Solutions in Sight 

Here are stories about young people who looked around and saw a problem that needed a serious fix. They believed they could make a difference, and, in spite of lots of opposition, they actually went ahead and did it!

What Causes Teen Violence?, by Russ Hoffman, Teen Editorial Board member. - "What are the other choices?"

What's for Dinner?, Jennifer Prather, A Teen Editorial Board member.
"Why It Makes Sense To Be A Vegetarian."
   

Me, Myself, & I

What Causes Teen Violence?, by Russ Hoffman, Teen Editorial Board member. - "What are the other choices?"

What's for Dinner?, Jennifer Prather, A Teen Editorial Board member.
"Why It Makes Sense To Be A Vegetarian."  

Teen Outreach Volunteer Program (TOVP), Laura Eubanks, A Teen Editorial Board member interviews TOVP members. - "This special interest group of the Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. makes a difference for younger girls, teaches life skills and lets them know that they matter." 

blue jean magazine, Mollie Goldstein - "There are no other magazines out there that are either written or produced by girls like us."
 

Girls Against Body Hatred Club, Caitlin Ryvlin - "It's so amazing that you're not skinny and you really like yourself! How did you do that?"
 

Health Initiatives for Youth (H.I.F.Y.), Kim Compoc - STDs (Sexually Transmitted Diseases): "Young people said for a long time, 'Stop with the Just Say No!' programs... There's no finger pointing, there's no telling people how to live their lives. It's just 'This is what my life is like.' So you make your own choices based on what you hear."
 

Teenage Pregnancy Parenting Project (T.A.P.P), Joan Pezanowski - "We find out where they are in their lives and what kind of services they are needing."
 

Teens Against Tobacco Use (T.A.T.U.), Michele Camozi - "They said, 'We're healthy now, we don't do drugs anymore. And I can quit smoking when I need to, but now it's something that I like."
 

CHALK's Youthline, Adrian Perez and Jason Singer - "...when you trust youth enough to take initiative and take the leadership role in their community...dynamic and powerful things happen!
 

Relationships

Conflict Resolution, Michael Osborne - "I would say that [Peer Mediation] has helped a lot of my listening skills. I just really figure out what the problem is...and try to get it worked out."
 

Justice Now

Bridging the Gap, Lisa Chikarovski , A Teen Editorial Board member. - "Fighting racial prejudice in Australia.."
 

Project Reach Youth, Leba Rubinoff - "The young people have amazing skills and amazing dreams, but they don't always feel that what they want to do is possible."
 

CASC (California Association of Student Councils), Jenna Carli - "...because of the experiences I had, I got to open my eyes to the 'bigger' [global] picture at an earlier age."
 

CHALK's Youthline, Adrian Perez and Jason Singer - "...when you trust youth enough to take initiative and take the leadership role in their community...dynamic and powerful things happen!
 

About-Face, Kathy Bruin - "...the way women were shown in advertising..they got thinner and thinner!"
 

Transforming Communities, Poorva Pandey, Carly Davidson, Laurel Kellner and Carmel Adkisson - "It was a wake up call to figure out that 1 in 3 teenage girls are abused!"
 

International Student Activism Alliance (ISAA), Ben Smilowitz - "If we don't speak up, lawmakers will speak for us!"
 

Todos, Hugh Vasquez - "...this fire was burning inside, that I had to do something about the world and the injustice that was around me."
 

The Special Olympics - an international organization that believes people with mental retardation benefit physically, mentally, socially, and spiritually through sports training and competition.
 

The Youth Commission, Alexander Jhin - "...government cannot do many things...grassroots is definitely the way to go."
 

Niño Art, Alexa Van Daam - "...the art has just crept in and won't go away. And I realize it's just a part of my life... It's what makes me happy. And I realize that I can't live without it."
 

Raza, Victor Gonzalez - "...you don't have to be in a gang to be cool."
 

Student Environmental Action Coalition, (S.E.A.C.), Chris Ford - "...if you keep on saying you don't have time for this eventually you're not going to have what you have."
 

Spaceship Earth

Kids Can Make A Difference, Nikki Finazzo, A Teen Editorial Board member. - "One Ten Year Old Who Does Make A Difference."
 

Greenpeace, Chad Pecor, A Teen Editorial Board member. - "Working for the Environment."
 

Animal Detectives, Tsara Borsting - "All of the illegal poaching and smuggling cases are sent to this lab. [The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Forensics Laboratory.]"
 

Earth 2000, Danny Seo - "...we were going to save the planet by the year 2000."
 

Student Conservation Association (SCA), Liz Titus Putnam - "...our [national] parks were being loved to death."
 

Adobe Creek Restoration Project, Jennie Furrer - "If we just keep trying and making a difference then we'll be able to change the world."
 

Sierra Student Coalition, Sage Rockermann - "..as student activists, we've been able to experience so much success."
 

YES! (Youth for Environmental Sanity), Tad Hargrave - "The biggest challenge in the inner cities is not the violence, the drugs, the abuse, the poverty, it's that people lose their dreams."
 

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