, this means that teens rarely spend time outside, but finding things a teen can do outside and not on the phone is going to improve your health.

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When you stay inside all the time, you miss out on the physical and spiritual benefits that sunshine, fresh air, and exercise can give you. Getting too much sun can be bad for you, but not getting enough sun can be worse. The sun can help elevate your mood and regulate your circadian clock, which i turn helps you sleep better. To reap these benefits, try to do things a teen can do outside and not on the phone. Here are a few ways every teen can get outside more often:

Involve your friends

Get a group of friends together for stuff you can do outside. Teens are kind of in between still being a kid and being young adults, so you can get away with being goofy and running around. Examples of things you can do include:

  • Volleyball (could be informal, just hit the ball in the air if you don’t have a net)
  • Hiking
  • Walking around the city and talking
  • Manhunt (you need a larger group)
  • Bocce ball
  • Miniature golf
  • Frisbee
  • Kick a ball around, or a hacky-sack
  • Hunt geocaches
  • Urban exploration (don’t trespass, but you can find really cool locations)

Active Sports and Activities

Take the initiative to participate in sports such as swimming or tennis if you are an active person. See if you can get involved in a baseball or softball league. You can also take a weekend hiking, fishing, or camping trip.

If you aren’t interested in participating in sports, you can always spend time outside watching others play. Attend football, baseball or soccer games. Going to a beach or a lake to enjoy the beauty of the water is always a good alternative option.

People watch

Outside of playing games and sports to spend time outside, there are alternative options that you can choose. Walk around the park and just watch people. Don’t be creepy and stare, but just look them over and try to find something you like about them. This will help you come out of your shell a little bit, especially if you are mad at someone or very shy. Your mood will get better. And you never know where you might make a new friend!

Walk or bike everyhere

Making it a point to walk or bike everywhere is another way to get outdoors without having to play a sport or game. Get in the habit of walking or biking to school if you live in a safe enough area. If you are old enough to drive, don’t waste time hunting for a close parking spot at the mall, but park far and enjoy the extra exercise.

Safety comes first

No matter what outdoor activity you try, make sure you don’t take stupid risks or break the law. These are not worth it. Stay alert to your surroundings. Don’t walk or jog with earphones in your ears. This can drown out what’s going on around you.

Be sure to look out for cars that may back up out of driveways or that run red lights whenever you go outdoors. Be careful not to walk or bike after dark. Most pedestrian accidents that result in injury happen at night. It is also dangerous to cross the street anywhere other than the crosswalk of an intersection.

Once you enjoy things a teen can do outside and not on the phone more often, you may start to wonder whether you even need video games or spending so much time obsessing about your Snapchat streaks. Be cautious, be safe, and have fun.

GLORIA BARRON PRIZE FOR YOUNG HEROES NAMES 2018 WINNERS

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Boulder, COSeptember 17, 2018 – The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes, an award that celebrates inspiring, public-spirited young people from across the U.S. and Canada, announces its 2018 winners. Established in 2001 by author T. A. Barron, the Barron Prize annually honors 25 outstanding young leaders ages 8 to 18 who have made a significant positive difference to people and the environment. Fifteen top winners each receive $10,000 to support their service work or higher education.

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“Nothing is more uplifting than stories about heroic people who have truly made a difference to the world,” says T. A. Barron. “The goal of the Barron Prize is to shine the spotlight on these amazing young people so that their example will encourage others to take action.”

This year’s winning achievements address a wide range of important issues, including water conservation, disease prevention, protecting national parks, saving endangered wildlife, providing food for those in need, helping people with disabilities, and more.

The 2018 Gloria Barron Prize winners are:

Alex Mancevski, age 17, of Texas, who founded Health Through Science, a non-profit working to eradicate preventable diseases — especially pediatric Type 2 Diabetes and obesity — by matching high school-age science coaches with underserved elementary students.

Armando Pizano, age 18, of Illinois, who created the Bridge Tutoring Program to pair young students in under-resourced urban communities with high-achieving high school-age mentors who offer free, weekly, after-school tutoring.

