Being a teenager we can often get confused. We’re right in the middle of adolescent and young adult. This can be very stressful especially to the many that are graduating in the next 2 years going off to college or pursue their career, either way, money will be one of the top worries constantly bugging us out.
Here are some ways we can start to save money as a teen in order to prepare for the future.
If you have a job babysitting, working at a store or even chores it is important to put the majority of that money away so it won’t be spent. For example- If I get paid 30$ on a Sunday for babysitting every week I will take up to 20$ to spend a month as petty cash. If there was something I felt that I needed from the thrift store or at a restaurant I will make a smart choice and think again”Do I really want this 80’s shirt? just because everyone else has them too?” if you truly want it and really like it go for it. But how many times will it actually be worn until it’s “not in” anymore trust your instinct?
Those 5 $ frappuccinos and 7$ burger combo does add up so managing your expenses daily saves a lot of time and stress. Make sure you know where your money is going. Keep a money diary and log what you’ve been spending money on. If you have a bank account put your money in it so there’s no temptation to spend more money than you should.
I use to have an awesome job at a dog wash. Now I babysit. It’s important that if you have a job you should enjoy it. If you absolutely hate socializing with people then maybe it’s best to not be a barista and sell stuff online instead. There will always be something you love that will help you make money too and remember that money is money it comes and goes. If you regret buying something that you can’t return then sell it. Don’t get upset at yourself if you regret buying something. Money will always be coming and going especially at this age
Hey teens!! we’re being tossed a lot of information that we cant handle! Or can we?
We’re constantly overwhelmed with grades, Confusing homework and figuring out our future. Plus all the million other things we have to deal with OUTSIDE of school! School is the #1 Culprit for Teen Stress- which makes a TON of sense! We’re judged so harshly for our work even if try our best and in the end our knowledge is determined on a piece of paper.
It’s important as a youth today that we know how to balance everything in life and not let one thing take over the other, especially the questionable people in power with P’s controlling our country, killing the environment, deporting people who know America as their home- I can go on and on. And in the end, what they do is going to be in our hands. It is not fair that these billionaires get to pollute this earth and destroy it because of greed and its up to us to fix it.
Here are some things we can do to take a breath and relax- We deserve it!
MOVE YOUR BODY!!
Whether its yoga, skating with your buddies or even walking your dog around the block. Engaging in physical activity is proven to reduce stress by an immense amount. Exercising not only relaxes you it boosts confidence, improves complexion and mood, it will help you get a great nights rest! So when you’re feeling upset and angry like you want to scream, go for a nice walk outside and you will feel better.
Even if you don’t think so. There will always be people who want to listen and help no matter what. It’s not the end of the world and things always get better. When you feel like no one cares or wants to listen to you your wrong. Think of a friend, family member or someone you really trust, give them a call and tell them whats up, you will feel much better after getting it off your chest. Getting social support from people you care about is vital and a great stress reliever.
TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF AND REMEMBER YOUR STRENGTHS
We must always remember that in order to really do our best, we must first take care of ourselves. An example of this would be
1.)Hygiene: When you’re bombarded with work it’s often easy to forget to take a shower or brush your teeth you might be going everywhere in your PJ’s too. That will just stress ya out even more! Taking care of yourself and looking “presentable” (i.e: NOT smelling like a garbage can in your PJ’s) will make you feel better and determined to get the work done!
2.) Mindfulness: Too many thoughts running through your head at once? Writing down your thoughts will help clear your mind so you focus on the task at hand. It’s also a form of meditation which also helps too, taking 5 minutes to sit, close your eyes and forget about school, work and everything that is stressing you out will help you regroup and feel better.
Always remember everything you do and love doing, find out a way to help others with this and do it even more, if you love animals, volunteer at an animal shelter or if you admire painting go to an art class, Put what you love to do before what you have to do and those stresses will seem like nothing. Because in the end its what you love that matters no matter what.
Here are some great sources that all teens should know about!
1.) TEEN LINE. Do you need help working something out? Do you want to talk to someone who understands, like another teen? https://teenlineonline.org is the place to go!
2.)BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB. A great place and a safe space to make friends and have fun! Click here!
3.) VOLUNTEER: Volunteering at a local senior center or youth group is great! Not only will you meet new people, get volunteer hours and have fun. Volunteering is a great learning experience all around!
Why is school stressing me out? – what is it about school that is causing this stress? Is it necessary? What is the end result of stress? your health. Is it worth it? Comment below or write me about what you feel!
