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A is for Adolescence

By Megan

The term adolescence is used to describe the transition stage between childhood and adulthood. I believe that our adolescent stage in life is one of the most important stages because that is when we are able to find our true selves. Throughout our adolescent years, we are spending most of our time in high school. From the start of high school all the way until you graduate, you gain and lose friends, learn how to deal with relationships, in addition to gaining a good deal of knowledge, and learning where you fit in socially. I personally feel like these are our crucial years because they mold us into who we would like to be in our later future. […]

Empowerment, TORCH|

Cultural Humility

By Megan

After watching the short movie based on cultural humility, I realized that one should never put a halt to learning and the opportunity to be educated. As shown in the documentary, although you believe you know everything, it turns out that you never really know much. This shows how the journey never ends. Cultural […]

Empowerment, TORCH|

Argo

By Anonymous

In my school we have a program called Clothesline. Its purpose is to represent those that have been abused and encourage others to speak out. I am participating in this event. My father is my abuser. For years he has tried to break my spirit. My life is a game to him. I have […]

Bullying, TORCH|

What if that was you?

By Zeeva

Imagine you were pregnant and about to give birth in an isolated area located in Africa. There are no hospitals or trained professional individuals nearby to deliver your baby. The nearest clinic or medical building is three-four hours away. While traveling, there are no paved roads so your swollen body is rocking from side to side while harboring pain. It hurts A LOT. What if that was you? […]

Parenting, TORCH, Women's rights|

I Was Part of Change

By Theresa

Today was the day I, Theresa Twum, got to vote. Being the only person in my family qualified to vote makes me feel so special. Being my first time voting, I had no idea what to expect. I thought about how long the lines were going to be and about the time I […]

Empowerment, TORCH|

Bullying

By Lucia

During this week on Facebook I saw that a few girls were being bullied on pictures that they sent in the past and have now put on Facebook for everyone to see. I felt the pain that both these girls felt, but at the same time I asked myself why would they send naked […]

Bullying, TORCH|

Females Deserve Credit Too

By Megan

“Scroll through the titles and subtitles of recent books, and you will read that women have become ‘The Richer Sex,’ that ‘The Rise of Women Has Turned Men Into Boys,’ and that we may even be seeing ‘The End of Men.’ Several of the authors of these books posit that we are on the […]

Empowerment, TORCH|

Mitt Romney on Abortion

By Zeeva

As some of you may know, Mitt Romney is a firm anti-choice candidate. Romney has consistently opposed the Roe vs. Wade court case that legalized abortion. He has said that if he were elected, he wouldn’t look forward to restricting women’s freedom rights. That’s a lie. He supports Congress’s efforts to restrict the rights […]

Abortion, TORCH, Women's rights|

Lady Gaga’s Body Revolution 2013

By Omar

If you have seen on the internet lately Lady Gaga has posted a picture of herself in a BRA and PANTIES with the title “bulimia and anorexia since I was 15”. At no moment did she ask her fans to pose nude and post it online. I like that Lady Gaga is showing an […]

Empowerment, TORCH|

TORCH presents “Call Us Maybe”

by TORCH Program

This summer, our TORCH Peer Leaders and Interns put together a sex ed themed parody of the Carly Rae Jespen hit song, “Call Me Maybe”. We provide peer health education and training, and we spread the word about making responsible choices across New York City! Please check out our video and, if you’d […]

Sex education, TORCH|