Bria Neff, age 11, of South Dakota, who founded Faces of the Endangered to protect endangered species through the sale of her artwork. She has sold more than 250 paintings of endangered animals and donated over $33,000 to animal conservation groups.

Claire Wayner and Mercedes Thompson, age 17, of Maryland, who co-founded Baltimore Beyond Plastic­ to reduce trash and plastic pollution in their city on the Chesapeake Bay. Their non-profit of more than 500 students has convinced the Baltimore City Council to pass a citywide ban on Styrofoam food containers.                                                 

Claire Vlases, age 15, of Montana, who created the Solar Makes Sense initiative and raised the $118,000 needed to install solar panels on her middle school. She has sparked a movement in her school district and community, inspiring a new commitment to green building.

Genevieve Leroux, age 12, of Quebec, who created Milkweed for Monarchs to help protect migratory monarch butterflies. She raises and plants native milkweed – monarchs’ sole food source during their caterpillar phase – and has logged more than 500 hours conducting research on the butterflies.

Harry and Heath Bennett, ages 13 and 9, of Massachusetts, who co-founded Bennett Brothers Balm after learning of their young friend’s cancer diagnosis. The brothers have raised more than $12,000 to support pediatric cancer research through sales of their hand-made line of lip and body balms.

Isaiah Granet , age 18, of California, who founded the San Diego Chill, a non-profit that pairs children with developmental disabilities with high school-age mentors who teach the younger kids how to skate and play ice hockey.

Kenzie Hinson, age 13, of North Carolina, who founded the non-profit Make a Difference Food Pantry to provide nutritious food in a compassionate setting for those in need. She has distributed more than 600,000 pounds of food to over 400,000 people.                                                             

Marcus Deans, age 16, of Ontario, who has invented the NOGOS water filter for use in developing countries. His filter costs just two dollars to manufacture and is made from three
readily-available materials: sugar, sand, and seashells.

Robbie Bond, age 10, of Hawaii, who created Kids Speak for Parks, a non-profit that is building an army of activists, including fourth-grade students (who can visit our national parks free of charge), who will speak up to protect our national parks and monuments.

Robby and Emma Eimers, ages 16, and 12, of Michigan, who founded the non-profit Eimers Foundation to help people in need. They have raised more than $80,000 to fund their weekly Sharings for the homeless, distributing food, blankets, and other necessities.

Shelby O’Neil, age 17, of California, who founded her non-profit Jr Ocean Guardians to educate young children about ways they can protect our oceans and planet. She also created the #NoStrawNovember movement and is working on legislation to eliminate plastic straws in California.

Shreya Ramachandran, age 14, of California, who founded the non-profit Grey Water Project to promote the safe reuse of grey water, along with water conservation, as a way to address drought. Her outreach includes curriculum for elementary students and a partnership with the United Nations’ Global Wastewater Initiative.                   

Tabitha Bell, age 18, of Utah, who founded Pawsitive Pawsibilities, a non-profit that has raised more than $130,000 to place nine service dogs free of charge with people challenged by physical disabilities.

Since its inception, the Gloria Barron Prize has honored nearly 450 young heroes and has won the support of Girl Scouts of the USA, Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots, and the National Youth Leadership Council, among other organizations.  The Gloria Barron Prize welcomes applications from young people residing in the U.S. and Canada.  The online application system for 2019 opens January 7th and the deadline for entries is April 15th.   For more information, please visit www.barronprize.org.

In addition, T. A. Barron is running a year-long #SparkGoodness social media campaign to recognize everyday acts of goodness. Through October, anyone sharing their good deeds and acts of positivity at www.sparkgoodness.com is eligible to win one of several monthly prizes. At the end of 2018, a Grand Prize winner will be selected from all the winning entries throughout the year.

Is CBD Oil Safe? Should Teens and Young Adults be Taking These Types of Substances?

CBD oil is the health craze of the moment, and interest in this product shows no signs of slowing down; but what exactly is it? Is CBD oil safe to consume? And is it something that teenagers and young people should be trying either with or without adult supervision?

is cbd oil safe for teens

What is CBD oil?

