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Available 5.23.23

"Stephanie Krauss demonstrates her grasp of the youth mental health crisis we face today and provides the guidance we need to cope with it. This compelling new work is for everyone who cares about young people – not just professionals – and I’m so grateful she has contributed to our understanding with such focus and compassion."


- Chuck Ingoglia, President and CEO,

National Council for Mental Wellbeing

If you care for kids in any capacity, pick up this book right now. It's innovative, humane, solution-oriented, and both powerful and incredibly practical.


--Anya Kamenetz, Author, The Stolen Year


Meet Stephanie Malia

Relentlessly focused on what kids need to thrive in changing and challenging times.

I am a mom with a background in education and social work. Through my experiences teaching and running a school, I know getting young people to succeed academically does not always mean they are healthy, happy, or ready for what comes next. This was true in my own life. As a high school dropout, I needed people and opportunities within and beyond school to help me live and learn.

Today I work at the intersection of education, youth development, workforce development, and human services. My work and writing focuses on what young people and the adults who care for them need to thrive now and in the future. I am fortunate to work with brilliant leaders across the US to advocate for and build systems, structures, policies, and practices to make that possible.


I am the founder and principal consultant of First Quarter Strategies LLC, a senior fellow to Education Northwest and the CERES Institute for Children & Youth, a senior advisor for Children's Funding Project, and a staff consultant for the Youth Transition Funders Group. You can learn more about my current projects and ways to work together by visiting my consulting page or clicking here.

I am the author of Making It: What Today's Kids Need for Tomorrow's World and regularly write for EdSurge and Scary Mommy. My next book, Whole Child, Whole Life: 10 Ways to Help Kids Live, Learn, and Thrive will be released on May 23, 2023.



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ABOUT My First Book

The world feels volatile and uncertain. Major disruptions, from global pandemics to economic crises, are forcing us to live, learn, and work in new ways. Today's kids are growing up in the midst of rapid change. By the time they reach adulthood, things could look pretty different.


This book goes beyond the question of what young people need to succeed in school, to ask what they need to be ready for life. Explore the four currencies today's kids need to make it in tomorrow's world: competencies, connections, credentials, and cash. Learn how you can be a currency-builder in young people's lives.


An Amazon #1 new release in multiple categories, Making It is essential reading for anyone who wants to ensure that young people are prepared for adulthood and able to thrive in changing and trying times.

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“Krauss offers the roadmap we need to get kids ready for a rapidly changing and challenging world. Her call for every adult and educator to become a currency-builder is one we should take seriously. This is a must read.” 


—  Arne Duncan, former US Secretary of Education

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