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This is a guest post from Dr. Lynne Kenney, Harvard-trained psychologist, international educator and mother of two. generationOn recently engaged Dr. Kenney to have her share the science and secrets behind having a productive and meaningful brain-based 'Kindness Conversation' with the kids and teens in your life.

generationOn staff recently had the opportunity to celebrate International Youth Day at the United Nations! International Youth Day recognizes and celebrates the efforts of youth to enhance global society.

The world is changing more rapidly than ever before, and it is important to make sure kids and teens are prepared to handle those changes and support each other by being kind and compassionate.

That's why we're excited to kick off the Rules of Kindness Campaign, powered by Hasbro! We're challenging kids and teens to build empathy, be kind, and show they care.

Whether your school year has already started or you're still enjoying the last days of summer vacation, it's never too early to start thinking about how you can make your classroom a more caring and compassionate place.

It's that time of year--back to school! Whether you've already started or are gearing up, generationOn has LOTS of exciting new things to offer your Club this year!

The generationOn Kids Care Club program engages elementary school-age children in communities across the country and the world, enabling them to participate in on-going service opportunities that help them become caring, compassionate and capable young people. With the generous support of Debbie Spaide, the founder of the Kids Care Clubs, generationOn is excited to recognize outstanding Kids Care Clubs who have demonstrated excellence in service this past year.

Clay P. Bedford once said, "You can teach a student a lesson for a day; but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity, he will continue the learning process as long as he lives."

What would you say being a friend means to you? Loyalty? Kindness? Generosity?

For Emmy Perry, an actress, founder of Emmy's Hope, and generationOn Celebrity Youth Ambassador, it means being a great friend. "To have great friends, you have to be a great friend," she says. "Sometimes you're not together, but friends are there for you even when you don't see them. They'll always put a smile on your face when you need it most."

Taking care of our health and wellness is so important because health is at the root of everything we do. When we feel healthy and well, we're able to do more because our body is strong and our mind is clear.

There are many ways to take care of your own health and encourage those around you to be healthy, including eating right, exercising, spending time with others and talking openly about your feelings, getting enough rest and more!

This post was written by Anika Bagaria, a generationOn Youth Advisory Council member about the recent Orlando tragedy. 

"No way," I whispered to myself, shaking my head in disbelief, "There's no way this happened."

But it had. This cruel, unforgivable act of hatred had really happened. After reading the headlines on my phone, I immediately got out of bed and ran down the stairs to find my parents. "Mom! Dad! Did you hear?"

Wildlife

Did you know there are an estimated 7.77 million species of animals on Earth? And yet, as many as half of them are facing extinction in the next 35 years.1

Make Your Mark on Hunger

When youth come together to take on an issue, they can make a big impact. How big? The results from our Make Your Mark on Hunger campaign are in and the answer is - a huge impact!

More than 33,000 kids and teens spent 633,349 hours making their mark on hunger! (There are 8,760 hours in a year... so 72 YEARS of service work was done in just 6 weeks!)

Six years ago, Carter Jimenez Jenkins was looking at a website called Blue Planet Run and saw a photo essay about people who were living without access to safe water. Carter was shocked and knew he needed to take action.

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