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Drive away distractions to protect teens behind the wheel

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(BPT) – Today’s teens face more distractions than any generation before.

Many don’t recall a time when they were not continuously connected to their friends. Cell phones – which might have been provided as a safety precaution in case Mom or Dad was running late picking them up from school – are now the source of constant messaging, sharing and media consumption.

Teens send texts instead of passing notes in class. They share moments with their peers and the world in the form of photos and short videos. Music, food and transportation can arrive on demand, all with the swipe of a finger. Being away from their phones, even for a short period of time, can even cause a form of separation anxiety expressed in the acronym FOMO (fear of missing out).

So it should come as no surprise that cell phone use is the offense most commonly associated with distracted driving. However, it’s not the only type of distraction.

“A lot of people think they’re better drivers than they actually are, which is why they take unnecessary risks when they’re behind the wheel,” said Randy Petro, chief claims officer for Mercury Insurance. “We see a lot of claims related to distracted driving, including parents turning to scold arguing children, adjusting the infotainment system, and even taking photos while driving. Your first priority once you start piloting any vehicle should be to focus on the task at hand – driving.”

Ten percent of all drivers ages 15 to 19 who were involved in fatal crashes were distracted at the time of the crashes, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). NHTSA also reports that 660,000 people drive distracted every day.

Teens aren’t the only ones who feel the need to be connected – adults are guilty of it, too.

Many of the teens who are glued to their smartphones have witnessed their parents answering emails at the dinner table or have seen them shoot a “quick text” while driving. Teens have grown up learning that this type of behavior is acceptable and maybe even expected. However, there’s a right time and a right place for everything.

“The first thing parents need to do is practice what they preach. Teenagers won’t always be receptive to ‘because I say so’ or ‘because I’m the adult,’ especially if they witness their parents actively engaging in a behavior they’re being told is bad,” adds Petro. “We as adults need to set a proper example – after all, we do have the advantage of more life experience.”

Parents should set a powerful example by committing not to drive distracted if they want their children to do the same. If necessary, parents can also invest in technology to monitor and disable phones while their teens are driving to eliminate the temptation altogether.

“No Instagram post, bite of a burger or playlist selection is worth someone else’s life. People are mainly in a car to get from point A to point B, and our wish is for them to do it safely,” says Petro.

There are several excellent online resources that provide tips and information to help prepare teens for life behind the wheel, including Mercury Insurance’s Drive Safe Challenge and NHTSA’s Distraction.gov.

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Episode 115 | Yvonne Anglada, IDEA Harvey E. Najim College Prep (IDEA Public Schools)

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Today’s guest is Yvonne Anglada, IDEA Harvey E. Najim College Prep (IDEA Public Schools)

Yvonne Anglada joined IDEA Public Schools in October of 2012 as a Vice President of Schools. Her love for students and campus life led her to transition back to a campus. She joined IDEA Mission College Prep, where she served as the College Prep Principal from July 2013-May 2017. During her four years at IDEA Mission, she prioritized academics, high expectations for all and building a culture of pride and traditions. As Founding Principal for IDEA Harvey Najim, Yvonne is looking to creating a familial culture where families know that they are an intricate part of their child’s education; establishing a culture of possibilities for all of her students so that each one experiences success and knows that their capabilities are endless.

IDEA Public Schools is a public charter school that was founded in the Rio Grande Valley in 2000. Since then, IDEA has opened schools in Austin and San Antonio, El Paso, Texas and Baton Rouge. IDEA is the fastest-growing, highest-achieving charter school network in the country, with 79 schools serving nearly 45,000 students. IDEA schools are committed to ensuring that all students are prepared to succeed on the road to and through college, and its families, students, and staff are proving that college is possible for all children.

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Episode 97 | Book Author Myunique C. Green

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Today’s guest is Myunique C. Green

Book: To Mend a Broken Heart

Description: “I just want to write the words as I feel them bleeding from this old heart of mine…”

Bad memories are never really forgotten. Just suppressed under the mountain of lies we’ve told ourselves, so that the painful ones are easier to bear. I remember a lot, and my life has been emotionless for a long time. I recall watching as my mother was beaten bloody in front of me, and then, as if I were old news, I was cast away. Until now, I’ve been patching the holes in my heart with band-aids; but I’m ready to feel again. So that true healing can finally begin.

