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Mom wants him chaperoned on dates

Dear Counsellor,

I am a 15-year-old male and my mother refuses to allow me to go on a date unaccompanied. I am an average student, I do OK. My mother constantly nags about my schoolwork and my don’t-care attitude. I know I spend a lot of time on my phone and I love gaming. How can I work this out? Yours,
SH

Dear SH,

The situation you have presented is not unusual in mother and teen relationships. Your mother may have her reasons for her decisions, based on her experience or the experiences of others. I recognise, too, that your mother is not... read more

Why didn’t I get accepted to my Ivy League college of choice?

Dear Counsellor:
I am a 19-year-old male and I am concerned that my college applications have not been going as expected. I have 11 distinctions in CSEC and six distinctions in CAPE. I know that I am an excellent student, so why am I not being accepted to my first- or even second-choice Ivy League college? I am bordering on depression, as some of my friends have been accepted to colleges of their choice and I have not been. What is the problem? Is it that I am too qualified? Should I have omitted some of my accomplishments? I am actively involved in my community and my church. Is God... read more

3 fun facts about Australian wildlife

1. Wombat poo is shaped like a cube

Animal droppings are natural ways of marking territory to prevent confrontation and promote mating. In addition to scent markings, or scents produced by the hormones that animals release, wombats leave their cube-shaped scat as territorial signposts on the tops of rocks and logs. That distinct shape is beneficial, since the flat sides of the cubes keep the droppings in place on their precarious locations.

2. Platypus are highly poisonous and have enough poison to kill a dog or make a human seriously ill... read more

Would You Rather:Time To Try Something New

Reluctance to trying something new can be due to fear or just a strong belief that we will automatically dislike whatever the new thing is. However, everyone has to try something new at some point. Here are some scenarios to stimulate your thoughts about trying something new.

You and your parents are at your cousin’s wedding and the main course for the meal is some variation of rodent meat. Your cousin is from overseas and this meat is very popular in his culture. Everyone at the table seems enthusiastic to try the meat dish, but the very thought of it makes you queasy. If you don’t... read more

Success In The Frame

This week Youthlink puts the spotlight on another bright young mind – Matthew Orville Dawson, a young and passionate photographer and avid car enthusiast, is paving for himself an even brighter future. Speaking on his interest in cars, Dawson told Youthlink, “I knew I liked cars from I was eight, but I started really getting into them when I was 12.” As he met with us at Porsche Centre on Knutsford Boulevard in New Kingston, the
Excelsior High School graduate spoke of his special love for the Porsche brand. “I was getting tired of seeing the BMWs, Audis and Mercedes all the time.”... read more

5 foods for maximum brain power

AS WE all make the trek back to school, of course we think of the basics like books, bags, stationary and even lunch money; but what about just lunch? Believe it or not, the food we put in our bodies at school, and for school, is just as important as everything else we absorb there. Thus, it is essential that as growing teenagers dealing with all the mental stresses of school, we eat the best things to maximise our energy and brainpower. Here’s a list of foods that will help!

5. Eggs

This common breakfast item is known to improve memory abilities. According... read more

Would You Rather: Delayed gratification

This is an issue we all struggle with: “Do I enjoy what I can now or wait for the future when it could be better??”. Most people have to face decisions like these in everyday life. Some call delaying gratification discipline while others see it as stupidity. This week’s Would You Rather is meant to explore just how many of us prefer planning for the future as opposed to living in the moment. 

  • You see a phone that you’ve wanted for months as your phone is cracked and always malfunctioning. The phone you’re eyeing is the new trend at the moment but you could never afford one.... read more
Tavar Brown Petrojam’s H.J. Fenton Scholarship awardee

Petrojam’s H.J. Fenton Scholarship recipient for 2017 is more than just an academic. Tavar Brown exudes a confidence that makes him immediately likable, sitting down for a tell-all with Youthlink.

He recalls a type of growing up that would lean on the idea of chivalry being still alive as he, away from his parents in Kingston, started life in Clarendon at age three with grandparents and tremendous aunts. Though he missed Mommy, “not a little bit, but a lot,” Tavar says living with Grandma taught him certain life skills.

“Church was a must,” he said. “I never once recalled not... read more

Would You Rather: Shopping

In today’s society people are never short of needs and wants. In capitalist-driven societies like Jamaica, shopping is one of the most basic ways of obtaining our needs and wants. Shopping is unavoidable, whether we’re shopaholics or not. From wholesales to supermarkets, clothing stores to street vendors, there are a variety of commercial outlets from which to get the items on our shopping lists. However what exactly we buy and where we buy it from seems to depend on a variety of factors. This week’s collection of Would You Rather scenarios might help us discern exactly what influences our... read more

Britney Gabbidon - A young and rising poetic savant

It is an indisputable fact that young people, especially the current generation, shape all aspects of the world through their artistic, scientific, political, philosophical and social contributions. One might name the more popular likes of Zendaya, Yara Shahidi and Sasha Obama when listing today’s most influential young people.  But our region and our very own country have passionate young people of equal intellectual stature and power to influence. One such person worthy of highlight is 18-year-old Britney Gabbidon. Being a fresh poetic savant Britney was shortlisted from over 70... read more

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