• Reflection On Upstander Project

    1. What your project was about / action ?

    My project was about being upstanders for a chosen topic, I chose teen pregnancy and so we had to try and raise awareness for the

    • Hi Celeste,
      I think this is a really cool project that focuses on caring about other people. Teen pregnancy is a topic that we as a society tend to shy away from or look down upon so I’m glad you’re doing something to help teen moms get the resources they need to take care of themselves and their kids. I especially liked how you talked about what being an upstander means to you, “Being an upstander for me is being super passionate about a certain topic / issue and wanting to create a better change for that issue.” I like how you included wanting to create better change for an issue. Here is a link to other kids who are trying to be helpful in their community as well Dozens help Beaches Go Green clean up Atlantic and Neptune Beaches
      I loved reading about your project and I hope to read more from you soon

  • Teen Pregnancy

    Dear Teen Moms at McAlister high school:

    We understand that many teen moms haven’t always had a great experience because of how society treats them or views them, but places like M

    • we do feel like looking more into why there are racial disparities when it comes to teen pregnancys. But we would really like to say thank you for supporting our topic and we would love for you to go support our instagram and gofundme
      Ig: _teenmoms
      Gofundme: http://www.gofundme.com/diaper-and-baby-clothes-donation?
      Thank you again.

    • Dear Celeste:
      I feel sad about your post, “Teen Pregnancy”, because I am doing a case study about teen pregnancy. I found that being a teen mom is very difficult. One sentence you wrote that stand our for me is “how society treats them or views them, but places like M”. I think this is very normally in our society because they will think the teen mom differently than other regular mother. Your post reminds me of something that happened to one of my high school friend. She is a teen mom. One time she went to shopping with me. A women said, ” bad girl” to my friend when the women went across us. That’s very rude.

        • Dear Celeste,
          I am happy by your post “Supporting Teen Moms” because you are shedding light as to why a support system is important for teen moms. One message you wrote that stood out to me was “we want to educate people about this topic and have them feel empathy towards teen mothers instead of thinking that getting pregnant at 12-19 is a “bad choice”. I think this is important because regardless of our age we all need to be educated in this changing life we live in and be taught to look at the positives as much as we do the negatives. Your post reminds me of when I went to the mall this last weekend and an older lady asked young mom how old she was and she responded “17” the older lady looked disappointed. I felt really bad for the teen mom and felt like the response to her simple question was not necessary. Supporting our teen moms and educating our surroundings is the first step to change. Thanks for sharing Celeste!

        • Hi Cece, Tania, Kalani,

          My name is Audrey, I am a graduating senior at San Jose State University. I enjoyed reading your concern for academic success in teenage mothers. Society tends to generalize adolescent mothers in engaging in high risk behavior and achieving low academic success. I am currently analyzing a case study in my Critical Issues in Adolescent Development of a young mother in San Francisco who in fact, gained much more academic motivation after having a child at the age of sixteen. I believe that if we want to see higher success in these young mothers, more academic support and intervention should be implemented, as you also suggested.

          Best,
          Audrey

        • Celeste,
          Thank you for sharing this article, it was very interesting to read. I think you are right that teen moms should not be ostracized the way they are sometimes. As a teen myself I could never even imagine being a mother right now so I felt for the girls you talked about in your article. I think it could be interesting if you talked about the reasons that teen pregnancy rates are dropping. This would maybe help you come up with more solutions to help people. Here is an article to get you started. ( https://www.womenshealth.gov/30-achievements/09 )

          Sincerely,
          Audrey

        • Thank you for sharing this information it has been very informative . It was interesting to read about your take on teen pregnancy . I agree on the point you have made that most teens that get pregnant at a young age get judged and treated differently based off of their religious beliefs . The example you gave made your point very valid and supported you claim . Something that would have helped more would have been providing percentages of the teen pregnancy and basing it off of the religion beliefs . Other than that is was a great way to call attention to teen pregnancy because not a lot of people think it is a problem .

