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School’s Out! Now What?

School’s Out! Now What?

Mary McIlrath, Senior Vice President

It might be unconventional, but we’re recommending the first stop be a check-up at the doctor’s office.  Beyond the obvious physical benefits of preventative care, doctors are getting involved…

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Congratulations, High School Graduates of 2019!  Look How Far You’ve Come

Congratulations, High School Graduates of 2019!  Look How Far You’ve Come

Mary McIlrath, Senior Vice President

In May of 2019, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) reported that high school graduation rates in the U.S. hit a new high in the 2016-2017 school year (most recent year available), up…

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When We Talk About Crazy Teen Challenges, What Does That Say About Us?

When We Talk About Crazy Teen Challenges, What Does That Say About Us?

Mary McIlrath, Senior Vice President

You probably heard about the 2018 “Tide Pods Challenge” phenomenon. Headlines screamed about the travesty sweeping the nation, in which teens declared that the brightly-colored detergent packets…

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YouthBeat®’s Take on Toy Fair 2019

YouthBeat®’s Take on Toy Fair 2019

Mary McIlrath, Senior Vice President

It was a whiz-bang dynamic week at the annual unveiling of thousands of new toys for youth, families, and adults. YouthBeat® sees a couple of other pundits focusing on pushing the technology forward…

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Finding Your Generational Identity

Finding Your Generational Identity

Mary McIlrath, Senior Vice President

Here at YouthBeat®, we’ve been surveying youth for more than a decade.  We had Millennials in our data set when they were teens, and we have Generation Z now.  This gives us the unique ability to…

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A Comment on Teens and Religion from YouthBeat®

A Comment on Teens and Religion from YouthBeat®

Mary McIlrath, Senior Vice President

In December, Donna Freitas wrote a compelling essay for the New York Times. The topic? The relative lack of presence of religion in young adult (YA) literature, and the taboo of presenting characters…

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Halloween, YouthBeat-Style

Halloween, YouthBeat-Style

A host of hobgoblins haunted our halls, hungry for treats. They were spellbound as they eyeballed oodles of ice cream in all sorts of flavors. Sadly, no newt. We’d like to thank all of our families…

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Generation Z: Redefining What Makes a Hot Brand

Generation Z: Redefining What Makes a Hot Brand

Mary McIlrath, Senior Vice President

Business Insider published an article this summer about industries and brands who are at risk because they’re losing ground with Generation Z compared to their Millennial customer base. 

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