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Operation Beauty Within~Teen Esteem Toy Drive

Beauty Within~Teen Esteem Christmas Toy Drive is proud to partner with Children's Hospital of Los Angeles to provide toys to boys and girls. We are seeking your assistance in bringing the Christmas spirit to the less fortunate! Your donated toys, clothing and books will be delivered to children. Donating or contributing is easy and it will bring great joy to you and your family!

We are looking for sponsorship's, donations, places to put stocking boxes and angel trees.

God Bless and Merry Christmas!

For more details

Please send unwrapped toys to: Beauty Within~Teen Esteem Toy Drive
                                                  7320 Reseda Blvd. #372143
                                                  Reseda, CA. 91337-2143
                                                  (818) 441-8891

My Christmas challenge to you

To add meaning to the holiday season, every Christmas I help raise funds for Children's hospital toy drive through my friends and network at Beauty Within~Teen Esteem. This year, the needs are particularly great. And that means the rewards are too! I'd love to send you a special Christmas package as thanks for a $100 gift to power Beauty Within~Teen Esteem's work. This gift package was so popular over the years that I want to offer it again so you too can get on board — and even share this challenge with your loved ones.

Help Beauty Within~Teen Esteem with a gift of $100 or more, and I'll match it and send you my Devezin Cosmetics Christmas gift set:
"Devezin Cosmetics' Holiday Collection Devezin Cosmetics Christmas coffee-table book"Devezin Cosmetics" Christmas music CD featuring 10 of our favorite American carols
Or you're welcome to choose my Complete Professional Makeup Brush Collection
Give by Dec. 10 to assure delivery before Christm…

Are parks Kid Safe?

We'd like to invite our readers, to join the conversation. Are you concerned that your children are not safe at local parks? Are you safe at a park yourself? Tell us what you're doing to keep safe while exploring nature. Send us an email. So, being outside today at the beautiful  Lake Balboa (Anthony C. Beilenson Park - formally Balboa Park) seems like a great place to ask you, what have the local parks meant to you in your life?
I want to get your take on the discussions that we've heard recently about the budget cutting at California's state parks. Have you been involved in any of that discussion and what is your reaction?

Personally, I've not been involved directly with that discussion. You know, budget issues aside, the last place we should be – one of the last places we should be cutting is in the relationship between opportunities for children to experience nature, and families and adults. There is a theory, a biophilia hypothesis, Theo Wilson of …

Halloween Safety

Make sure all the Trick Or Treaters and their escorts have flashlights. Flashlights will help you see better and to be more visible to cars and others. Make sure you have fresh batteries. Flashlights will help you see items in your path when walking on the sidewalk. Flashlights will help in locating items if you drop them. Other great alternatives to flashlights are glow-sticks and reflective tape on costumes and trick or treat bags. Carry cell phones so you can call home if needed. Teach children their home phone number and how to call 9-1-1 if they have an emergency or become lost. Remind them that 9-1-1 can be dialed free from any phone.

Safety is a shared responsibility, not only for the kids to make sure they don’t run out onto the roadway but also for adults and drivers.  Tonight we have to be more vigilant because a lot more pedestrians will be out and about, especially young kids. Parents need to make sure their kids costume fits well so they don’t trip. If th…

Do best friends always have to do everything together? Do best friends always have to have the same friends?

Why are friendships so important to us kids? 1. Interview your parents, family members, or neighbors about a time when they felt left out of a group. Ask how they felt about it and how they handled the situation. Did they have someone they could talk to about it? 2. Ask family members to tell you about a time when a friendship of theirs changed or ended because their friend moved, became part of a different group, went to a new school, or some other reason. How did they feel? 3. Ask your family members to describe a time when someone they met surprised them by being different than they expected. To The Parents: Your child is involved in learning-activities designed to develop good character and empower young people to make good choices for themselves. He or she may be asked to complete several tasks at home. Your cooperation with these activities will support our overall analysis.
The current lesson is about friendship. 

Above we talked about what happens to a good friend when h…

Dear Leaders: TAKE CLIMATE ACTION NOW

Maybe you’re concerned for your family’s health. Maybe you’re excited about a future powered by clean energy instead of dirty fossil fuels. Or maybe you live in a coastal city vulnerable to sea level rise and the kind of natural disasters now becoming more frequent thanks to climate change.Whatever your motivation, join with beauty within teen esteem and others around the world to tell world leaders: Take climate action now.
Share on Facebook and Twitter why you’ll be tuning in for 24 Hours of Reality and Live Earth: The World Is Watching using #WhyImWatching.