      • Celeste commented on the post, Fires 5 months, 2 weeks ago

        Dear Medina,
        I am very moved by your poem, “ Fires, “ because it really talks about the issues that happen because of climate change. Also because you’re showing the statistics that have been out because of these fires. Like when you said, “ 10,300 structures destroyed 63 dead dozens still missing “ This shows us that you really did your rese…[Read more]

      • Celeste wrote a new post, Divergent 6 months ago

        Our book was about a society that takes place in future Chicago. There are 5 factions in their world, Amity, Candor, Erudite, Abnegation where our protagonist originates from, and Dauntless where she transfer

        • Hi Celeste! I enjoyed your presentation, because even though I read it a year ago, Divergent still remains one of my favorite books. I like how you concluded your write up “the government would then surrender. There would be no more factions and everyone can live how they would like to live, no more factions, no more oppression”. Divergent brings up so many issues in society, and it is a dystopian novel about what our society could turn into if we continue to categorize people. I am happy that you recognized this in your presentation. Keep up the good writing!

        • Hello Celeste, your presentation was very fascinating and captured the meaning of the book in a very good light. This is one of my favorite stories and the way you explained it made me remember why I loved reading it so much. This book does a great job with portraying issues with in a society. It shows us the drastic changes that we could experience ourselves in our own society. I hope to read what else you have to say about other books!

        • Celeste,
          This is a pretty interesting story you have here. Divergent was quite a good book but there were quite a few things wrong with it, which you address. I like your serum solution and the idea of waking up from an oppression. This post and the book definitely have an impact on me and my perception of what is going on around me in the world.

        • Celeste,
          this presentation was very interesting to me because it gave new perspective to the book. Although this book is futuristic, it is quite relevant to our own society today. I like how you added your thoughts on a few of the problems within the book, as well as addressing them fairly. Thank you for sharing!

      • Ahh thank you for reading my blog. I agree with you that even though we do have an after school music class we should have an actual class during school to go more in depth. Some people actually signed up for the class but they don’t go because they said that it’s really boring. I think that by having an actual music class students wouldn’t be as…[Read more]

      • Thank you for reading my blog. I tried my hardest to get the best possible evidence because this is a topic what truly does matter to me a lot.

      • Thank you so much for reading my blog. The part of your comment that stood out to me the most was when you said, ” being around people you don’t necessarily want to be around with can be highly stressful ” I totally agree with that because music can be a way to drown that out and focus on something other than being around certain people. A…[Read more]

      • I really enjoyed how in the beginning you drew the reader in by starting off with “ imagine a game “ I feel like that’s what really drew me in and had me thinking and actually made it kind of easier to understand your piece. Overall your topic sounds like a really interesting topic, and I’m glad you brought it forth and wrote about it because if…[Read more]

      • Does Music Truly Benefit Oakland Schools ?

         

        As some may know, music programs are being cut in Oakland’s public schools. Why ? We all ask that question. Should music programs really be cut ? Does music be

        • I agree with your thesis because music really does help people destress. This school is overly stressful in general so music will help us calm down. Even though we do have an after school music class, it would be nice for an ACTUAL music class that goes more in depth. I really like your article and the words you chose to put in it. I hope to see more work from you soon 🙂
          -Valerie

          • Ahh thank you for reading my blog. I agree with you that even though we do have an after school music class we should have an actual class during school to go more in depth. Some people actually signed up for the class but they don’t go because they said that it’s really boring. I think that by having an actual music class students wouldn’t be as bored because they could actually learn more about music and maybe learn some new things.

        • Dear, cece
          I believe you have a strong assertion because you back it up with strong evidence like the one from Voynovskaya. I think your paragraph is very strong because you also have a interesting topic. I think the question you ask in your conclusion is a great question. Keep up the good work! Sincerely,Martha

          • Thank you for reading my blog. I tried my hardest to get the best possible evidence because this is a topic what truly does matter to me a lot.

