Once again, this is advice for your teen, and it’s given to them by a teen. (We’ll wait while you hand them your phone.) Teens: Part of growing up means learning how to advocate for yourself. It means knowing when to ask for help and recognizing when to speak up. It includes asking for and accepting more responsibilities. Sometimes it is about knowing when to plead your case. As we begin to define our ideas and form our identity outside of our relationships with our parents, we must learn how to speak up for ourselves. We’ll tell you how.

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This article was written by the former chair of our Youth Advisory Board, Sarah Hinstorff, with contributions by Youth Advisory Board members Gaby Baum and Justin Robinson.

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