CBD stands for cannabidol, and it is one of the 100+ chemicals which are found in a cannabis plant. THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) is the cannabinoid which makes you high, but CBD doesn’t have that effect; making it an attractive option for people who want the medical benefits of weed without the psychoactive side effects. CBD oil is produced by taking the CBD from the plant and mixing it with an oil like hemp seed or coconut.

How does CBD oil help people?

Although there is not much documented scientific research on the benefits of using CBD oil, many people claim it relieves pain, reduces anxiety, helps clear up acne, helps aid sleep, and can even help better manage epilepsy. CBD oil can be added to moisturiser and applied to the skin, inhaled using a vape device, or taken directly through drops or a mouth spray, making it simple and convenient to use. There are many brands that sell CBD Oil online such as sensei cbd oil.

Is CBD oil safe?

This is a strongly debated question. There haven’t been as many scientific research studies on CBD oil as on other medical products, and some scientists are worried that the long term effects are likely to be harmful. However, there are enough positive reports of smaller research products to suggest that, in general, CBD oil without too much THC is able to help people with a variety of health conditions.

The legality of CBD in the United States differs from state to state. In the UK, CBD oil is not illegal f used for medical purposes. Regardless of legalties, caustion should be used, because like any medicine CBD oil can have unpleasant side effects, including nausea, dizziness, raised anxiety, depression, dry mouth, vomiting, upset stomach, and appetite changes.

It can also have a bad reaction to certain medicines you may be already taking, so to be safe it is always best to talk to a medical professional before using CBD oil.

Another worry is that without strict regulations in place anyone is free to make and sell what they claim to be CBD oil, but could actually be anything at all.

Is CBD oil safe and something young people should be using?

Medically supervised CBD oil treatments have proven extremely effective in treating conditions such as autism and severe epilepsy amongst American young people, perhaps because the doctors involved are able to deliver the best CBD-THC ratio. Many believe CBD alone is not effective, but a ratio of 19:1 is generally fine, and produces the desired results without a child or young person getting high.

There is no evidence that CBD oil is an attractive recreational product.When used for medical reasons –while keeping an eye out for typical side effects — there’s no suggestion it is unsafe for users of any age as long as used under the advice and supervision of a licensed medical professional.

My Hero Academia: Two Heroes Review and Red Carpet Premiere Interviews

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My Hero Academia: Two Heroes is a great movie! Scroll down to watch red carpet interviews from the Hollywood premiere with Dj Slushii, King Vader, Bryan Forrest, Tim Neff, Steven D’Onofrio, Cassandra Morris.

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Synopsis & Quick Review of My Hero Academia: Two Heroes

“Deku and All Might receive an invitation to I-Expo, The World’s Leading Exhibition of Quirk Abilities and Hero Item Innovations. Amid the excitement, Deku meets a girl who is Quirkless, just like he once was. Suddenly, I-Expo’s Top-Of-The-Line Security System gets hacked by villains and a sinister plan is set in motion. It’s a serious threat to Hero Society and one man holds the key to it all.”

My Hero Academia: Two Heroes is action packed and full of your favorite My Hero Academia characters including All Might, Izuku Midoriya, Katsuki Bakugō, Shōto Todoroki, Ochako Uraraka and more. The film opens with the student heros coming together for the I-Expo, where Deku meets All Might’s “niece,” Melissa Shield, son of All Might’s best friend David Shield. Turns out she is also quirkless, like Izuku “Deku” Midoriya, but carries on in her dad’s footsteps as an inventor.

She gifts Deku with a glove which allows him to exercise more of his quirk (superpower) without hurting his body. In other words, he doesn’t have to hold back any more. When the entire island is held hostgae by an eveil gang, and All Might is helpless to defend them, the young heros must take matters into their own hands to fight an evil beyond any hero has faced before.

Without spoiling any more (told you this was a quick review), let’s just say that everybody gets a piece of the action and the new glove comes in quite handy.

