Tuesday, February 25, 2014

From the Streets to College: Why Not?: Martin Contreras at TEDxYouth

Martin Contreras is a senior at Renaissance High in Watsonville. As a kid, with nothing else to do or anybody to stop him, he headed to the streets. This led to poor school attendance, bad grades and other tragic outcomes. Recently, on a visit to Cabrillo College, Martin realized that someone like him could actually go to college and turn his life around. Martin advocates for after school programs and college pathways for young kids. Early intervention programs, he says, could prevent wrong choices and tragic outcomes for youth.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Fields Wicker-Miurin: Learning From Leadership's Missing Manual

Leadership doesn't have a user's manual, but Fields Wicker-Miurin says stories of remarkable, local leaders are the next best thing. At a TED salon in London, she shares three.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Roselinde Torres: What It Takes to be a Great Leader

There are many leadership programs available today, from 1-day workshops to corporate training programs. But chances are, these won't really help. In this clear, candid talk, Roselinde Torres describes 25 years observing truly great leaders at work, and shares the three simple but crucial questions would-be company chiefs need to ask to thrive in the future.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

6 Common Causes of Crime That We Should Be Aware Of

A society is defined as a group of people who establish relationship with one another while performing their own roles based on their work and status in life. In a particular society, a person tries to get involved with the people around them regardless of culture, language, work or lifestyle. Society plays an important role in the upbringing of a person especially among the youth. But then, it is noticeable that in different societies, crimes are committed and thus instill fear in the hearts of many.

Theft, burglary and murder are only some of the crimes that are rampant in our society. Even inside the homes where we should be safe, crimes still happen. Burglars enter our homes, steal of valuable possessions and in some instances, harm one of the family members. This is can truly be frightening that's why many of us install security or burglar alarms.

Installing alarms is a good idea but there's no stopping a criminal from harming you if he really wants to. So, let's discuss some common causes a person commits crime so we can be aware of them and know how to help improve our society. Below are the common causes of crime.

1.) Lack of proper education and judgment.
Some people who lack education commit a crime because they are not taught by teachers the proper manners and good values that they should have. They tend to have poor judgment and cannot distinguish right from wrong because they are not properly guided in school.

2.) Poverty
This is sometimes the lame excuse of criminals. Poverty can at some point be one factor that can trigger criminals to commit a crime but the society should also be blamed for this because criminals are tempted to get the material things that they see around while other offenders really need money and food so they resorted to theft or robbery.

3.) Lack of parental supervision
Statistics can prove that many offenders particularly young people lack supervision by parents. Some are fatherless or motherless while others are abandoned by their parents or in the care of a relative who care less in the way they should be brought up. Some parents are also too busy working so they neglect their child and spend no time in teaching them good deeds.

4.) Influence of media and environment
The movies and shows we see on tv, watch on video or easily access on the internet can truly influence on the way a person thinks. Young people who have seen violent movies or brutal acts on TV may think that being violent is acceptable. There are also shows that imply revenge which make some people think that they should get revenge to those who have hurt them. Even the environment where a person lives has a high impact on his upbringing and if crimes is rampant on their place then most likely he/she will also adapt it and do the same crime.

5.) Lack of Love
Studies show that many offenders are those that feel neglected by their families. They felt unloved by their parents or siblings thus they attempt to be accepted by the outside world. Some of them unfortunately meet bad people and join gangs because they feel a sense of belonging. They are influenced then by the gang and believe that they should join their peers in committing unlawful deeds.

6.) Drug and Alcohol Abuse
Some crimes are committed because a person needs money to buy drugs in which they are now addicted to. They resort to stealing money just so they can buy the drugs they want. Crimes are also committed because those who are drug addicts or under the influence of alcohol can no longer think clearly and cannot distinguish bad from good thus they commit murder or other crimes.

As a parent can do our part in avoiding more crimes from happening by educating our children on proper conduct and guiding them to the right path. As part of this society, let us join organizations that help the youth be educated and keep them away from bad influences and if we have extra income, we can give to charities/donate to our less fortunate brothers and sisters. Let's do our part in making our society peaceful and crime-free.

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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Monday, February 10, 2014

Failure As Part Of Success: Hanus Samro at TEDxYouth@ISH

Author, entrepreneur and the youngest member in the history of the Faroese parliament. Hanus achieved these remarkable features already at the age of twenty-three. That is not the whole story. He was diagnosed with a rare muscular disease at the age of fifteen. He slowly went from being a sporty and healthy teenager to an invalid sportsman.

Friday, February 7, 2014

From High School Dropout to Harvard Grad Student

This is the story of Daniel Paris, a young man who was identified to have multiple learning disabilities, as well as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). After dropping out of high school during sophomore year, Daniel returned to school and completed his degree. He's now a graduate student at Harvard University.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Why Students Who Underperform Drop Out of School

In the U.S., one million students leave school early each year. Ray Suarez kicks off American Graduate Week with Victor Rios, Stephanie Krauss and Adam Steltzner, three individuals who know firsthand what it's like to be a high school dropout, but who ultimately turned their lives around and returned to get more education.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Gang Member-Turned-Ph.D. Mentors Youth on the Fringes

Victor Rios says he has lived two lifetimes. In his first, he was a gang member, juvenile delinquent and high school dropout. Now, he's a sociology professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara, who tries to help adolescents avoid the same mistakes he made and get second chances like he did. Ray Suarez reports.