Podcast challenge: The first-ever National Public Radio Student Podcast Challenge is accepting applications now through March 31. NPR is inviting students in grades 5 to 12 to create a podcast between three and 12 minutes long and to compete for a chance to win a prize and have their work aired on NPR. npr.org/2018/11/15/650500116/npr-student-podcast-challenge-home
Great summer opp: The California State Summer School for the Arts is accepting applications for its four-week summer program for talented and motivated high school students interested in the arts. The application deadline is Feb. 28.
Listening circles: There are two more opportunities to attend the Sonoma Valley Unified School District’s upcoming Listening Circles – Thursday, Jan. 24 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Boys and Girls Club, and Tuesday, Jan. 29 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Sonoma Valley High School’s College and Career Center.
Film screening: First 5 Sonoma County, Cradle to Career and 4Cs are partnering to host a free screening of the film “No Small Matter” on Thursday, Jan. 24 at the 3rd Street Cinema in Santa Rosa at 6:30 p.m. The film highlights how hard it is for many people to afford quality care for their children. First 5 hopes to attract elected officials, key business leadership, education professionals and parents to the free screening. Learn more and RSVP at bit.ly/2QhlaWJ or by calling Kate Pack, 565-5387.
Personal finance: A South Carolina senator has filed a bill that would require high school students take a personal finance class. The class would cover budgeting, insurance, taxes, retirement planning and how to avoid excess debt. If the bill is passed, the course requirement would go into effect during the 2020-2021 school year.
Internship: Audubon Canyon Ranch’s Conservation Science Intensive is a 5-day, 4-night residential program for girls based out of Martin Griffin Preserve near Stinson Beach. Students work with ACR’s female conservation biologists, ecologists, educators, guest artists, writers and musicians. This year’s program will run July 8 to 12. CSI accepts applications from girls, ages 14 to 17. Apply at egret.org/conservation-science-intensive.
Stop yelling: Stephen Marche writes in the New York Times that “yelling may be the most widespread parental stupidity around today.” He cites a study that households with regular shouting incidents tend to have children with lower self-esteem, higher rates of depression, increased levels of anxiety, stress and depression along with an increase in behavioral problems. Read more at nytimes.com/2018/09/05/well/family/why-you-should-stop-yelling-at-your-kids.html.
Tween confidence: Between the ages of 8 and 14, girls’ confidence levels fall by 30 percent, according to new research. A recent article by the authors of “The Confidence Code for Girls” suggest five tips:
1. Encourage your daughter to move beyond what she does well and tackle something scary.
2. Take the fear out of failure. Normalize it and rebound, to be ready for it the next time it happens.
3. Become a role model for risk and failure by discussing your nerves, worries and fears. Ask for her advice about it.
4. Keep great failure stories on hand, the bigger the better. Talk through what it means to mess up and then recover.
5. Embrace the bumps. If the school year seems rocky already, instead of resorting to panic or racing to fix things, remember that your daughter actually benefits from challenges. A bumpy path builds more confidence than a smooth one. Read more at nytimes.com/2018/10/01/well/family/confidence-gap-teen-girls-tips-parents.html.