police brutality, violence, shooting, leadership

Let’s Not Sugarcoat the Facts – By Travis Boothe

The episode of “The Lawn Chair” from the television series Scandal relates to our Love in Action class because everything that we see and hear changes the way teenagers and people in general view the events going on in the world today. The episode mainly focused on the problems between the police and citizens (mainly black people), and the struggles that they have to go through with each other. It also shows the things that leaders do without the [...]

walk in the park, bereavement, eating disorder, education

Not Just A Walk in the Park… All Lives Matter – By Hal Eisenberg, CEO

As I read this article (below) I thought about that day in the park. She was sitting there and on the surface she looked as if she was staring out at the universe blindly. At moments I didn’t know what to think. I was at a lost for words and all I hoped for was that my unconditional love for the soul sitting next to me would allow her to tell me what was going on. That day in [...]

the inner you, butterfly, eating disorders, self esteem

What Is Wrong With Our Medical Profession? By Hal Eisenberg, CEO

I was asked to write a reaction as a professional social worker who has worked with many youth and adults who are struggling with an Eating Disorder to the following quote in the article linked below. The original article is posted under my reaction. The article is actually a very good article on Binge Eating Disorder (BED) and is advocating for services but I am still appalled that there is not more being done professionally for those struggling. Education is [...]

shortstack, model, breaking the rules, youth leadership

Flurt: Shortstack Modeling Agency Dares to Break the Rules

It’s every girl’s dream, at one point or another, to become a model. Walking the runway, modeling clothes by famous designers, being on the cover of Vogue, Elle, Seventeen…what’s not to want? However, as much as being a cover girl may seem easy and breezy, so many things happen behind the scenes: Photoshop, body-shaming, height-shaming and the pressure to be and look like the ideal, just to name a few.

The Haiti Blogs: My Journey of Hope and Rediscovery – Pt 1

By Hal Eisenberg February 13, 2014 As I sit at my kitchen table and glance at the 6 to 10 inches of snow falling outside my window, it is hard to believe in just 24 hours we will finally (and hopefully) be touching down in Haiti for our Love in Action adventure. I wish I could say that is when the whirlwind will begin, but, as I am sure most of my readers who know me so well will attest, [...]

I Keynoted a Teen Conference Friday…and I remembered how much I love talking with young people!

By Dina Wilcox Windows of Opportunity (WOO)—a little not-for-profit with a huge heart and commitment to teens—sponsored its 9th annual DREAM OUT LOUD conference at St. John’s University on March 1st. I was honored to be the first speaker of the day. As always, the young people were amazing, so responsive, so kind, and so present. As I have many times in the past 20 years, I told my story of falling in love and getting caught in the AIDS epidemic. [...]

Inspiring Africa

By Hal S. Eisenberg, L.M.S.W. There was no doubt in my mind that I was an emotional wreck over this trip. I haven’t felt this way since I was 8 years old and my parents dropped me off at sleep away camp for the first time ever. I spent the first 48 hours of that camp experience crying. All these years later I feel the same apprehension and fear of the unknown. Will I come back? Will the plane crash? [...]

Let’s Shift the Label of This Generation

By Hal Eisenburg, L.M.S.W. A few weeks ago, I was standing on the corner of East 68th Street and 1st Avenue. As I closed my eyes I felt the cool wind of a spring night circulate around my body. I was completely in tune to all the amazing and eclectic sounds of the city night. I could hear each one as their very own distinct sound, just as a conductor must hear when steering his orchestra. I became totally present [...]

This is me…my name is Tracy…

I have what is called Neurocardiogenic Syncope (a.k.a. vasovagal syncope) …brought on by many years of malnutrition caused by an eating disorder called anorexia nervosa, with which I struggled with since I was a teen. Basically, syncope means “to faint” unexpectedly. There is no real danger in it except that if I don’t catch the symptoms in time and sit myself on the floor the fall from a standing position may result in my [...]

A Letter from Shortstack’s Founder & Program Director

By: Olivia Mignone For as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to model. The glamorous life of traveling the world, wearing designer clothing, meeting thousands of people and having your face plastered on billboards and magazines – sounds exciting, right? I believe most of the world has thought about this career choice at least once in their life, but for many, like myself, it becomes a passion. Yet years ago, I learned more about this world and industry, and [...]