Making a difference in the lives of others
Noelle Karmo wears pink a lot, but not because it’s her favorite color. She wears pink to show her support for breast cancer awareness. When Noelle was 3, her mother, who was only 32, was diagnosed with breast cancer. If you’ve ever had a sick parent, you know just how scary it can be. Fortunately, Noelle’s mom survived and, after getting through breast cancer, started an organization to help other young women with breast cancer. What was Noelle’s response? She wanted to know how she could help. Read our interview with Noelle to learn how she gives back and makes a difference in the lives of others.
Helping girls understand puberty
You’ve probably heard of puberty, but what is it exactly? Puberty is when you start making the change from being a child to being an adult. You’ll grow taller, get bigger breasts, and grow hair in new places. You’ll also start your period (menstruation), which means you will be able to get pregnant if you have sex. And these are just a few of the changes you’ll experience. With all this happening, you might feel uncomfortable or shy about it. Just remember that these changes are common and normal. Everyone goes through puberty — girls just do it at different ages. And these changes mean your body is doing what it’s supposed to do.
Niharika (say: NEE-ha-ree-kuh) Bedekar (say: BED-uh-kuhr) was on the younger side when she started going through puberty. She knows it can be a hard and confusing time, especially if you start earlier or later than your friends. That’s why she started an organization that teaches girls about the changes they’ll experience. Read our interview with Niharika to learn what she wants every girl to know about puberty.
Learning to try new things
Are you getting excited for the summer months? Maybe you’re looking forward to a break from school or warmer weather. Maybe you’re excited to do something fun this summer, like Hailey Knauf. Hailey is most excited about going to camp. Why? She’ll be one year closer to becoming a camp counselor. Plus, she’ll get to try new activities and meet new people.
As a teen, she understands her teenage years are the perfect time to explore her interests and talents. It’s also a great time to gain experience and valuable skills that will help her now and throughout her life. Read our interview with Hailey about the importance of trying new things.
Joining the fight against HIV/AIDS
Have you ever wanted to speak up for something that you care about? People who speak up to make a difference are called advocates. Advocates may work to end bullying at their school or to get healthier lunch options. Fátima Ptacek is speaking up to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS and how it affects women and girls. And you can join her!
On March 10, women and girls across the country will observe National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Fátima is helping spread the word, which means she is an outreach ambassador.
Fátima’s name might look familiar — and her voice would definitely sound familiar to you! It’s because she’s the voice of Dora in the television series Dora the Explorer. She works hard to balance her acting, her work as an advocate, and her life as a teenager. To learn more, read Fátima’s interview.
Maintaining a healthy self-esteem
Do you know what self-esteem means? To us, it means valuing and respecting yourself. If you have a healthy self-esteem, you feel good about yourself as a person and are able to think positively and deal better with stress. If you have low self-esteem, you may feel bad about yourself a lot of the time, which isn’t much fun.
Here to tell us how she maintains a healthy self-esteem is Kayla Tandy. Kayla is a typical teen, just like lots of our readers. She knows that great ways to boost your self-esteem include taking steps to be healthy, getting support from friends, and finding things you’re good at and enjoy. To learn more, read Kayla’s interview.
Content last reviewed January 01, 2014
Page last updated January 01, 2014