Thank you for all that you do to create a safe and sustainable future for our planet. 
Join us in demanding that world leaders sign a strong agreement at the Paris climate negotiations in December.



Why I may be different than you...

First of all, I would like to say that we can't really confirm anything, and this is another idea, a possible step forward for those who will listen. I encourage you to point out mistakes, and reasons I may be wrong.
Some people live in two different worlds. Some people who are different don’t understand how to communicate very well with you and the outside world, which could be called the real world. Some people have a world inside their head too, which is more peaceful and easier to understand than the real world.
So if you see someone and he/she seems to be in their own little world and the parents or friends are letting him/her do that, they’re not ignoring that person. Maybe they’re just letting him/her be in a world he/she likes.


People who are different are never different in the same way. Every one of those people has some gift, like understanding animals or running very fast, or some talent, like drawing or music or math or creating songs or poems or stories,…

Eating Disorders and Teenagers: Programs, Treatments, & Help

In the United States, as many as 10 in 100 young women suffer from an eating disorder. Overeating related to tension, poor nutritional habits and food fads are relatively common eating problems for youngsters. In addition, two psychiatric eating disorders, anorexia nervosa and bulimia, are on the increase among teenage girls and young women and often run in families.These eating disorders also occur in boys, but less often.

Eating disorders may begin as a diet or new workout routine that gets more restrictive and obsessive over time. Teens may stop spending time with family or friends in order to exercise longer, or may cut out food groups until their diet consists of a limited number of low-calorie foods.
The most common teen eating disorders are:
Anorexia — Restricting food intake by dramatically limiting calories and/or exercising excessively.Binge Eating Disorder — Regularly binging on large amounts of food without purging.Bulimia — Binging on large amounts of food and …

Teen Drinking and Driving

In the United States, car crashes are the leading cause of death among teenagers. If drunk driving statistics are to be believed, the rising trend of teenagers driving under the influence of alcohol is to be blamed for this.
In teenagers―those who resort to binge drinking in particular―alcohol is often the root cause of overconfidence of being able to handle anything. Then there is the case of peer pressure, wherein a teen will be forced to take the wheel when he is drunk, even if he doesn't want to. This, for some people, is just a means for deriving 'some fun'. In either case, driving safety takes the backseat, and what follows is a disaster. 
A boy in his teens is 18 times more likely to crash his vehicle when he has a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.05 percent than a boy in the same age group who is sober. In girls, the likelihood of a crash is three times more than what it is in case of boys.


Most of the drivers forget to use their seat belts after consum…

How to make sure our kids facebook posts are appropriate

If you have an underage child on Facebook – and this pertains to all ages of our kids on Facebook – We at Beauty Within Teen Esteem Foundation, strongly recommend that as part of the privilege and responsibility for using the site is that you be “friends” with your child.  This gives you an open door into what he/she posts, language used by them and others, unfamiliar friends, how much personal info they are sharing and choices they make. Parents need to set guidelines and boundaries with their children and let them know that your privilege for having a Facebook account comes only with complete and open access by you the parent. That to have this privilege you will be having ongoing discussion about “friends” on Facebook, posts and anything else you the parent feels necessary to discuss.  This is one way to help keep your child safe on line.
Aside from this, 13 is generally the age when kids start developing a broader understanding of the world around them and, along wit…

Every year Memorial Day brings people together in the United States to honor fallen service members

Despite the modern spirit of patriotic camaraderie, Memorial Day has its roots in one of the most divisive events in U.S. history: the Civil War.

My mission:

Will you stand with me to change the child poverty culture in America and pitch in $5, $25 or whatever you can before our April deadline in 2 days? Your gift will be matched dollar for dollar.
Not everyone wants to move our country forward, but I’m not going to let that stop me. My vision of an America that works for the people is within reach, and worth fighting for, but I can’t do this alone. If you've saved your payment information with Pay Pal, your donation will go through immediately:
P.S. If we hit our $5,000 goal by the end of the month, our donor match will turn that into $10,000.  We don't want to miss this amazing chance--will you chip in whatever you can today and have your donation doubled?



