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Teen Pulse

  • Lewis & Todd 1-4-15
  • Program helps teens identify with community

    Opportunities for work in the teenage years can be limited. Youth Mobilizers, a program administered by the Family YMCA and funded by the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board (JJAB), seeks to provide teens with a way to identify community issues and address them through projects.
    Teens offer an outside perspective that can make all the difference in new and innovative growth. Including teens in important community issues, Youth Mobilizers then empowers them to change a perceived issue by employing them to fix it.
    Recreating the atmosphere of the job application process, a youth fills out a job application through the Family YMCA. This is followed with an interview to complete the application process. A project is then proposed by the teen that must meet one of the program’s goals:
    • Celebrate teens and their interests/accomplishments
    • Further teen skills and experience in an area of teen interest
    • Empower teens voice in the community regarding topics that are important to them
    After the project is approved, an adult from the program is paired with the teen to provide guidance through the process. The pair then meets and constructs a plan with the details of the project. Goals, timetables, and quality are discussed and included in this plan.

  • Dear Santa...From the Teen Pulse
  • Word on the Street 12-21-14

    Teen Pulse staff writer Wilbur Wang asked students, “What was the best present that was ever given to you?”

  • Youth Activity Center Schedule

    Youth Activity Center Schedule

    Monday: Air hockey tournament (Los Alamos open from 8 a.m.-6 p.m., White Rock closed.)

    Tuesday: Christmas coloring contest (Los Alamos open from 8 a.m.-6 p.m., White Rock closed.)

    Wednesday: Movies and munchies (Los Alamos open from 8 a.m.-6 p.m., White Rock closed.)

    Thursday: Activity Center closed for Christmas Day

    Friday: Staff’s choice game/activity (Los Alamos open from 8 a.m.-6 p.m., White Rock closed.)

    The Los Alamos Youth Activity Center is located at 475 20th Street, 662-9412. The White Rock Activity Center is located at 139 Sherwood Blvd., 672-1565.

  • The Pondering Column: Questions raised about torture justification

    Today marks the second edition, of “The Pondering Column.” Here I will discuss, reader written questions, regarding morals, philosophy and belief.

    Today’s question, asked anonymously: “Is torture ever justified?”
    This question has particular relevance given recent events. As you may know the CIA released a previously classified report, stating that they had used various techniques of torture to dissolve credible threats against national security.
    The morals behind torture have been an issue for humans since the beginning of our existence, but the answer to this specific question is fairly simple. Yes, torture can be justified.
    Now the real question is, at what point is torture justified? A wide variety of cases would permit torture, at least from my perspective. The only parameter surrounding the permissibility of torture is similar to the “eye for an eye” law of retaliation.
    This law asserts that if one injures another, he or she will be injured to the same extent. So if I shoot your eye, you can shoot mine, but what exactly is taken with torture? The well-being of an individual.

  • Foreign exchange student shares view of Los Alamos

    Every year, families around Los Alamos host exchange students from different parts of the world.  In 2013, teens came from Germany, Poland, France and Serbia, and this year after applying through the Rotary Club, teens came from Europe and South America.
    Arriving from the Netherlands, Frederiek Gerretschen, 16, a junior at Los Alamos High School during the 2014 school year, is one student who has traveled from her hometown to experience American culture.
    “I love to travel and to get to know other cultures, and the best way to get to know a different culture is to live there,” Gerretschen said.
    When Gerretschen turned in her application, she did not know where she was headed or what to expect, but by March she was informed that she would be placed in Los Alamos.
    Since then, Gerretschen has become integrated into the LAHS community. During the fall, she was a member of the cross country team. She currently introduces her own culture to Los Alamos teens through the LAHS International Club.
    Although Gerretschen visited New York prior to her exchange trip, she has identified differences between the Netherlands and the United States.

  • Lewis & Todd 12-14-14
  • Youth Activity Center Schedule

    Youth Activity Center Schedule

    Monday: Christmas themed Lego contest

    Tuesday: Pool tournament

    Wednesday: Movies and munchies

    Thursday: Candy cane reindeer

    Friday: Wii Friday

    The Los Alamos Youth Activity Center is located at 475 20th Street, 662-9412. The White Rock Activity Center is located at 139 Sherwood Blvd., 672-1565.

  • Word on the street 12-14-14

    Teen Pulse staff writer Michael Booton asked students, “What will be your hardest final?”