Women are wonderfully made with a heart that can easily accommodate and deal with several life challenges. While some can outlive or outgrow these negative experiences to become better adults, others are not so lucky and usually live their lives in the shadow of their past experiences and memories. Dedicated to the girls who turned into broken women, To Mend a Broken Heart is a guide to growth, healing and learning to love again. Now a TOP 100 Bestseller in Love & Relationships, Self-Help!

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All Sports Speed and Conditioning is the top sports performance training gyms in San Antonio, and has produce many collegiate and professional athletes since opening. All Sports was founded in 1997 by Bremond “Bay Bay” McClinton. All Sports is based out of the beautiful city of San Antonio, TX. Having accomplished his own career in professional sports; starting a company like All Sports was a natural transition for him. Bay Bay is a native of San Antonio, TX. His 100 meter dash in High School at Roosevelt High in San Antonio was not broken until recently. In college Bay Bay played opposite the great future hall of famer, Darrell Green. He went on to sign a professional career with the Houston Oilers, Dallas Cowboys and played 7 years in the European Leagues before returning to his home town to finish his career “San Antonio Texans”. In 2006, his company, All Sports administered the strength and conditioning program for the East vs West Shriners’s college senior bowl. In 2008-09, All Sports administered the strength and conditioning program for the Division II college Senior Cactus Bowl All Star game in Kingsville. Today All Sports Speed and Conditioning continues to train athletes to elevate their athletic performance to the next level in all sports.

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Episode 90 | Victoria Khaze of Money Munchkids®

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Today’s guest on I Am Refocused Podcast is Victoria Khaze of Money Munchkids®

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Victoria has almost a decade in business and over five years in marketing. She specializes in small business strategy and marketing. Victoria is a four-time published poet and has been featured in several local and national publications. Victoria believes in hard work and leading by example. She has been an entrepreneur since she was in elementary school when she started her first business making and selling jewelry. Despite her business bug Victoria has a laid back and casual demeanor. She’s creative, silly and almost always the first person to make a joke. Oh, and she’s a total nerd.

“Be the change you wish to see in the world” – Mahatma Gandhi
“The only person you’re truly competing against is yourself.” – Captin Picard S1 Ep19

Money Munchkids® Mission
Money Munchkids® is a company dedicated to teaching kids between K-3rd Grade financial literacy and money management. The goal of Money Munchkids® is to teach children about basic financial terms and principles in order to provide a sound foundation for their lives as adults and the financial responsibilities that await them.

About Money Munchkids®
Money Munchkids® was started in 2013 by Victoria Khaze. After over a year of research and beta testing, she launched the Money Munchkids, starting with the Financial Education Kids Course which has been in several LAUSD schools and recreation centers. Since then we have created educational activity books, educational home kits and a financial education curriculum for school classrooms. Money Munchkids has been featured by CNBC, California Jumpstart for financial education, LA Parent magazine, ADDitude magazine, several parenting websites and radio shows.

About The Creator
Victoria Khaze is the creator of Money Munchkids®. Money Munchkids® is important to Victoria because of her little brother and so many of the kids she’s known in her life. Victoria often saw kids mimic adults by “using their credit card” or saying they’ll just “go to the bank and get the money” for something. It showed her that a lot of kids aren’t taught about money. It was these personal experiences that brought Money Munchkids® to life.

“I believe the best gift we can give children is knowledge and a good foundation for all of the financial decisions and responsibilities they will face in the future.”
~ Victoria Khaze

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All Sports Speed and Conditioning is the top sports performance training gyms in San Antonio, and has produce many collegiate and professional athletes since opening. All Sports was founded in 1997 by Bremond “Bay Bay” McClinton. All Sports is based out of the beautiful city of San Antonio, TX. Having accomplished his own career in professional sports; starting a company like All Sports was a natural transition for him. Bay Bay is a native of San Antonio, TX. His 100 meter dash in High School at Roosevelt High in San Antonio was not broken until recently. In college Bay Bay played opposite the great future hall of famer, Darrell Green. He went on to sign a professional career with the Houston Oilers, Dallas Cowboys and played 7 years in the European Leagues before returning to his home town to finish his career “San Antonio Texans”. In 2006, his company, All Sports administered the strength and conditioning program for the East vs West Shriners’s college senior bowl. In 2008-09, All Sports administered the strength and conditioning program for the Division II college Senior Cactus Bowl All Star game in Kingsville. Today All Sports Speed and Conditioning continues to train athletes to elevate their athletic performance to the next level in all sports.

I Am Refocused Podcast Sponsored by D.W. Brooks Funeral Home
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Phone: 210-223-2045
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