Clothes, a new hair style, hanging with a new crowd…  When it’s not REALLY you, you know it. And that’s a good thing!

Clothes, a new hair style, hanging with a new crowd…  When it’s not REALLY you, you know it. And that’s a good thing!

Doh! When’s the last time this happened to you?It happens. But it happens less when you think for yourself AND speak for yourself. Want more fun GIFs? Here ya go: http://abovetheinfluence.tumblr.com/gifs

Doh! When’s the last time this happened to you?
It happens. But it happens less when you think for yourself AND speak for yourself.

Want more fun GIFs? Here ya go: http://abovetheinfluence.tumblr.com/gifs

Great advice, especially going into a new school year! Above the Influence of…  making snap judgments.

Great advice, especially going into a new school year! Above the Influence of…  making snap judgments.

As everyone gets ready to face a brand new school year, and a whole bunch of new influences to go along with it, we thought it’d be a good time to drop a brand new commercial!

Which do you think is tougher? Making the move up to Jr. High or High School?Want to see more fun GIFs? Here ya go: http://abovetheinfluence.tumblr.com/gifs

Which do you think is tougher? Making the move up to Jr. High or High School?

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Anonymous said: Every time I try to talk to my friends about the harm of their pot smoking, they think I'm joking! Is there any way to get my point across and be taken seriously?

That’s a tough one. A really tough one.

Marijuana is complicated and much-debated. Change is happening quickly, headlines are often conflicting, and a lot of adults and parents aren’t even sure what to think. But the one thing pretty much everyone agrees on - even if it’s usually buried at the end of the story - is that it still poses risks to teens. 

We look to the best research-based information we can in order to help teens know the facts and make their own informed decisions. And the fact remains that marijuana poses some unique risks to the teen brain, which believe it or not, is still developing until your early 20’s.

If you haven’t already, check out the information on our website: http://abovetheinfluence.com/drugs/marijuana/#facts

The most important thing you can do is understand the risks for yourself, and make your own best decisions. You can let your friends know the risks as well (stick to the facts, try not to judge or get preachy), but at the end of the day, we can’t tell anyone what to do - or not do. We all have to come to own conclusions. 

Do you get nervous about the first day of school? We have it on pretty good authority that pretty much everybody does (why else would so many adults still have weird dreams about it?), so take comfort knowing that we’re all in this awful, awkward, nerve-wracking thing together. #yay

Do you get nervous about the first day of school? We have it on pretty good authority that pretty much everybody does (why else would so many adults still have weird dreams about it?), so take comfort knowing that we’re all in this awful, awkward, nerve-wracking thing together. #yay

Nobody ever said you should live a risk-free life. It’s all about knowing the difference between the ones you could grow from, and the ones you could get lost in.

Nobody ever said you should live a risk-free life. It’s all about knowing the difference between the ones you could grow from, and the ones you could get lost in.

Because it’s WEDNESDAY! 

Because it’s WEDNESDAY! 

Every day, you face pressure to be different things for different people – fit in, stand out, fall in line, test the rules. No wonder it's easy to lose track of who you really are. But you have another option. Press pause, hit reset, and remember that it's up to you. You are Above the Influence.

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