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How to Build a Better Relationship with Your Teen - Part 3 of 4

December 15, 2018

How to Build a Better Relationship with Your Teen - Part 2 of 4

October 21, 2018

How to Build a Better Relationship with Your Teen - Part 1 of 4

August 7, 2018

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December 15, 2018

What can you do if you don't have a great relationship with your teen? Can it get better? Is it too late?

October 21, 2018

What separates the people we listen to and the people we’d rather not get advice from? How does that relate to why some teens don’t listen to their parents?

August 7, 2018

I've heard parents resign to the supposedly reality that the teenage years "are a phase." At Orenda, we are convinced this isn't an unavoidable truth.

November 20, 2017

Over the past 12 weeks, Orenda has held an incredible program that taught students to become more confident, self-aware, and responsible for their own lives. We also taught valuable life-skills including how to make and deepen relationships, how to become more motivate...

October 23, 2017

During our Week 8 workshop, we built upon last week’s topic of social fluency. Last week we covered frameworks and techniques around how to make new friends and build deeper relationships. This week we had a “buffet-style” workshop where students could choose from a li...

October 16, 2017

In Week 6 of Orenda’s group session, we conducted a workshop for our Orenda parents to teach them a technique called motivational interviewing, a powerful conversational tool to build trust, empathy and help create intrinsic motivation in the person who is on the recei...

October 9, 2017

“What advice would you give to your 15-year-old self?”

That is one of 27 questions we answered during Week 5 of Orenda’s group session.

Last week we brought together young working professionals who grew up in similar environments to share with parents who want to better...

October 1, 2017

In Week 4 of Orenda’s group session, students learned about a technique developed by Stanford Professor BJ Fogg that can help them turn their values into actions. They took the formula Behavior = Motivation + Ability + Trigger and constructed Tiny Habits for themselves...

September 25, 2017

In Week 3 of Orenda’s group session, students thought, reflected and shared about what their core values are. Students participated in an activity called the 6 Lives Exercise, invented by Professor Richard Shell at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Bus...

September 18, 2017

During Orenda’s last group session, we asked students to dive into some of the most important questions they could ask themselves: what kind of life do they want to live? And what sort of person do they want to be? Students also verbalized what made them feel happy, mo...

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