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Talk on the effects of Factory Farming to one’s health and my story with not consuming animal products.
When i think of a farm i think of a happy place a place a place i would sing songs about growing up, until recently when i found that farms are not what i thought they were in fact probably not what anyone really though they were
animals in farms that go to your supermarket and eventually end up in your tummy are tortured and endure horrible living conditions.
It’s not farming, it’s factory farming. The animal becomes a thing, a product of a factory.
Consuming animal products pays a huge price to the world we live on. Factory farming not only causes the destruction of our green forests which have increased global warming emissions by half! These “farms” pollute the water we drink and air we breathe causing death like health problems to many.
And As painful as that is, it’s also important that we understand what eating foods from these farms does to us and our families. Meat can make us depressed and sick, it also increases the risk of cancer
Are we even supposed to be eating or drinking something that is from another LIVING being?
My dad had terrible eating habits he was overweight, and suffered from insomnia. But hedecided to make the change and not consume ANY animal products at all. Only A month and a half later he’s is sleeping well and Motivated. All this was from making a single change: not consuming meat.
I even noticed it with myself.
After I learned about factory farming.I decided to go animal free and made a petition to ban factory farming which got 55,000 signatures. Within a month I was feeling happier and even noticed I felt more confident.
Luckily, this is something we have control over. What we put in our mouths. WE can be the change. All it takes is a little research and willingness to try something new.
Next time you’re at the grocery store lookout for the meat and dairy free alternatives. You’ll save a ton of money. And there are petitions you can sign to help ban factory farming and steps you can take to get your friends and family on board!
When we take action by not consuming animal products we are not only helping animals and the planet, we’re also healing ourselves and our loved ones. I hope you’ll join me.
I am extremely grateful to say that my first official job is with the ECO DOG WASH AND CARE LA. Eco dog is green certified business and uses only natural, Vegan, eco friendly, biodegradable and cruelty free products with a range from aloe vera and avocado infused simply bath spray to peppermint, cedar, geranium & lemongrass to argan oil, coconut-derived cleanser, jojoba, lavender and myrrh in their Simply Clean Shampoo. All of eco dogs products not only make your dog smell good using only natural ingredients but the formulas made also to naturally repel fleas & ticks.
Before i started working at eco dog i had been taking both my dogs (medium sized yellow lab and small tibetan terrier) for either a self wash or groom for years! Their prices are wonderful! Did i mention that its only $32 for a full day of cage freecare! where the dogs play all day with each other and staff. When the dogs are boarding (staying over night) they are with a staff member at all times, get fed a natural healthy vegan dinner with no artificial flavor or colors (Im telling ya! the pups at eco dog eat healthier than me! ) and sleep in huge human beds with conforters and pillows.
I absolutley reccomend eco dog to anyone with a doggy! Whether it be big or small they are all accepted and treated with immense care and respect. Eco dog takes in dogs that were found on the street too with no home, abused and broken yet whenever i come in for work those dogs are filled with joy and love for the care that the dogs revieve is outstanding, i had never even heard of a dog care or wash that takes care of them as much as eco dog does.
Eco Dog Wash started in 2010 by Owner Karen
“I started this business because I love dogs and know that other dog lovers want eco-smart, eco-friendly options for self-wash, grooming, daycare & boarding services right here in our neighborhood.
I’ve lived here for over 20 years and am deeply committed to this community and doing what I can to support ecologically sound practices. In every aspect of the store operations we strive to be as clean and green as possible.”
Working at eco dog and seeing how much Karen cares for these dogs and making sure that they are safe and happy no matter where they came from has inspired me even more to do whatever i can to help doggies be happy and healthy!
and is located off of Pico and Genesee in Pick-fair village (Mid-City).
I recently got the option to do a chemistry research paper in class so i chose air pollution and how it relates to chemistry! Its a bit long but extremely informative!
Clean and clear air is essential to life on Earth. If the whole world was extremely polluted then species would die off and every living thing would eventually disintegrate and die due to our natural recourses disappearing and people falling very ill. “The health effects of air pollution imperil human lives. This fact is well-documented” (Johnson). It is very important that this is understood.The thing is, the world is already polluted. India, Bangladesh, China and more countries are contaminated the highest level of PM2.5 meaning the diameter measured in microns of particulates such as ammonia and nitrate but also carbon and sulfate. Around 2.4 million people die each year from air pollution.
