Youthologist: Someone who studies, follows, and observes youth trends, activities and issues. Youthologists also work with youth as coaches and mentors.

Vanessa calls herself a youthologist because she loves working with and helping youth.  Not only does she work with hundreds of youth everyday writing articles, discussing current issues for teens and tweens, but she also connects with parents to share insights into their kids. There are two aspects of the youthologist mission:

1) Youth and Family Research

We are the hub for teaching and using studies in parenting advice. We specialize in using social and emotional literacy to connect teens and parents. By using research on social and emotional intelligence we teach parents and teens how to better read each other. This is a totally new technique in parenting and youth relationships. To follow this part of our program, check out these pages:

  • Science of Family Research: This is where we gather the latest research on families, youth and kids and put it into relevant and relatable articles so we can apply the research to our every day lives.
  • EmoSocial Intelligence Research: EmoSocial intelligence is a combination of emotional and social intelligence. It is a person’s ability to identify, assess, and control the emotions of oneself and then to be able to effectively interact, maintain and build relationships with others. We think this is an essential part of a mentor’s work with youth and an important part of child-parent interactions.

2) Youth Mentors

Vanessa also works with teens through her internship to train them on professional skills such as online media, blog PR and gives advice on career choices in writing, journalism and online publications.

If you would like to train to be a youthologist, email your resume to Vanessa selects 5 individuals every year to work with her and help them set-up their own youth mentoring practice.