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“Thandor Talks”—Join the Conversation Aug 21, 2014

Bring your expertise—your life experience—and join the conversation as we explore the concepts, principles, and practices of youth development as it connects to everyday life.

“Thandor Talks” Series Premiere August 21 Aug 14, 2014

Join us on the Thandor Talks blog and on social media for the first episode of Thandor Talks on August 21, 2014. The series premiere will explore the African proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child” while examining the question, “What if the village is sick?”

Celebrating 15 Years of Positive Youth Development, Focus on Healthy Lifestyles Aug 06, 2014

Childhood obesity rates in America have tripled in the last quarter century. Over 20% of our youth are now overweight.* Obesity in preschool age children has increased at an alarming speed, leading to the significant growth of treatments for related diseases such as mental illness, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and asthma. Sadly, a disproportionate number of D.C. youth, those that need us most, are included in these alarming results.

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