My Hero Academia: Two Heroes Release date: September 25, 2018 (USA)
Director: Kenji Nagasaki
Distributed by: Toho Co., Ltd.
Screenplay: Yōsuke Kuroda
Music composed by: Yûki Hayashi
Story by: Kohei Horikoshi
Production company: Bones

 

My Hero Academia: Two Heroes Trailer

Asher Angel & Maddie Poppe to perform at T.J. Martell Foundation LA Family Day

Asher Angel from Disney Channel’s Andi Mack & ABC’s American Idol Season 16 winner Maddie Poppe are set to perform at T.J. Martell Foundation Los Angeles Family Day to be held at The Grove for the third consecutive year on Saturday, October 6, 2018, from 12p.m. – 4p.m. PT.

In addition to Asher Angel and Maddie Poppe, other top music artists will also perform. Families will enjoy delicious food, a live auction, live musical performances, games, prizes and other activities while raising funds for cancer research. Tickets and sponsorship packages are available now and can be purchased at www.lafamilyday.org.

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Every year, the T.J. Martell Foundation honors outstanding members of the music and medical communities who dedicate their time and efforts in support of cancer research. This year, the LA Family Day honorees include:

  • Dr. Alan Wayne, Director of the Children’s Center For Cancer & Blood Diseases, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.
  • Erika Ender, composer, singer, actress, philanthropist and Latin GRAMMY 2018 Song of the Year winner for “Despacito”
  • Jack Sussman, Executive Vice President, Specials, Music and Live Events, CBS Entertainment
  • Steven Vincent, Vice President of Music & Soundtracks for The Disney Channel Worldwide

You can see highlights of LA Family Day event from the last time we were invited to cover it here:

Prior to Family Day, the foundation will host its Spirit of Excellence Awards Dinner on Tuesday, October 2 at the Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel. The fundraising event will include an elegant dinner, silent and live auctions, and live musical performances. CITI® cardmembers have exclusive access to purchase tickets for LA Family Day and Spirit of Excellence Dinner. For complete details on presale and preferred tickets for CITI cardmembers, visit http://citiprivatepass.com.

For more information on the T.J. Martell Foundation, LA Family Day featuring Asher Angel & Maddie Poppe and the Spirit of Excellence Dinner visit http://tjmartell.org.

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Youth on Course “100 Hole Hike” makes budget golf available for young people

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Youth on Course — the non-profit providing young people with subsidized budget golf rounds, college scholarships, caddie programs and paid internships – has organized challengers from six states and the District of Columbia to participate in its 3rd Annual “100 Hole Hike” to raise funds for its nationwide program.

On Monday Sept. 10, supporters from Georgia, Missouri, Minnesota, California, Pennsylvania, Utah and Washington, D.C. will aim to complete more than five rounds of golf in one day, securing donations for every completed hole. Contributions in 2018 have already doubled last year’s total, eclipsing $200,000 two weeks before the event.

“With each dollar raised, Youth on Course continues to help remove the cost barrier for young people to play golf,” says Youth on Course Executive Director Adam Heieck. “The outpouring of support means providing further access to opportunities for junior players.”

Born in Northern California, Youth on Course helps fund budget golf rounds for members to increase affordability and accessibility to the game. The organization has grown its presence to 26 states and reaches more than 40,000 kids ages 6-17 who can play at partner facilities for just $5.

Fundraising for the 2017 Hundred Hole Hike resulted in Youth on Course securing $91,506 to support its goal of providing affordable golf for all members. To support the “hikers” and Youth on Course, backers can pledge any amount per hole to any participant.

Follow Youth on Course via Twitter and Instagram (@yocgolf) using the hashtag #YOCH3 for the latest information about the event and real-time updates.

In addition to subsidized rounds, the organization also facilitates college scholarships, paid internships and a caddie program. Since the inception of the scholarship program in 2008, Youth on Course has awarded 222 students with scholarships totaling more than $1.4 million in financial support. The current Youth on Course scholarship retention rate is ninety-eight percent, with 53 students already graduated.

