Category Teenagers

A Vigil for Children: Four Steps You Can Take To End Violence Against Youth

The turnout was small, but not lacking in passionate voices at the San Diego vigil for youth(age 23 and younger) killed by police in San Diego, and nationally. Since majority of people killed by police are non-white, racial profiling was brought up as a main issue along with police brutality, biased media reporting and how […]

Confusing the Discriminated With the Status Quo: How We Alter Body Images is Unhealthy…Period!

I just read an article about Verily magazine which promises not to alter the bodies or faces of models with photo software. I was enjoying it until I get to the comment section full of “righteous annoyance” towards the “unfairness” that model should no longer be allowed to continue with the unhealthy status quo of […]

Voice 4 Society 2013 Star Search Writing Contest

Voice 4 Society is hosting a writing contest for all ages. The theme is Inspirational Stories for Youth. Hurry up and start writing, the deadline is Dec 22nd. You can enter more than one essay and it’s free to enter.  More details on the Voice 4 Society Blog. The give away material prizes and the […]

GLOwing with Love: Healing through helping others with Gloria Mengel

I love to read about people who fight the odds to help themselves and still find time to help others. Two of those people are Tammy and Gloria Mengel. Gloria is a  beautiful 15 year old who has  been through the ringer the past 5 year. She was first diagnosed with a brain tumor in […]

What do you say when your teenager’s classmate commits suicide?

Sunday was a gorgeous day and I was on my way out the door to catch the bus when my roommates 13 year old daughter walked up the steps. She had been down the street at her church’s youth group. I asked how her class was and she offered the usual response of  “It was […]

Attention Men and Boys. You Are Being Pigeonholed as Violent Cavemen Who Are Incapable of Equality

Last week I saw a post online from my younger male cousin. He shared an experience in his sociology class. The professor asked everyone in the class to raise their hands if they identified as “feminists”. He was the only person in the class of men and women, to raise his hand. He went on […]

Role Model: Kirin Macapugay of BIBAK Youth San Diego

Preserving and celebrating our culture is a wonderful gift. Culture gives an individual a unique identity and character. It enables us to find value in our lives and gives us a foundation on how to live. Traditions that are passed to each new generation connect older and younger members of family and community by creating […]

Fierce Fridays: Drama, Gossip, and Bullies

   Welcome to week eleven of sharing excerpts from the book, Fierce: A New Generation of Female Empowerment. This book is for those who have a desire to get the most out of life. Those who want to make positive change, but are not sure how to make it happen. It is for any age female […]

Role Model: Christopher McFadden of Philadelphia Youth Project

How do you get a whole community to change? Violence has become a way of life for many people in Philadelphia, but some residents have decided this must end. Christopher McFadden Jr. is working hard to end the violence that is destroying his hometown. He created the Philadelphia Youth Project(PYP) to rally his community to work […]

Fierce Friday: Let’s Talk About Sex

Welcome to week eight of sharing excerpts from the book, Fierce: A New Generation of Female Empowerment. This book is for those who have a desire to get the most out of life. Those who want to make positive change, but are not sure how to make it happen. It is for any age female who […]