The Guam Youth Congress was created in 1975 by then-Senator Carl T.C. Gutierrez as a training ground for Guam’s future leaders. Today, representatives from the island’s villages and schools gather to discuss and debate issues that plague our island. Christian Valencia, the Speaker of the House of Guam Youth Congress, believes that the organization provides the youth with an avenue to voice their concerns about issues that affect them and their communities. It gives them
The ever-present red heart emoji can be found in Instagram bios of teens and even children around the world, often accompanied by a “mention” of their significant other’s relationship. This is simply another way of expressing one’s caring for another person, just like a card, t-shirt or tattoo. It might, however, be one calling card of an interesting effect social media can have on teens around the world. According to Pew Research Center, 44% of
Energy drinks are the most popular dietary supplement (besides multivitamins) consumed by teenagers and young adults. They deliver a rush of caffeine, often ranging from 80 mg to 200 mg per serving, which provides a surge of energy and increased mental performance. Oftentimes, energy drinks are taken to aid in late-night study sessions, drowsy driving and night shifts. Although they may be helpful in the short-term, they can have lasting negative impacts on overall health.
With the current issues that affect teenagers such as gun control, racial equality, mental health and environmental safety, many young individuals are eager to express their constructive opinions and proposed solutions. Some others even go further and attempt to lower the voting age. Keanu Salas, a junior at George Washington High School, believes that the voting age should be changed to 16. Since students take history classes which encompass the current status of the U.S.
Many teenagers today join organizations to meet people with the same interests: sports, arts, or music. Despite the popular assemblies, some teens are enthralled with writing and the power of words. They believe that they could change the world by reporting issues in the news. In the island of Guam, The Scoop is an organization that consists of teen reporters who are interns for the Guam Daily Post. Ranging from entertaining to serious topics, the
Let’s be real: the way we use Instagram today is far more influential than the way it was intended to be used. What started off as a yet another photo sharing application has now become a revolutionary method of communication. Instagram is our generation’s virtual megaphone—a phenomenal platform that allows each and every one of its 500 million daily active users to share, inform and debate trending topics. With Instagram, people like me, who like to keep
A recent New York Times article made a stir by asserting that teens today are more anxious than they’ve ever been in history. The article cited a statistic by the Higher Education Research Institute at U.C.L.A in which incoming freshmen were asked if they felt overwhelmed by work last year. In 1985, 18 percent of students felt overwhelmed by their work. In 2010, that number grew to 29 percent. In 2016, the number of students that
Recently, my mother created a list of five things I need do daily to manage my mental health. They are medicine, sleep, food, exercise and relaxation. I, and those whom I have shared this system with, have found it to be enormously helpful and I hope that you, too, are able to gain something from it. 1. Medicine Obviously, if you do not take medication, this does not apply to you. However, to the people
The average High School teenager today has the same level of anxiety and stress as a 1950’s Psychiatric patient. Which, oddly enough, makes sense considering how many commitments, homework and exams teens now face; whether it’s upcoming SATs, GCSEs or A-Level exams, the amount of pressure placed on teenagers in school to do well is so exponential that it’s not only played a role in the depression rates increasing by 37% among teens in the
When you talk to most upperclassmen, they’ll tell you all about Junior year. Junior year is notorious for being one of the toughest years of high school. In my case, Junior year was one of the most stressful yet incredible years of high school. I learned so much in and out of the classroom, as well as made some incredible memories. It’s true that Junior year is tough, but it can also be very rewarding; it