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Top 10 Biggest Myths about High School

High School Myths!

Looking back at my high school years, I am filled with bittersweet agony. I, like so many millions, looked forward to entering high school and did so with the best of intentions. However, I made a few missteps — a lot of which were a result of pressure built on by the numerous high school myths which filled my head from movies, T.V. and books which made high school look like some sort of a wild jungle party.

In the following, I will be debunking a few of them for every teen out there who is about to enter high school.

top 10 high school myths1. Only the popular kids have fun

No high school is anything like what we were shown in the movie Mean Girls! There is no elite group which runs the whole school. Yes, there will be certainly people who are more outgoing than others and have a wider circle of friends, but the truth is that most high schools are so big that people don’t really care about how popular you are. And there are not going to be crazy parties every weekend being thrown by this popular clique, with being invited to the party as some sort of acceptance criteria.

The idea is to find your group of friends or like-minded people and have the best time possible while focusing on learning as much as you can (and proving it with good grades). Most parties or hangouts are among close group of friends and are low key. The supreme power of the popular clique is a totally fake high school myth, unless your high school has like 30 kids in it total. 

Do not enter high school with a mindset that you need to be part of any clique to survive that place. You just have to be yourself for the right kind of friends to like you just the way you are.

top 10 high school myths22. I’d better hide on Freshman Friday

I remember walking scared all day long on the first Friday of my high school year. All you freshmen out there, you may breathe a sigh of relief there is hardly such thing as a Freshman Friday any more! Especially since these days, bullying is on everyone’s radar and hazing is hardly acceptable any more.

It took me a whole day of holding my breath to realize everyone’s just too busy and don’t really care enough about the freshman to torture them. Some seniors might make you feel that they are superior to you in some ways, which they really aren’t except for their knowledge about the building. There might be some ragging or some people might pull a few pranks but people rarely get physical, unless you somehow end up involved with the wrong kind of kids — in which case get an adult involved if you do not feel safe or are bullied harshly.

Many high schools offer freshmen some sort of mentoring program to jump start their high school experience, so make sure you check out what your school has to offer before the school year starts.

top 10 high school myths33. Everyone drives a wicked cool car in high school

This is one of those high school myths which comes from just about every teen movie ever made. the trith is, not everyone comes to school in their own personal Benz or Mustang GT — most of the cars in the parking lot probably belong to the teachers or the staff.

Unless your parents got bucks, the usual way you get your first car is that you finish school, get a job and then get your own car, even if its a jalopy. Do not expect your parents to buy you a car automatically when you turn 16, and do not enter high school thinking you need a ride to impress people.

If you want to impress people, impress them with your talents and your personality.

top 10 high school myths44. Appearance is the key to acceptance

Yes, it is true that we become more aware of our sense of style and fashion in the high school years, but it certainly doesn’t mean you have to be on some sort of a bandwagon — even though Instagram tends to show otherwise!

It helps to look presentable and take care of your grooming, because that is just polite and also makes you feel good, but your style or the label on your clothing is not the key to your social life. Within a couple of weeks after school starts everyone gets so busy with exams, projects and other stuff that people hardly pay attention to what other people are wearing.

So no need to fret over what to wear every morning, just follow what is your true style or whatever you are in the mood for.

top 10 high school myths55. These are the best years of my life

A lot of teens enter high school thinking these are supposed to be the best years of their lives and they should live it up as much as they can before its all over. Boy, can this high school myth wreck your attitude when things don’t quite go that way.

Also, just because everyone seems to be dating, doesn’t mean you have to be in any hurry…because the best years are still to come. Your thirties and forties will be way better than this, believe me.

These are the years to make mistakes and not take things too seriously. I was so nervous about “being trapped” that I ended up being in an open relationship. I thought with this “no strings attached” kind of thing going I would be happy and free, but the truth is I ended up being miserable and multiple commitments even effected my grades. It was immoral, and I knew it, and regretted it.

