Who are you?

Julia Bolz: Well I grew up in Madison, Wisconsin.  And one of the things about Madison is it’s about as stable as it can possibly be here in the United States.  But one of the things about Madison is that “international” tends to be Iowa.  And when I decided I was interested in practicing internationally, I ended up having to move away from Madison to go to one of the various coasts.  But what Madison gave me was a greater grounding and a stability that allows me to have the confidence to move on to other parts of the world.My family was a great influence.  My mother and father were involved with lots of activities – volunteer activities in the community, as were my grandparents.  And they really showed me that serving the community was an extremely important value.

Question: What did you think you'd be doing professionally when you grew up?

Julia Bolz: I had many ambitions.  I first thought I would become a doctor.  And in fact I applied to medical school. I subsequently have been working as a lawyer, and here I am serving almost as a public speaker and advocate for kids.

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The culprit of increased depression among teens? Smartphones, new research suggests.

A new study, led by psychologist Jean Twenge, points to the screen as the problem.

A teenager eyes her smartphone as people enjoy a warm day on the day of silence, one day prior to the presidential elections, when candidates and political parties are not allowed to voice their political meaning on April 14, 2018 in Kotor, Montenegro. Citizens from Montenegro, the youngest NATO member, will vote for a new president on Sunday 15 2018. (Photo by Pierre Crom/Getty Images)
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  • In a new study, adolescents and young adults are experiencing increased rates of depression and suicide attempts.
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