Los Angeles, California has the worst and most harmful ozone pollution in the United States for the 17th time in 18 years. Some parts of Los Angeles such as Bel Air, Beverly Hills, Topanga, Chino Hills, Palos Verdes, Torrance, El Segundo and many Coastal parts of Los Angeles have cleaner air compared to other places like Baldwin Park and Boyle Heights.
This is partly because winds blow east which means that inland areas are more prone to having toxic particles blown in and staying in the area. Hills are more prone to fire because pollution settles in the valley since it’s like a bowl and temperatures are higher. These locations are densely white about 90% and majority is very clean too.
“Pollution is a serious one. Water pollution, air pollution, and then solid hazardous waste pollution. And then beyond that, we also have the resources issue” (Jun).
Pollution comes in 7 types one of them being air pollution which is harmful gasses and smoke being contaminated into the air air pollution occurs from vehicle fume, burning of fossil fuels and nuclear radiation. Land pollution is part of the damage done to the environment, animals and natural recourses when people litter and dispose of trash in general or inland oil spills. Light pollution is from streetlights and lights being projected into the night sky, light pollution uses a lot of energy.
Noise pollution is pollution that is made by noise which is irritating to humans and affects animals and example would be construction or loud vehicles. Thermal pollution is man caused temperature increase, such as climate change or a lake warming up and killing all its fish and algae because of the factories nearby.
Visual pollution is anything that is visually unappealing to the eye such as skyscrapers that block the natural view, or gross mini malls that just make everything look worse. Water pollution is the damage to bodies of water by man made substances like radiation and oil spills and also raw sewage being dumped into a lake.
“The environmental effects of the automobile are well known: motor vehicles cause, for example, as much as 75 percent of the noise and 80 percent of the air pollution in our cities” (Udall). Air pollution happens when specific particles and gasses stick together in the atmosphere up to a point where it harms people’s health and causes lung problems from breathing in polluted air. Air is one of the most vital necessities on this earth, in order to breathe we need air and also the many gasses that help the planet.
These elements aka pollutants are mainly man made. The dictionary defines a pollutant as “a substance that makes land, water, air, etc., dirty and not safe or suitable to use: something that causes pollution”
Pollution has a great relation with chemistry. Chemical reactions happen in the atmosphere when the primary pollutant is directly emitted from a source compared to secondary pollutants which occur when primary pollutants are cohesive with one another in the atmosphere.
Primary pollutants are known as carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides , sulfur oxides and particulate matter such as dust and ash/ salt particles. When toxins are released into the environment and atmosphere it hurts it immensely and since the atmosphere has an extremely thin sheet of gas over it that blocks radiation- such as cosmic or ultraviolet from entering then makes the planet cool and inhabit oxygen.
Yet when people disrespect their power and start harming the Earth they will release pollutants such as nitrogen and sulfur dioxide into the air which are harmful gasses. These gases react negatively when mixed with other compounds which can cause health problems to many.
This is why chemistry is vital to air pollution, if more and more harmful compounds were to mix and mix then you will end up with an explosion that can destroy the world or even melt someone’s face. Chemistry can help regulate these happenings by examining the periodic table and element properties, if one element were to be extremely harmful and another one deathly then scientists would know not to infuse the two.
“Clean energy is about offering people the opportunity to do what’s right for themselves and the people they love” (Reuben) . It is up to human nature to find out ways to prevent pollution in the future. Luckily, there are numerous ways, starting with conserving energy by turning off a light when not in use, cleaning up disposed trash on the street, redu ing one’s carbon footprint by using less waste and eco friendly modes of transportation such as riding the bike or taking the train to work. A way to reduce pollution that will also benefit human and animal life too is not eating factory farmed foods such as meat, dairy or eggs, factory farming dumps millions of waste and chemicals into the environment causing even more pollution from land to water. There is only so much time before it is too late.
Here is work ive written about pollution in Los Angeles from the 9th grade.
Clean and clear air is essential to life on Earth. If the whole world was extremely polluted then species would die off and every living thing would eventually disintegrate and die due to our natural recourses disappearing and people falling very ill. The thing is, the world is already polluted. India, Bangladesh, China and more countries are contaminated the highest level of PM2.5 meaning the diameter measured in microns of particulates such as ammonia and nitrate but also carbon and sulfate. Around 2.4 million people die each year from air pollution.
Los Angeles, California has the worst and most harmful ozone pollution in the United States for the 17th time in 18 years.