High school can be a different sort of an experience for everyone. You shouldn’t enter high school with too many preconceived ideas. It is the best time to explore yourself, and what options you have for the future. Your college admission also depends on what you do in this time, so sacrifice a little here by hitting the books and it should pay off in the best years of your life later.

top 10 high school myths76. The only thing that matters is my grades

Another of the high school myths which should be debunked here is that teens often think “I don’t need to participate in extra-curricular activities; I should just focus on my grades.” This statement is completely false.

Colleges and Universities always look for well-rounded applicants. Even if you are the smartest kid in your school academically, colleges will debate whether they should accept you or not just because you did not participate in any extracurricular activities. Even without college plans, extracurricular activities teach you so much more than what books can. You get to learn patience, persistence and discipline, as well as develop artistically, athletically, and/or spiritually. These are desirable qualities and part of your life education, so do not focus only on your grades, but try something new to expand your horizons.

top 10 high school myths97. There is a gang of kids drinking, smoking and/or and doing drugs in every bathroom 

I was terrified of entering bathrooms when I first went to high school, because nearly every movie I have ever seen shows a bunch of tough looking kids in leather jackets that hang out in bathrooms all day ready to beat nerds up in between drags of their cigarette or swigs of beer — or smoking weed and being stupid.

While you may encounter a few kids here and there being naughty, this is rare. And definitely not like what you see in the movies. In fact, if teens are going to misbehave, they usually do it far away from teachers — meaning they wait until after school on their way home.

a88. I don’t have to worry about the SAT or ACT until Senior year

Many students believe since they need their standardized test results just before they need to apply for college of their choice; they should wait until the very end to even think about these tests. Actually the earlier you prepare for your ACT and/or SAT exams, the better off you will be. There are plenty of resources for taking practice tests, study guides, and more online which will help you prepare. It is better to take the SATs as early as possible, as it gives you more time to restudy and retake the test for better scores.

This comes from personal experience.

top 10 high school myths119. I must strive to shine like a lone star

Another very interesting myth that is sometimes manifested is that the lone star shines the brightest. In truth, teens need to learn the importance of teamwork and getting along with people.

When working together, sometimes team members become competitive and try to outshine each other or focus only on their part in the project. There has been a paradigm shift in the corporate culture over the past few years. Every company now looks for a team player and wants to see how well you will blend in. Therefore, it is very important to participate in all sorts of group activities. High school is one of the best times to get exposed to the concept and don’t become an anti-social jerk just because “nobody gets me.” What are YOU doing that is making you so hard to “get?”

So, whenever you are part of a group don’t just focus on yourself and sulk in a corner or try to dominate: see how you can contribute to the success of the whole team.

top 10 high school myths 1310. I must lose my virginity in high school

No you don’t. You also don’t need to do so in college either. The truth is, there are no 100 percent, across the boards rules about this. Instead, it kind of depends on your upbringing, your parent’s guidance, your cultural background, your religious beliefs, and even what part of the country you live in. Mots of all, it depends on your gut, and what makes your comfortable in accordance with the previous factors.

The point is…there is no rush.

So there you have it. High school is what you make of it, and hopefully you will get to know yourself much better. It is a phase where some of the lessons you learn will stay with you for life, so do not let these high school myths spoil your experience for you.

Going back to school? Products and back to school giveaway for a great semester!

It’s going back to school time, yippee! Some of you have been in school for weeks now, while others have started today. Don’t even play that you aren’t excited! Okay, maybe for some of you, not so much, but try to maintain a positive attitude, eh? After all, if you are not having a good time, in a few years you will be DONE, and won’t have to deal with going back to school any more!

One thing every body loves about back to school season is new cool products companies come out with to make your school days more bearable — and possibly even GREAT!

So let’s check out some of the offerings brands have sent us to check out and review for you. And, as with our past product roundups, we have an AMAZING going back to school giveaway package for one lucky winner courtesy of these businesses!

Note: some products feature affiliate links, meaning we will earn a small commission if purchased after clicking the link. 

RazorX Cruiser Electric Skateboard

You probably grew up with a Razor scooter. Did you know they also made skateboards?

