Managing Transitions

Adolescence is full of transitions – teens are moving into young adulthood, exerting their independence, forming new relationships and transforming others, and finding ways to express their beliefs and desires. While this time is full of critical gains, it’s also (unsurprisingly) volatile. Adolescents are going through an important period of self-discovery, but they are also …

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Why Empathy?

At Hallways, we have long recognized that building empathy is a fundamental component of our work to enhance the wellbeing of young people and their communities. Parents and educators usually agree that increasing empathy is a worthy goal, but sometimes express confusion about how it relates to our broader goal of preventing risky behaviors, like …

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Setting Healthy Expectations for Homecoming

Homecoming events are exciting for students and kick off the fall semester social scene. All too often, however, school-sponsored Homecoming events bring up anxiety among parents and school staff due to concerns about students “pre-gaming” before arriving to school or sneaking in drugs and alcohol to school sponsored events. The dilemma that parents face – …

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A Changing Landscape in Prevention – The Hallways Approach

Traditionally, programs that sought to prevent young people from engaging in risky behaviors based their programming around cautionary tales and scare tactics. It was believed at the time that lecturing young people about the negative consequences of certain behaviors would be enough to frighten them away. Subsequent programming has focused on education, disseminating facts about …

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