Thanks again for your encouragement and support.
Sincerely,

Eric Devezin
Founder






Teens Helping Teens

Celebrate National Volunteer Week April 2015

Plan Your Earth Day Celebrations

While Earth Day is officially on Wednesday, April 22nd, many of our communities are taking the coming month to celebrate and raise awareness for Earth Day. I encourage you to volunteer for a local environmental organization, hike one of the trails in the Santa Monica Mountains, start a recycling program at your school or workplace, and attend one of these community Earth Day Events. City of Calabasas Earth Day Celebration/Green Expo
Saturday, April 11 from 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Las Virgenes Creek on Agoura Rd.
For more information: http://www.cityofcalabasas.com/earth-day.html City of Santa Clarita Earth Arbor Day
Saturday, April 11 from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Central Park, 27150 Bouquet Canyon Rd.
For more information: http://greensantaclarita.com/ Earth Day Open House at Chatsworth Nature Preserve
Sunday, April 12 from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Chatsworth Nature Preserve, enter the park through the chain-link fence gate on Valley Circle Blvd., just southwest of the…

Give your teen a chance to win a mentorship experience with Steve Harvey

Giving teens the opportunity to excel is just one more way that you can support the next generation and build tomorrow’s leaders today. Nominate Now! for the Coca-Cola Pay It Forward Academy, plus a $5,000 scholarship. Every teen has a gift.
The true measure of a teen’s talent can’t always be captured on a paper test – that’s why Parents have to keep their eyes and ears open to help their teen find that talent to not only excel at, but also love and enjoy. Because after all, work isn’t work if you’re doing what you love. One of the biggest challenges college-bound seniors face is figuring out how to pay for school. Applying for scholarships should be one of the first steps in their search. However, scholarship myths continue to flourish and need to be dispelled.

Don’t count yourself out just because you are not the valedictorian, class president, or star athlete. There are scholarships available for many interests, backgrounds, and abilities. The bottom line is – APPLY — an…

First Aid for Children

We believe first aid is a life skill that everyone can and should learn. We want every one to have the opportunity to learn the skills and gain the confidence to save lives!
We all need help at times in our lives. We all have accidents now and again and we all get hurt.
When we are injured or suddenly unwell, what we want and need is someone to help us – someone who knows what to do. First aid is all about helping people in situations like this.This website will help you learn first aid so that you know what to do. It’s easier than you think, and there are simple things that you can do to help.

Life. Live it. will help you stay safe and help others. Simple actions can make a big difference – you can even become a life–saver. Are you ready to help? Purchase a First Aid Kit today!

Break the silence. Stop Domestic Violence

We can all take steps to stop domestic violence. If you or a loved one is trying to leave an abusive relationship, it's important to remember the person who is hurting you or your loved one is the person who needs to change. However, your abuser may be unable or unwilling change.

Q: What can I do to stop domestic violence?

Anyone can help stop domestic violence by taking these steps:

    Call the police if you see or hear evidence of domestic violence.
    Speak out publicly against domestic violence. For example, if you hear a joke about beating your spouse, let that person know you aren't ok with that kind of humor.
    Maintain a healthy, respectful romantic relationship as a model for your children and others.
    Refer your neighbor, co-worker, friend, or family member to a domestic violence outreach organization if you suspect he or she is being abused.
    Consider reaching out to your neighbor, co-worker, friend, or family member that you believe is being abusive by …

Search For A College

There are many factors to consider when trying to find the right college for you. It can be an overwhelming decision when you start to look at all the different options you have for choosing a school. How do you know what is right for you?
A good way to make the best decision for you is to make a list of factors in order of importance. When you start looking at colleges, you can immediately discount the ones that don’t meet your criteria. For example, if finances are a main concern, you can immediately cross off schools that don’t meet your budget or those that do not offer enough financial assistance
While there is no absolute rule, we recommend to most students that they have two to three colleges in each of the three different flavors. This insures that you are reaching for your fullest potential while guaranteeing that you'll be accepted to some great colleges that you can choose to attend.

Here’s a key question to ask every college: How does the college rank in …

Beauty Within~ Teen Esteem®

Teens and teeth whitening - Beauty Within Teen Esteem wants to know.

Is it OK for tweens and teens to reach for the bleach in their quest for a 'pretty' pearly white smile? What parents need to know, first. Your child's dentist can tell you whether he or she is a good candidate for teeth whitening. According to the American Dental Association's Mouth Healthy web site, whitening products are meant for natural tooth enamel – and won't work on fillings, crowns or veneers. And sensitive teeth, cavities, cracked teeth and gum disease should be addressed before bleaching, because whitening treatments can exacerbate these problems, leading to unneeded pain.

Bresee Film Festival 2015

Make a 3 minute or less film in any genre about current U.S. policy on Immigration Reform and you’ll be eligible to have your film shown on the big screen and possibly earn one of five great awards. 3 Minute Festival Example
Submission deadline: May 1, 2015. Festival date: Saturday, May 16, 2015.More info