Not only that, they make electric skateboards, like the Cruiser pictured above which is sure to make going back to school a lot more fun. It features a 125-watt geared motor, controlled by a hand-held remote, which ramps up to hit speeds up to 10 mph.

So you don’t end up flying off every time you start up the motor using your thumb on the remote, the board has a “soft-start kick activated technology,” to gradually increase the speed. Stopping is also controlled using the remote, and when the board runs out of juice, it simply becomes like any other skateboard which you propel manually. Recharging takes about 3 to 4 hours, typical for most devices these days.

The RaxorX Cruiser Electric Skateboard can support a rider up to 220 lbs, and is rated to last up to 40 minutes on a single charge. We found it’s good for going a couple of miles distance and close to 30 minutes ride time at higher speeds before it runs out of juice–less than the rated time but plenty for just having some fun around the neighborhood. This includes some hills, which drains the battery more though.

This board is obviously not made for heavy tricks…you will ruin the electronics if you try to ride a rail on it (plus probably fall). Compared to a Meebo, Yuneeq, or Boosted–this is definitely more of a toy board, but the price is right for having a little fun and getting from class to class (on campuses which allow skateboards).

To sum up…its a toy and fun for a while–but the battery could use some improvement. There’s a lot of complaints on Amazon regarding the battery not holding charge and the board quitting working entirely after a month or even less. If you can get it on sale, its worth it, but beware the issues. Maybe Razor will release better replacement batteries at some point to make it a more reliable product.

Peace Frogs Hippie-Inspired T-Shirts and Accessories

Peace Frogs is a socially- and environmentally-conscious apparel brand that’s been around for over 30 years with a long track record of giving back to the community through charitable causes. They make eco-friendly clothing, like T-shirts and hoodies, as well as a selction of jewelry, activewear, totes, playing cards and more.

Peace Frogs is hooking you up with a free hoodie! Well, if you win our going back to school giveaway that is. We have a women’s small to give away, check the pic way down below.

And in the meantime, if you love the outdoors and positive vibes, check out the line at www.peacefrogs.com

GIANTmicrobes Graduation Brain Cell Plush Toy

Need some motivation? Even though the year just started, keep your eye on the prize (graduation) with neurons from  GIANTmicrobes featuring an adorable cap and tassel.

Get one and put it in your locker or hang it from your bookbag to let everyone know you are a smart egg. Or are at least trying to be! : )

GIANTmicrobes makes both large plush dolls, plus smaller keychain models. We are giving a Graduation Brain Cell keychain away in our going back to school giveaway below!

Entrepreneur Twila True has launched RivalGlam, an online shopping portal and product ecosystem where the world’s top social influencers sell their unique beauty and fashion lines, from accessories and peripherals to makeup, skincare and beyond.

Some of the “glammers” who have already released products on the site include:

What’s cool about Rivalglam is that it not only lets you find what you need to polish your going back to school look, but that it helps social media influncers make some money by selling products through a centralized site.

Wengie x Yoobi Back to School Collection (Limited Edition)

Yoobi makes fun school supplies and they have recently released their first curated box collboration with YouTube star Wengie. If you haven’t heard of her, she does pranks, DIY videos, life hacks, and generally fun stuff for her 12 million followers (and counting). She is quite glittery and sparkly–just like the items she chose for her Yoobi box!

The Wengie x Yoobi Back to School Collection features five of her favorite Yoobi back to school items, including Rainbow & Glitter Washi Tape, a Unicorn Binder Zip Case, a Unicorn Pen, a Pink Glitter Liquid Journal, a 6-Pack of Pink Glitter No.2 Pencils, and a bonus sticker sheet.

You can get a box for about $20, and for every box sold, Yoobi will donate five school supply items to a classroom in need — sweet! They have helped over 3.5 million kids so far.

Geomag Pro-L

If you like the original Geomag’s, step up to the Pro-L series, with even stronger magnets to allow you to build more complex models.

