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? […]

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 […]

November 13, 2012Empowerment, TORCH|


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 […]

November 6, 2012Bullying, 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 […]

October 25, 2012Empowerment, 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Gun Positive

By Chelsea

Ever since the Aurora theater shooting in Colorado, there have been gun debates all over the country. People have been going back and forth about what could’ve should’ve would’ve happened that terrible day. Lots of “what ifs” have been thrown around. It’s a very controversial and sensitive topic. Some people believe that the shooter, James Holmes, could have been stopped if someone else in the theater had possessed a gun. Others say that no one should own guns because they’re too dangerous and people won’t or don’t know how to use them. They believe that gun laws should be restricted, that it’s time to crack down. They have been talking a lot about the cons of guns, which got me thinking. Why is it that firearms have a negative connotation? Why do so many people oppose them? […]

August 9, 2012TORCH|

Louisiana Charter School Prohibits Pregnant Females From Continuing Education

By Megan

As I was reading through the blog,, I ran across a headline that really shocked me. “Louisiana charter school totally illegally kicks out students for becoming pregnant.” My first thought was, “How is this possible?” I’ve seen a handful of pregnant females at my Bronx high school; I’ve seen them all 9 months throughout their pregnancy, and still, I see them after they give birth finishing high school. […]

Life After Death? And Immortality…Somewhat.

By Kavon

When a person dies, it is most commonly shown that people throw a funeral and the deceased person gets buried underground in a casket. But I believe that isn’t just it. I think through the memories, the pictures, the good, the bad, and the conversations, the life of a person continues on. Which I […]

August 8, 2012TORCH|