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Gen Z and Service Vacations: “First, Do No Harm”

Volunteer vacations, service vacations, “voluntourism” – regardless of what you call the growing trend of traveling with the intent of doing unpaid work to make a positive contribution, it seems almost custom made for Gen Z.  Service based travel, with revenues estimated at $2 billion and growing, ticks numerous boxes for Generation Z as they enter their college years.  It provides a way to see the world and feel good about participating in a community or environmental project.  It offers something different to do for the growing number who are taking ‘gap years’ and can be perceived as a way to beef up a participant’s college application.  On the surface, the concept seems to be a win-win for all involved.  However, the reality is much more complex and Continue reading “Gen Z and Service Vacations: “First, Do No Harm””

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Child Slavery and Trafficking: An Issue We Can All Do Something About

January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention month, so in honor of this I decided to write a post to draw awareness to the human rights tragedy of trafficking that is estimated to impact millions of children and teens worldwide.  The Department of Homeland Security defines human trafficking as modern-day slavery and involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex act. Continue reading “Child Slavery and Trafficking: An Issue We Can All Do Something About”

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Syrian Youth: Gen Z Amidst Conflict and Crisis

This holiday season, as I watch the continued tragic news updates on Aleppo, my thoughts are with the children and teens affected by the conflict.  Often when we think of Generation Z and the trends taking place in the United States and developed countries among today’s youth, it’s easy to overlook the experiences of those growing up amidst terrifying conflict.  And yet, the children of Syria are also, based on age, part of Gen Z. As we gather together with our families and friends to celebrate the holidays and toast the coming year, let’s pause to remember these children. Continue reading “Syrian Youth: Gen Z Amidst Conflict and Crisis”

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Gen Z & Adolescence in the Age of Cyberbullying

This October marked the tenth annual National Bullying Prevention Month.  While bullying isn’t a new problem, it has received more attention in recent years, especially since the advent of social media has added a new and sometimes sinister dimension.  Gen Z is the first generation facing an adolescence where bullies are not just in the schoolyard but can follow their victims 24/7 via social media. Continue reading “Gen Z & Adolescence in the Age of Cyberbullying”

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Technically Digital Native: The Growing Technology Gap in Gen Z

Imagine you are doing your math homework on your iPad, plodding along, and suddenly – unprompted and as if coming from some unseen Math Fairy – writing appears on the screen.  “Check your work…” it says and then magically circles an area of the problem where there is an issue.  You go back, look at your calculations, and see an error that you are able to correct.  This is how homework is done in the school system I currently live in, a district ranked at the top of the state.  Continue reading “Technically Digital Native: The Growing Technology Gap in Gen Z”

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Summer Vacation for Gen Z: Balancing Skill Learning, Cash Earning and Having Fun

My younger stepdaughter, like many in Gen Z and across generations, has a fascination with Minecraft.   She can spend hours in the 3D worlds she has built, interacting with characters she has created and refining details such as adding additional glass windows to an elaborate castle she designed.  When I came across an ID Tech Camp titled “Intro to Java Coding with Minecraft” I knew I had a winner. Continue reading “Summer Vacation for Gen Z: Balancing Skill Learning, Cash Earning and Having Fun”

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