Happy February! Here are some interesting happenings, research, and innovation that you might want to share with your patrons. As always, leave comments if you have any suggestions.

  • Programs such as the It Gets Better Project have made teen suicides, especially those related to homophobia, a more pressing issue. But is it reaching middle school-aged teens and tweens? A new study shows that many teens who have made suicide attempts made their first ones before high school, which means new approaches to mental health and wellbeing need to be taken earlier. U.S. News and World Report did a writeup of the study, which was published in the Journal of Adolescent Health.
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For episode #97 we talk to Alex Trivas, an English teacher at the Brentwood School in Los Angeles, California and the creator of One Billion Poets, a new website that uses social networking tools to expose teens to poetry.


If’  you prefer, you may go to the’ YALSA Podcast Site, download the Mp3 file and listen to it on the Mp3 player of your choice. To avoid missing future episodes, add’ the feed to Itunes or any other rss feed tracker.

After listening to the podcast, please take a look at the website OneBillionPoets.com and let us know what you think in the comments section. Alex also published a helpful article listing writing prompts and exercises that can be used in the classroom and in conjunction with his site.