How teens can be safer at house parties

How teens can be safer at house parties
“Teens today cannot live their lives in a bubble.  They should be aware of the dangers in certain situations, especially those present at an unsupervised house party,” said a Chicago Police Officer. Teens could think that they’re safe at a house party just because they may know the person throwing it, but they don’t know... Read more »

Chicago Public Schools students working on womanhood (W.O.W.)

W.O.W. (Working on Womanhood) is a school-based counseling, mentoring, character development, and educational enrichment program that promotes social, emotional and behavioral skills in at- risk female youth. At-risk female youth are young woman who have it a little bit harder than others and need support. W.O.W’s five core values are self-awareness, emotional intelligence, healthy relationships,... Read more »

Chicago Public Schools student asks, "How tolerant is my school toward gay teens?"

Chicago Public Schools student asks, "How tolerant is my school toward gay teens?"
Many people here at Hancock High School think the Hancock community is mostly accepting of the small LGBT community that it has, because you don’t hear students or teachers talking about negatively about it. The gay/lesbian/bisexual/transsexual/transgender (LGBT)  students feel that Hancock is a sort of a haven for them, where they can be themselves without... Read more »
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Chicago Public Schools students review Luna Gale at the Goodman Theatre

Chicago Public Schools students review Luna Gale at the Goodman Theatre
Luna Gale a play written by Rebecca Gilman currently being performed at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago. Luna Gale’s story covers the struggles a social worker has to deal with when faced with the difficult decision as to where to place the child of two meth addicts – either with the parents who are struggling... Read more »

Chicago Public Schools student reminds us--teen romance ain't forever

Chicago Public Schools student reminds us--teen romance ain't forever
Relationships in high school are typically deemed to never ultimately work out. There are situations and scenarios that prohibit the relationship to further prosper – welcome to high school. There are so many things teenagers experience during their high school years, it becomes predominantly difficult to maintain and manage, not only their academic life, but... Read more »

Chicago Public Schools students react to sex ed changes

Shairi Bernal, a 16-year-old sophomore at Hancock High School, started to learn about sex when she was a freshman at the age of 15. She’s in favor of kindergarten students having a Sex Ed class because that way they know what’s right and what’s wrong at a younger age.  “One interesting thing I learned in... Read more »
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Why a female Chicago Public Schools student chose the military

“Why are you moving so slow PR!?” the sergeant screamed in my face as the sweat was dripping down from it. His spit combined with my sweat and it moved down my eyelids as it slowly reached my lips. The sweat and spit sat on my upper lip giving me the ability to smell it... Read more »

Chicago Public Schools student explains why we need more kindness

Kindness is not about the idealistic concept of doing what is expected of an individual but doing a humble act that will pull the strings in the heart of a person. When I was around the age of nine, my uncle Tulio and I had an annual tradition of going downtown every spring. The best... Read more »

The decisions you make affect your future (Montgomery Group 26)

In the book the Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie and Hole In My Life by Jack Gantos, both protagonists share factors of family and future. These values influenced their decisions. Jack has to decide if he should turn himself in or not, and Junior has to decided if he... Read more »
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Is Being A Risk Taker Easy? (Montgomery Group 25)

       Decision making isn’t easy. There are consequences that go along with decision making. Sometimes you have to make sure that the action you’re going to take is positive. There are four different factors to make a decision. Those factors are values, personality, propensity of risk, and potential for dissonance. In the story  by Sherman Alexie,... Read more »