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What's a refugee? Who are the Karen?

By Jennifer Skuza "Imagine being forced to flee your country in order to escape to safety. If you were lucky you had time to pack a bag. If not, you simply dropped everything and ran. Life as a refugee can be difficult to imagine. But, for nearly 20 million people around the world, it is a terrifying reality."  ( United Nations Refugee Agency ). World Refugee Day just happened on June 20, 2016. I have have had opportunities to work with refugee communities throughout my career. Over the past few years I have been working with Karen communities in Minnesota . Many people aren't familiar with the Karen or how people come to be refugees. Here is some background.

Early sports specialization is incompatible with high-quality youth programming

By Margo Bowerman I had the good fortune to grow up in an environment with a wide variety of things to do and plenty of free time. I loved competitive team sports, and as a student I played competitively through college and beyond. Today, though, many young people's time is monopolized by sports and for some, even the very young, it's only a single sport - even though the research says that's not good for them.

Science is hard work and that makes it fun

By Rebecca Meyer  Thinking of science as fun may bring youth to an activity, but they'll like it even more when they get to know more about the scientific process, challenges, and even the failures. Effective science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education demands balancing fun, interest-building activities and attention to the authentic aptitudes and dispositions that prepare youth for professional careers. All too often we emphasize the fun-factor and minimize the notion that "science is hard." My colleague, Margo Bowerman, blogged about this recently: "I’m no good at science!"

Let's talk about race -- It's important

By Jessica Pierson Russo We need to talk to young people about race more - not less. A recent study suggests that minority and white children avoid talking about race. They learn this "color blind" approach from adults, and avoiding the issue only widens the divide. Studies show that talking to young people about race is important to their development. Understanding one's own racial and ethnic identity is important to developing a positive social identity .