Are Teens Prepared for the Future?

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Among the latest tech gadgets, cell phones and social media sites, today’s teen is more connected than ever. Although teens are surrounded by a flurry of electronics and digital media, are they gaining the skills needed to succeed in a technology-driven world?
According to the Department of Commerce, students educated in science, technology, engineering and math at any level make 26 percent more money overall than counterparts who have studied in other fields.
Several non-profits and corporations have rallied together to highlight the importance of teaching young people critical digital literacy skills.
“The access to technology kids get outside of school is often an important complement to the learning that happens in the classrooms,” said Dan Rauzi, senior director of technology programs at Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
Boys & Girls Clubs has a long history of providing educational and developmental programs for youth in communities nationwide. Through a national partnership with Microsoft and Comcast, its Club Tech program provides free software and access to technology lessons to youth of all ages. In 2010 alone, the program reached over 850,000 kids who learned how to design posters, collaborate on film projects and make their own music.
Daniel Flores, 16, has participated in Club Tech for two years at Boys & Girls Club of Greater Holland, Mich. He believes the skills he is acquiring in graphic design will help him get into an art college and pursue a career one day. In fact, he’s started his own small business offering Web and graphic design services.
“I wanted to create a business that helps other companies market and promote their ideas by developing websites, logos and print making,” Flores said.
According to a recent study, teens like Flores who participate in after-school technology programs exhibit a more positive outlook on their future. Many also become more positive about finishing high school and attending college.
“Club Tech is more than just providing computers. We give kids and teens an opportunity to express themselves artistically and engage with technology in a way that builds confidence and real-world skills,” added Rauzi.

Women and Cancer: Safeguard Your Future Fertility

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Understanding how treatment may affect your fertility is the first step in assessing your options for fertility preservation. Chemotherapy can damage eggs, the sacs holding the eggs and the production of sex hormones. Radiation therapy has similar effects, sometimes causing irregular periods or halting them altogether.

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Is Home-Based Business Right For You?

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – The economic recession forced many Americans out of work, driving home a simple fact — if you work for someone else, you can’t control your financial future.

Being your own boss holds wide appeal. Americans with home-based businesses report to no one, set their own hours, don’t have to deal with office politics and determine their own salaries.

“No other circumstance besides a home-based business allows you to set your own work schedule, plan time for your social life and experience ultimate flexibility for meeting family obligations while at the same time providing unlimited reward,” says Paul J. Meyer, author of “Pink Slip Proof: How to Control All Future Paychecks.”

Meyer provides the following reasons to look into starting a home-based business:

1. Personal Freedom. You can choose the business you want and control your day-to-day work hours.

2. Reduction of Stress. When you’re in control, you will experience less stress. As long as you get your work done, it doesn’t matter when you do it. For example, if you’re a night owl, you can work late and sleep late.

3. Involve Your Family. Spouses or other family members can pool their talents and resources and work together to create a successful business. In addition, if both partners are home, you may be able to cut back on childcare costs.

4. Financial Rewards. Home-based businesses open doors for the handicapped, students, homemakers and others who may not be able to land high-paying corporate jobs. You can make as much money as you’re willing to work for.

5. Increase Your Competitive Edge. Working out of your home will save you money on overhead — money that you can then channel back into your business. Pass your own savings onto your customers.

6. Greater Productivity. Your enthusiasm will be higher, so your productivity will increase -; after all, you are the direct beneficiary of your own efforts.

7. Tax Advantages. You can deduct things like a percentage of your mortgage or rent, a percentage of your vehicle expenses, software costs and money spent on entertaining clients.

“If all that sounds like a fresh start, a perfect fit, then a home-based business could be your ticket to fulfilling all your dreams and goals,” says Meyer.

For more tips from Paul Meyer, read his book “Pink Slip Proof: How to Control All Future Paychecks” or visit www.pauljmeyer.com.