Welcome to the first ever

Teens Grow Greens video series made by our Teens for Kids!

Since the beginning of June, the Teens have been doing a lot of work in community gardens: weeding, planting, mulching, watering, and, finally, watching things grow!

The Teens usually work with Kids like you one-on-one during the summers, but we want to keep everyone safe.  So the Teens came "straight outta the garden" and headed home to create this video series just for you so that you can grow, too!    


How will the videos help you grow?  Each week for 7 weeks, we'll feature a fun new episode focused on a different character trait.  The Teens will Energize you, help you Think, lead you in Play, Read to you, and Teach you all about the week's character trait.

But what's a character trait?  We're glad you asked!  A trait is something that's a part of you, like your hair color or fingerprint.  It can also be something that's harder to see, like kindness or bravery.  

Our series this year will focus on 7 traits: Curiosity, Purpose, Grit & Growth Mindset, Self-control, Optimism, Creativity, and Proactivity.

Let's get started!


Episode 1: Curiosity

Release Date 6/29/20

What is curiosity?  

We know you want to know.  Right?

Well, that is what curiosity is!  It is something we are all born with (hey, that is a "character trait"!).  

When you are born, your eyes are shut.  But when you open them for the first time, you see light and fuzzy things.  You hear sounds.  You feel hands cradling your body.  You do not know that the light is from something called a ceiling or that the fuzzy thing is a nurse or that the hands holding your little baby bottom are your mother's hands.  

But you really want to know what all of this is!

You eventually learn that curiosity will get you things (like when you try crying to get milk) or get you hurt (like when you try standing up for the first time--ouch!)

As you get older and start to talk, you start asking questions.  Who?  What?  When?  Where?  These are important questions that help you learn about your world and your place in it.  

Then you start asking How? and Why?  And that is when the real learning begins.  How does the sun go up and down?  Why do I have to do my chores?  How are babies made?  Why do people hurt each other?

Get ready to learn more about curiosity from curious people just like you--just a little older.

Curiosity: Energize!

We now know that curious people ask lots of questions.  And we know that you are curious!  So let's memorize the 6 big questions that every curious person asks: Who?  What?  When?  Where?  Why?  How?


Presented by Breanna Taylor

Curiosity: Play!

How far can your curiosity fly?  Fly?  That's right!  Let's build some paper airplanes and see how far they fly.  Can your airplane fly farther than Karina's airplane?  Why do you think so?


Presented by Karina Soto

Curiosity: Learn!

A flower can't change its color, right?  If it's a dandelion, it can only be yellow.  If it's a red rose, it can only be red.  Or can the dandelion change to red and the rose change to yellow?  Let's pick some flowers and see!


Presented by Te'kyla Miller

Curiosity: Read!

If you'd like to read along, you can get the book at your local library, bookstore, or Amazon.com.

Curiosity: Read Again!

Young Ada Marie Twist is full of questions, which turn into experiments.  But not everyone, especially her parents, understands her never-ending curiosity.  Let's see if Ada's parents can realize her passion and her gift as a young scientist!


Presented by Zion Woods and Anthony Horton


Food for thought . . .


Created by Anthony Horton

You have two boxes.  Each box  has a mystery prize inside.  One prize is better than the other but you don't know which one it is until you pick one.  How will you make your choice?

Something strange is happening down the block.  Will you walk to see what's happening or will you stay put?

I put a special toy in front of you and say "Don't touch it."  Do you just sit there and wonder why I said this or are you going to be curious and see what is special about the toy?  Why?

You want to be successful in life.  Will you be ok with watching the process, do hard work, and doing things honestly or will you be curious and try sneaky or easy way?

Episode 2: Purpose

Release Date 7/6/20

What is purpose?  

This is a purpose, right?

No?  Ohhhhh.  That's a PORPOISE!  You're pretty smart!

So what's PURPOSE?  A purpose is a commitment to making a meaningful contribution to the world.  In other words, it means that you decide you want to give something good to the world or do something good for it . . . then do it . . . and mean it!

You know how you can do something "by accident" or do something "on purpose"?  The accident wasn't your fault.  You didn't mean to knock over that glass of milk!  It was an . . . accident!  You didn't see it!

But if you decided to knock over the glass of milk because you were frustrated, then you did it on purpose.  You were in control.  You meant to do it.

So think of something good that you'd like to give to the world or something good that you'd like to do.  That's your PURPOSE!

Purpose gives your life direction.  It moves you forward, not backward.  You want to get older and better and smarter, right?  You have goals and dreams, right?  

Then think about what your purpose is.  The Teens have some activities to help you out!

Purpose: Energize!

Remember how we said that purpose moves you forward?  Let's get moving with some stretches, running in place, and more!


Presented by Deandrea Foster

Purpose: Play!

What is the purpose of a piece of paper?  It could be to get written or drawn on, right?  But what if you start folding it, then folding it again, and again?  If you have ever tried origami, or the Japanese art of folding paper, you know you can turn a piece of paper into almost anything . . . and give the paper a new purpose.  Let's see what Branden makes!


Presented by Branden Shine

Purpose: Think!

Another definition of purpose is the reason we do something.  The "why."  For example, why do we wear a face mask in public?  Why do we give gifts to our family?  Olivia asks you to think about a big question: What would life be like if no one had purpose?


Presented by Olivia May

Purpose: Read!

If you'd like to read along, you can get the book at your local library, bookstore, or Amazon.com.


A young boy named Nikolai is searching for the answers to three big questions about purpose: When is the best time to do things?  Who is the most important one?  What is the right thing to do?  How will he find his answers?  Read along!


Presented by Deandrea Foster

Click, print, and color!


More food for thought . . .


Created by Dominic Inouye

What is the purpose of this tool?

a. eating spaghetti

b. brushing hair

c. pounding nails

What is the purpose of this tool?

a. cutting wood

b. hitting baseballs

c. fishing

What is the purpose of this tool?

a. watering plants

b. painting

c. stirring soup

Those answers were easy!  But what is the purpose of YOU?

Next week: Learn about Grit and Growth Mindset!

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