Teens are very proactive in environmental issues. Chances are they have learned quite a bit about these issues in science classes. Encourage teens to be good role models for younger siblings, and to contribute at home, at school and in the community to issues they are passionate in solving.
"Generation Green: The Ultimate Teen Guide to Living an Eco-Friendly Life" by Linda Sivertson & Tosh Sivertson. Talks about the big issues currently facing our planets, along with highlights of interviews with teens and a number of tips for 'going green'.
Got a teen who wants to create with their hands? Maybe they'd like to design buildings, learn how computers work or build cars? Help them learn more about their passion at these Kansas City places.
Play around with the online Architect Studio 3D and learn about building houses, along with one of the world's most famous architect, Frank Lloyd Wright: www.architectstudio3d.org/AS3d/home.html
Learn about building tunnels, skyscrapers and domes at PBS Building Big: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/buildingbig/
After surveying the area and learning about the four types of bridges, build your own in an online game: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/tech/build-bridge-p1.html
Does your teen want to help others, improve the world and have a positive impact in their community? Maybe they need to do a service project but aren't sure where to find one? Check out these options to help your teen find their interests and get involved in helping others.
Many teens have jobs and now it's our job to help them learn how to manage their money. Does your teen have their own checking account yet? Are they helping to pay their own bills, like gas for the car or their monthly cell phone charges? Check out some of these local resources and get them off to a solid start.
There are a number of different 'schools of thought' about how to manage, save and invest your money. For teens, it's a good idea to become aware of some of the more popular resources so they can begin to review the various ideas and form some of their own about the subject.
Some places to start include:
One of the best ways to teach teens about money is making sure they have some hands-on experiences with it. Integrate some of the following opportunities into your son or daughter's life:
Take a visit at the Money Museum located at the Federal Reserve Bank in Kansas City. Teens will enjoy seeing some of the cool exhibits and learning about the history of our economic system. Activities include:
Admission is free but check the Visitor's page for hours and information before you go.