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Joining A Club: What’s In It For Me?

Joining A Club: What’s In It For Me?

Becoming more social and developing self-confidence has taken time for me. Back when I was in middle and high school, I was shy, quiet and reserved. Joining a sports team and a social awareness club in high school was out of my comfort zone but ultimately helped me to...

Seasonal Affective Disorder

Seasonal Affective Disorder

September often marks a big transition--the end of summer, the start of a new school year and shorter daylight hours. While some people look forward to all things pumpkin spiced and sweatshirt weather returning, others approach this change with genuine concern....

Preparing You for a Challenging Year

Preparing You for a Challenging Year

As we embark on a new school year it seems that everything is important. Parents, educators and teens are concerned about health, academic development, friendships and socialization, sports, extracurriculars and everything in between. This is complicated by the disparate nature of education for students: in-person, remote, hybrid and the other creative options being utilized to keep children, teens and communities physically safe and healthy.

Be A Friend, Find A Friend

Be A Friend, Find A Friend

March 13, 2020, me and my friends pack up to leave school, excited about the extended spring break. True, all of our plans to travel had been canceled due to this new virus that had just started spreading across the country. Did I ever think that when I walked out the...

Embrace the Chaos

Embrace the Chaos

We are living in a time that is different from any other time in history on many levels. For many, it seems like we are living in a state of perpetual chaos. COVID-19 has put a spotlight on uncertainty, created the need to isolate and lose connections with support...

Creative Classes Count

Creative Classes Count

“No singing...”“No movement...”“No choir...”“No wind instruments...”(OK full disclosure, this gets rid of the recorder which is not an entirely bad thing if I’m honest... but I digress.) Music is the international language. We really have two viruses right now that we...

Resource Highlight: Intervention Language For Educators

Resource Highlight: Intervention Language For Educators

What does it mean to be a “Trusted Adult?” According to our Shared Vocabulary, a trusted adult is a person whom teens feel comfortable or safe to turn to when they have a problem, need help, have embarrassing or difficult questions, and just need/want to talk to...

Back To School During A Pandemic

Back To School During A Pandemic

If 2020 has taught us one thing it is that we need to be flexible and resilient as everything is changing, sometimes even daily. Words we have heard more than we ever thought possible include unprecedented, social distancing, pandemic, masks, etc.When it comes to...

Every Step I Take In Memory

Every Step I Take In Memory

On September 26th, 2017 my world forever changed; my little brother, my best friend, had passed away. Nathaniel John Bauer was only 19 years old. He was a sophomore in college, still unsure of what to do with his life, but he knew he wanted to change the world....

The Power of You: Creating Inclusive Communities

The Power of You: Creating Inclusive Communities

Over the years we have seen incredible research showing the power of a trusted adult in the life of young people. Harvard’s Center on the Developing Child released a study saying, “Every child who winds up doing well has had at least one stable and committed...

RESOURCE HIGHLIGHT: Shared Vocabulary

RESOURCE HIGHLIGHT: Shared Vocabulary

At Erika’s Lighthouse, we understand that discussing depression can be a challenging topic. As an educator or social worker, you are considered a trusted adult to the students who come to you. And while we realize this isn’t always part of your typical lesson plan, we...

2019-20 End of School Year Report

2019-20 End of School Year Report

Download the report  Erika's Lighthouse is so proud of the amazing work accomplished this past school year. Educating over 218,000 students is just the beginning and we look forward to having you join us on our journey.

We’re In This Together: New Year, New Challenges, New Resources

We’re In This Together: New Year, New Challenges, New Resources

It feels like just yesterday we were ringing in 2020 and looking forward to a bright new year and new opportunities. But it simultaneously feels like forever since schools went to remote learning and the world stopped for COVID-19. What a difference just a few months...

Decoding the Secret Message

Decoding the Secret Message

Did you know that suicide is the second leading cause of death for young people ages10-24, making up 19.2% of all deaths among young people in 2017? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suicide rates for people aged 10 to 24 increased by 56...

You Are Not Alone

You Are Not Alone

Depression is not a bad word, nor is it a diagnosis to be ashamed of a diagnosis. Chances are, every day you encounter a person with a mental health disorder. In fact, depression is the most common mental health disorder in teens. Did you know that: Each year, 1 in 8...

Finding Myself by Coming Out

Finding Myself by Coming Out

Growing up, it didn’t take me long to notice that I was different then other boys… When my brother, who’s a year older than me, would grab for a G.I Joe or one of his Rescue Heroes, I had my eyes on the Barbies, the Beanie Babies, or any sort of Little Mermaid...