Each box includes metal spheres, magnetic bars, plus colored acrylic panels in various shapes which look cool and add strength. The kit we received to sample (and GIVEAWAY!) has 75 pieces, but if you really want to go all out, get the 174 piece version!

We are giving away a free box as part of our going back to school giveaway!

Fenrici Backpacks

Not all backpacks are made the same. I mean, sure, they all could carry your stuff. But this one carries more than books–it carries a potential lifeline for sufferers of childhood rare diseases by donating 5 percent of net proceeds from each bag sold to non-profit Global Genes for research and education.

The backpacks are not only well-meaning, they are well-constructed. Each has 3 big compartments with plenty of inside pockets, plus a laptop sleeve. Deep mesh side pockets with strong elastic openings keep water bottles and phones from slipping out. The straps are wide, and you can buckle the sternum strap to help reduce strain on your back.

ANNNNNND…we are giving you one as part of our going back to school giveaway!


Drynk Beverage Containers from Vaya

There’s nothing worse than taking a swig of a formerly cold beverage only to find its about the temperature of bath water. Also as bad is making hot cocoa to bring with you, and when you finally get where you are going, its disappointingly lukewarm. Bleh!

Drynk beverage container from Vaya solve both problems with one product. The cup keeps your liquids at the temperature you expect for HOURS, thanks to the vaccum insulated stainless steel body. It works really well — we love the sample one we received to review! Its well constructed, and feels great in the hand and on the lips.

Another cool feature is that Drynk comes with two separate lids. One is for sipping, and has a handy magnetic latch so its stays open without flapping back onto your mouth (ouch). The other is for pouring and even includes two cups, which store right on top, so you can share a drink with your BFF while discussing your going back to school outfits.

Compared to the vacuum sealed water bottles on the market which have small openings, this product holds temperatures for slightly less time because the top surface area is the plastic lids and not the vacuum-sealed steel. However, the advantage of having the wide opening is you can remove the lid and literally scoop ice cream in it and still have it cold a few hours later. Ditto with like a bowl of ramen or spaghetti-o’s — a meal in a cup which will stay hot for hours!

myCharge myFlipShade iPhone Holder and Privacy Screen & Shield Protector

You know how hard it can be to read your phone screen when out in the bright sun. Solve this with myFlipShade, a pop-up shield which attaches to the back of your phone with adhesiveand lays flat until you need it. In addition, you can drop the side flaps to keep nosy people from reading what you are doing. The whole thing acts as a shield against rain as well, and can be used even if you have your phone in a case in most instances.

If you use your phone a lot in the sun…get this product!

Once Upon a Book Club – Young Adult

When we were young, we used to lobe it when mom or dad would read us a book, especially at bed time. As we got older and HAD to read for school, it became less fun. Once Upon a Book Club helps make reading fun again by making reading interactive and engaging.

Each box includes 3-5 special gifts to open throughout the book that actually brings the book to life! As you can see from the ic above, certain pages require you to open certain items to uncover surprises…and the fun isn’t over once the book is done. There are live social media discussions with the author and other book clubbers to keep the story going!

What’s in the box?

  • Newly released contemporary, general or historical fiction book (choose either adult or young adult)
  • 3-5 individually wrapped gifts with page numbers from the book, not meant to be opened until you reach the given page – bringing the book to life! These gifts are so well chosen that you will get chills upon opening!
  • A 5×7 quote print featuring a quote from the selected book
  • Discussion questions (featured both on Facebook and Instagram) and read-a-long dates for live discussions and gift openings with fellow Book Club members!
  • Q&A with the authors on social media

You can see for yourself if you win our giveaway, because a box is included!

OKAY, IT’S TIME TO EXPLAIN THE GIVEAWAY RULES!

  1. Follow us on Instagram
  2. Like our giveaway post (it looks like the pic above)
  3. Mention a friend who you think needs some Back to School motivation in the comments.
  4. For each friend mentioned, you get one entry into our drawing. The more you enter the more chances you could be chosen as our winner!
  5. We will ship anywhere in the U.S.A., no international entries please!
  6. We will choose one winner from all entries received and announce MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2018!