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This Teenage Life is a podcast made by teens about their ideas, stories, and unique perspectives in the middle of their own growth as humans. Please feel free to reach out to us at team@thisteenagelife.org, we love hearing from listeners.

This Teenage Life This Teenage Life

    • Kids & Family
    • 3.3 • 8 Ratings

This Teenage Life is a podcast made by teens about their ideas, stories, and unique perspectives in the middle of their own growth as humans. Please feel free to reach out to us at team@thisteenagelife.org, we love hearing from listeners.

    Gaming and Social Connection: Minecraft and Roblox

    Gaming and Social Connection: Minecraft and Roblox

    For several of us at TTL, games like Minecraft and Roblox offer expansive digital universes in which we can make our own worlds and find other people with shared interests.
    In this episode, we hear from TTL participants along with members of the ExperienceCraft community, who use Minecraft as way to connect in the face of grief. Check out ExperienceCraft and their parent organization, Connected Camps if you're looking for awesome ways to connect with teens interested in digital worlds and gaming!

    • 14 min
    Navigating School Drama and Rumors

    Navigating School Drama and Rumors

    For many young people, it can be hard to avoid the gossip, drama, and rumors that pass through the halls at school. While engaging in these behaviors can sometimes bring excitement, drama often leads to misunderstandings, hurt, and feelings of isolation. In this episode the teens discuss their thoughts on gossip, stories about rumors they have dealt with, and how to avoid school drama. 

    • 19 min
    Queerness and Community: Celebrating Self-Described "Misfit-ery"!

    Queerness and Community: Celebrating Self-Described "Misfit-ery"!

    It can be isolating and lonely to feel different from your peers, whether that's because of your identity, social and political beliefs, or simply the way you think about the world.
     
    Fortunately, there are so many others out there who don't fit within various social norms who ar ealso working to construct community.
     
    In this episode, TTL participants team up with hosts from the Future Perfect Project's podcast "I'm Feeling Queer Today" to explore what it means to be a "misfit," the strengths that come with being different, and how to find spaces where you belong.
     
    While this episode is a celebration of Pride Month and the beauty of self acceptance, this conversation is for anyone who feels like they bump up against the status quo.
     
    Thank you to Celeste, Emma, Lily, and Eric for joining us for this episode. Click the links below to learn more about their incredible work: 
    https://www.thefutureperfectproject.org/podcast
    https://www.thetrevorproject.org

    • 12 min
    You're Not Alone In Feeling Lonely

    You're Not Alone In Feeling Lonely

    The media is filled with stories about the global teen loneliness crisis. Yet, we rarely hear from teens themselves. In this episode, sponsored by Learning Enterprise at Arizona State University, we hear from teens around the globe about their experiences of contemporary loneliness, and how they're navigating it. 
     
    We hope this episode helps to destigmatize loneliness so people realize: while you might feel lonely sometimes, you are not alone in that feeling. 
     
    To learn more about ASU and This Teenage Life's partnership, go to https://info.learning.asu.edu/this-teenage-life

    • 25 min
    Transitioning from High School to College

    Transitioning from High School to College

    High school seniors are about to graduate, and many will head to college. 
    Starting college can come with a whole set of uknowns and distorted expectations of how the transition "should" go. In this episode, This Teenage Life contributor, Ummul, shares voice recordings of herself and her frieends from their freshman year. They share about their experiences navigating the transition to their new academic, residential, and social lives.

    • 18 min
    Mental Gymnastics

    Mental Gymnastics

    Grown-ups can often talk about teens and social media in a way that fails to capture real teens' experiences.The directors of the Center For Digital Thriving (CDT) are different — they get it. In this episode, TTL teens meet with CDT directors Emily and Carrie to discuss the mental gymnastics of navigating our relationships with tech and social media. 
     
    We hope this episode can inspire more conversations about teens and tech that are grounded in the experiences of teens themselves. For resources check out the Center for Digital Thriving resources page at: https://digitalthriving.gse.harvard.edu/resources/

    • 17 min

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