Some of the cleanest places air wise in la are pacific palisades, bel air, Topanga, sierra Madre, chino hills, Palos verdes, rolling hills, El SeGundo, Oakmont Westchester, playa vista, marina del rey, mar vista, Beverly hills, los altos, arcadia, emerald isle, Chevy chase, Torrance, surfside, Hollywood hills, la crescent & coastal beach areas such as Redondo huntington and newport.
These places are known for having the best cleanest air in LA. This can be because there are a very small commute to and fro places in the area. And there are many accessible walking and biking places so they don’t need to drive. Many of these places are coastal places this is because winds usually blow east which means that inland areas are more prone to having air/ toxic particles blown in. Yet some smog from ships and boats can also cause air pollution to get into the ocean and coast. Hills are more prone to fire because pollution settles in the valley since it’s like a bowl and temperatures are higher. These locations are densely white about 90% and majority is very clean too.
The green line-Hawthorne. Is a great mode of transportation so is the red purple orange silver gold blue and expo line. In my experiment I went to a majority of these locations and observed the air quality, also interviewed people who live in these areas. We are trying to determine if the difference metro is making effects air pollution here in LA. What we found out was pretty surprising. None of these locations had a change in the quality of the air, because these areas still have bad air quality except some parts of the gold line, which ends up in sierra Madre villa. But think even though the air may be bad now. What if we didn’t have ANY metro at ALL!! Then the air would be HORRIBLE!!! I also found out that in areas with very minimal to no air pollution the people who lived there seemed to have own at least 2 cars that if every single car was added up in that area you could give someone 8-15 cars per PERSON!!! Where as areas with a lot if air pollution has either 0-3 cars per person but the MOST air pollution!
There are high levels of diesel particulate and ozone toxicity in areas with air pollution and majority of these places have a lot of people and reasonable prices to live in compared to low pollution where it is mainly secluded by gates and private areas.
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Civic Youth Los Angeles is a partnership between the Mayor’s Office and the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment. Where community building, public speaking, effective communication, understanding of local government and ways to contribute and or join your neighborhood council.
Civic Youth has taught me many things about community engagement and Neighborhood councils. Any teen should and CAN join there neighborhood council! It is a great way to be involved with the Community and let others be proactive in there neighborhood!
Civic Youth LA is free program with the City Of LA and Empower LA to anyone who applies and gets in from all of over Los Angeles, and teaches 2-3 hour workshops on Engaging with your Neighborhood Council ,Effective Presentation and Communication, Community Organizing and Outreach, Local Government 101, Service Action Day and Congress of Neighborhoods: Presentation and Recognition of participants by the Mayor’s Office and EmpowerLA
These workshops helped teach us,
Participating in local government
Engaging with your Neighborhood Council, including writing Community Impact Statements and organizing Neighborhood clean-ups
This Program taught me so much yet also i made so many new friends too, every session started off with a breakfast and icebreaker that really made me comfortable with everyone there and exited to start my journey as a CYLA member.
My favorite course was Community Organizing 101 Service Project because it really made me realize that not only Can youth really can make a difference in different communities, but we already have! There is no time to delay. There is no reason to wait until after college. The city and it’s people need our help and ideas now!
CivicYouth has taught me to be very proactive in my community and take initiative when there is none being taken. It has taught me to be more responsible and be a strong leader. When we were organizing our community projects I realized that I had strength as a group organizer and leadership skills.
CivicYouth helped me find my passion and what i want to do in life which is help people through Arts Activism and and be of service to The City.
Thank you Civic Youth LA, Empower LA and all the amazing mentors i had the opportunity to meet and work with: Kimberly Rodriguez, Julienne Chen, Jasmine Elbarbary, Paola Fernadez, Tanya Pineda, Michael Long and Kevin Taylor and more!
I had just gotten out of a civic youth LA meeting when i noticed a bunch of tents camped right across the street from where i was which was city hall, my friend and i decided to go check it out first, there were a bunch of people sitting in a circle listening to each other talk about why they are here and peacefully protesting their rights they were very welcoming inviting us to join, so we did.