        • Dear Celeste,
          I think that you made a very convincing statement when you said that Music is a “MUST” for Oakland schools. Personally as a student who attends an Oakland public school is a struggle especially when it comes to having a lot of work or being around people you don’t necessarily want to be around with can be highly stressful. Music is a way that I know I can focus and concentrate when i’m struggling and I agree with you 100% that schools should let students listen to music!
          Thank you!
          Kenya Sanchez

          • Thank you so much for reading my blog. The part of your comment that stood out to me the most was when you said, ” being around people you don’t necessarily want to be around with can be highly stressful ” I totally agree with that because music can be a way to drown that out and focus on something other than being around certain people. A question I have for you, how do you think we could get music classes or music programs to be in tack at public schools ? Look forward to hearing back !

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        Hi, my name is Cece. I’m a 9th grader at Life Academy. My poem is about how my family and I fight about how I’m bisexual and my mother and father don’t accept me because of their religion. I wrote the last

        • Wowee, thanks for posting a very personal topic on how you are dealing with this very sensitive subject matter. It must have been a difficult thing to post this out to the interwebz. But it’s a very good thing you did because it can give others (like myself) a perspective on how devastating it must be to bisexual and not getting support from your loved ones.

        • Dear Piper

          Thank you so much for sharing your poetry. A line that stood out to me was “Some deny me as if I was a stranger looking for shelter” because it really shows how someone can feel when they can’t express themselves.

          I really liked your poem it shows how your freedom can be taken away by a religion or what someone believes in.

          Your poem reminded me of how people are discriminated because of their sexuality.

          Thank you so much for writing and I look forward to reading your next post.

          Piper

        • Dear Cece,
          I loved how real your poem was. It shows some of the struggles many LGBTQ+ youth have to go through and because of it, I’m sure many people will be able to relate to your poem and feel not as alone. I like how you connected the topic of love from Shakespeare and turned it into something poignant and vulnerable. Because of this, my favorite line from your poem is
          “Love can mend situations,”
          “Love can destroy someone” because it shows the positive, yet hurtful impact love has on people.
          Thanks for sharing your poem!

        • Hey, My name is Jocelyn go follow me on instagram @Joceegobrazzy and add me on snapchat @Jocelyn17385.I really liked the part where you said “Adults say I should love a specific person but my heart says I should love whoever I want.” I agree with you because your heart is telling you to love whoever no matter if your parents are wrong about it. But at times your parents may have a point to tell you what to do and what not to do. Another than that i really liked your poem. Good Job.

          Sincerely, Jocelyn Figueroa

      • Celeste commented on the post, Shadow Box 11 months, 1 week ago

        I’m very impressed by your post, “Shadow Box” because the way you explain your dominant and counter narratives is very vivid and it really speaks to me because I can really relate to the part that you wrote about people assuming that just because you’re latina you’re Mexican, it’s honestly super annoying and I understand how it feels. I also put…[Read more]

      • My chosen identities are so different from assigned identities. Some of my chosen identities are that I chose to be an older sister, to be a good aunt, I also chose to be a LGBTQ+ activist. A few of my assigned

        • Dear Cece
          I am very satisfied with your work , with your images , because it show us who you are and how much you are proud of your identities , one thing that i like it about your letter is how you explain very well and i think it is very clearly . thanks for your writing

        • Dear cece,
          I really enjoyed reading your artist statement bc i can really relate and iv also became a LGBTQ activist. Your box is very colorful and i see how its really important to you in many ways.

        • I admire you for not being afraid to show the world who you really are. I like that you mentioned that people always assume that any latinamerican is Mexican. I have been learning a lot about other countries in central and south america and I think it’s a beautiful diversity. Also, in this new world we have made progress with LGBT+ rights and with people like you we will continue to better this world. I think your box is beautiful and what it stands for even more. If you could add one more thing that means a lot to you, what would i be?

      • Hey Jil,
        I am really impressed by your shadow box, “Jildardo’s True Identity” because I knew how you act and I always knew that you liked football but I never really knew you wanted to be in the NFL. Also, the part where you wrote about how you want to go to college and you have goals for yourself in the future really impressed me because it…[Read more]

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