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Lauren Forcella

Lauren Forcella is the author of the syndicated Q&A teen advice column, Straight Talk for Teens. She writes with a panel of about 70 young people teens, tweens, college students and young adults up to age 25 from around the nation and presents their voices. The column is the go-to for parents, teachers, business leaders, and teens because the information is honest, accurate and doesn't shy away from sensitive topics.

Lauren has a master's degree in interdisciplinary consciousness studies, is a former high school teacher, mother of 4, and co-founder of the non-profit Teens-Matter. The column is currently in 18 California papers and the Toledo Blade in Ohio. You can read the column at and can follow her on Twitter at