About kirsten

This author has not yet filled in any details.
So far kirsten has created 67 blog entries.

Is Facebook too Provocative?

By Armanis

Youth such as myself have come to practically live on the internet. We put forth our entire lives for everyone else to see. Facebook especially has become a lifeline to many teens. The problem at hand is if Facebook has become too provocative. This is common among teen girls. I myself have never posted […]

August 2, 2012TORCH|

Paid Sick Days

By Megan

“I was forced to ask my boss for some time off so I could take care of my sibling. When I asked for a few days of leave, my boss told me flat-out: if you go, don’t bother coming back.

This was said by Ai Elo, a restaurant worker from Brooklyn, on The question is, is this fair? Should we get paid for taking sick days off? I believe so. […]


By Lucia

Things happen in life, but you just have to learn from it. I think that people go through many hardships so that people can grow & make something out of it. People cry & stress over things like heartbreaks, family issues, but I think if somebody hurt you so much in your life you […]

July 16, 2012TORCH|

IUD Teen Night

Below are two Peer Leader’s’ posts about TORCH Teen Night with special a focus on the IUD! The event took place on April 19th:

After planning for various days at Torch, the IUD teen night event was a success. Even though we expected more people than the people who attended, we got the purpose across which was to inform teens about the IUD and the myths that come from the media which limits TEENS to access this type of birth control. […]


By Elijah

AIDS is a serious epidemic that is greatly affecting our world today. It has killed millions of people, destroyed economies, and decreased life expectancies for many of the world’s population. I felt really good about doing the AIDS walk because I helped raise awareness and research for the disease.

May 30, 2012TORCH|

Nothing Lasts Forever

By Noor

Tis better to have loved and lost
Than never love at all
Hoping that the moments will stay,
Never fade away
But though nothing is forever
Hoping it gets better
To the people you meet from the battles you won
By the time you know itll be over and already done
We’ll wish for the clock to tick back on […]

May 30, 2012Poetry, TORCH|

17 & The IUD Is For Me

By Tamara

I’m pretty sure you have heard all of the talk about the IUD and if not, maybe the commercials that seems to be popping up more frequently. Have you considered the IUD? To ease your mind a bit I just wanted to share my personal experience with the IUD. […]

Love has no face

By Anonymous

Someone help me, I can’t see,
I’m blind to what is clear and what is not supposed to be.

To see me ever leaving by holding what’s inside
The pain goes through my head and it’s ruining my mind

Lust is not Love and Love is not Lust
The way love is like something that doesn’t rust

The burning […]

Child Brides

By Amy

There was a very recent article on Yahoo about child brides and the first legal annulment that took place in India for an 18-year old female, Laxmi Sargara. She was wedded to her potential groom when she was one because her parents relied on financial support from the groom’s family. For her to receive […]

Lobby Day

By Theresa

Last week on Tuesday April, 17, I went up to Albany with other TORCH Peer Leaders to lobby for reproductive rights. It was my first time lobbying in Albany and meeting with pro-choice elected officials. Our goal was to get these elected officials to support the passage of the Reproductive Health Act. The Reproductive […]