We learned that one of the reason these protesters are here is to get the Police Chief of LA Charlie Beck fired because of the fact that another innocent black person was killed by the police and the officer(s) who committed the crime got away with it, they are gonna stay camped out in front of the Kenneth Hahn building of administration, it is public property so people can stay there as long as they have a sign of any sort placed on there tent. I decided to spend the rest of my day at the protest finding out that it was a Black Lives Matter LA protest i helped out as much as i could. Relocating beverages and organizing all the food and snacks that supporters and volunteers had brought to help out with. There was also a ton of essential needs such as first aid, toothbrushes, health care items, craft supplies etc. It was a lot of work but worth it seeing how worn out the activists that have been demonstrating there rights there for days- non stop thus meaning not being at home not being able to take showers, not go to work and more yet they were still strong as ever. I met some very old activists 2 of them being in there 90s and doing whatever they can to help so me being the youngest teenager there did whatever i can to help them too and whoever else just needed some time to sit and rest. The BLM occupy city hall protest is still going on today and strong, it was an amazing experience that i will probably come back to later this week and go help out again. I met hardcore activists that devote there life to the well being of others which was inspiring and makes me want to do the same.
I recommend anyone who wants to help out with the occupy city hall protest to go help out bring food, blankets, whatever they need that will help them on this journey and hopefully justice will be served so these awesome activists can finally get a break.
Currently on Center Theatre Groups Student Ambassador program there are many things i have learned and we have been planning a summit but not just any summit, this summit that my arts advocacy group and i have been planning since November is to let students know that they should have access to the Arts in there schools!!!
We will be doing a mix of workshops including a zine making workshop followed by where the arts really are in your community and/or school district! There is much more but your going to have to find out for yourself! Here are the details!
For more information, contact Felipe Sanchez at 213.972.7587 or StudentBody@CenterTheatreGroup.org. Schools or organizations are welcome to bring groups of students to this event. All workshops are teens-only.
CTG has taught me a lot whether it be about Theatre, Social Skills, Activism, Leadership, Communication skills and MUCH more!
Following in the footsteps of Mayor Eric Garcetti who recited Shakespeare for LA Drama Club’s last fundraiser, celebrated Hollywood actors will soon take the stage opposite the Country’s Youngest Shakespeare troupe on April 15 to launch the 10th season of the Los Angeles Drama Clubbi-annual Shakespeare Youth Festival L.A.
For the kick-off VIP Party, children, ages 7-17, from both South L.A and Hollywood will perform a light show, opposite distinguished actors, Royal Shakespeare Co member, Alex Kingston (Dr. Who) and Diedrich Bader (Veep) in comedic excerpts from the Shakespeare’s plays. Guests will enjoy music, food, drinks and table-side Shakespeare.
The Shakespeare Youth Fest, LA runs from April 16-May 5 andcoincides this year with the 400th Anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. The four plays headlined feature families disrupted by internal and external storms and re-united by time and forgiveness…
The historic and picturesque Club Fais Do Do in West Adams will open the Festival with Shakespeare’s
Comedy of Errors and close with the epic Pericles at Club Fais Do Do. “Pericles showcases some of our
newest Mid-City actors who are having a great adventure exploring the world and portraying kings and
queens, sorcerers, evil guardians, a long-lost child, pirates and a mermaid,” comments Co-Artistic
Director Julia Walker Wyson. She goes on to state, “Young actors have been gathering from across the
city for 10 years to experience the magnificent language and timeless themes of Shakespeare. It is so
gratifying to see new students develop a passion for Shakespeare and theater. You will be amazed at what
a child can accomplish when you remove the limits!”
The Club Fais Do Do performances showcase LADC’s Shakespeare in the City program. Started in the Mid-City West Adams area in 2011, Shakespeare in the City offers free/low-cost classes, summer camps, and performances to the community. “We are so grateful to the neighborhood councils for welcoming and supporting Shakespeare in the City,” says Larsen, a Mid-City resident. “MINC was the first neighborhood council to offer its support, and they have been invaluable to the growth of our programs.”
WHO: Hollywood Celebs take the stage with the Country’s Youngest Shakespeare Troupe
Event sponsors are: Showtime Networks, Lyric Theatre, Voila Studio and Danielle & Ernie Del.
The festival is an officially recognized event in 2016 of BritWeek (www.britweek.org). Funded through grants and donations, Los Angeles Drama Club is supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, and by the MidCity Neighborhood Council (MINC).
About Los Angeles Drama Club:
Launched in 2004, the Los Angeles Drama Club (LADC), an award-winning, Los Angeles-based youth arts and literacy organization, creates the opportunity for young people to experience exceptional artistic experiences – immersed in the works of Shakespeare – in their own communities and neighborhoods. More than 100 children, many of them from underserved communities and some with handicaps, travel from across Los Angeles to participate in and stage five to six full productions each year. The troupe also brings the Bard to senior centers, libraries and public spaces. LADC’s arts programs have earned recognition as a PBS Community Champion and a top rating from Great Non-Profits.