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DEAR COUNSELLOR: Faking it with my ‘friends’

Dear Counsellor:
I am a 16-year-old student who is inclined to, what you would call, ‘faking it’. I am surrounded by the type of people who I have to be conscious of what I say, for fear of being judged. In other words, I cannot be myself. I call these people my friends, but they are anything but that, for I know they continuously talk about me behind my back. I am afraid to drop these friends, fearful of being alone, and also because I have grown attached to them. Yours truly,
T.C.

Dear T.C.,
Adolescence is an interesting time in a young person’s life. It is... read more

WOULD YOU RATHER HOLIDAY DILEMMA: WHAT ON EARTH SHOULD I DO?

Christmas is a time for giving, eating sumptuous food, spending time with family, partying with friends, worshipping and, in general, enjoying life. However, all this doesn’t mean that Christmas is always merry. Sometimes we can face issues during Christmas simply because we are unable to celebrate it how we like to, or we cannot decide what we’d rather do with the festive season. Check out these situations.

It’s Grand Market night, and you and your friends have been preparing for it for weeks now. However, your parents are going to a business function but they can’t take your... read more

Youth ‘level up’ for Youth Month

Youth across Jamaica began their month-long campaign to ‘level up’ at the launch of National Youth Month on Friday, November 2, at the newly opened Ocean Seven Lounge at Victoria Pier in downtown Kingston.

The event began at 5 p.m. with scores of energized youth, and “highlighted the numerous opportunities that the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information has coordinated to ensure that all Jamaican youth can have access to ‘level up’ their academics, community involvement, skill development and entrepreneurial efforts”, said State Minister Floyd Green. A realistic, three-... read more

Shamaro Brown is looking to make his mark in landscaping

Shamaro Brown

Kellits High School’s head boy, Shemaro Brown, has his sights set on being an architect or a building engineer. This desire, he said, is powered by his love for the practical field. Today, he is thankful for having positive influences in his life, and he doesn’t even want to think what would have happened to him otherwise.

According to Shemaro, when he started Kellits High he wasn’t exactly a model student. “When I was in grade seven, while I was not disrespectful to teachers, I was very troublesome and used to pick on students and do troublesome things,” he confessed.

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SWEET SUCCESS Shy-Anne Shamelia Harris grateful for CSEC passes

Shy-Anne Harris

As countless students are in the throes of academic study, homework assignments and graded classwork, Youthlink takes the time to share some success stories as sources of motivation for the future. Celebrate the accomplishments of these champions of the recent Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) exams.

Reading about success is always sweet, especially when it highlights the limitless potential of our young people. Success tastes even better for those experiencing it and those witnessing it, when it emerges beyond the shadow of struggle. Thus, for 17-year-old... read more

YL:DEAR COUNSELLOR Imprisoned father

Dear Counsellor:
I am a 16 years old and I am literally melting down and confused on the inside. My father is being innocently imprisoned for 15 years for an ‘unseen’ crime. He is, or was, the breadwinner of a family of four. I am nothing without him; and my younger sisters, too. I am flooded with negative questions that are affecting me mentally and physically. I usually do well in school, recently passing seven subjects and now on to sixth form, but as time goes by, I am slowly slipping. It’s difficult for my mother to send three children to school and my community isn’t large,... read more

Teenagers and college choice

Alexis Setteducato (second right), Caribbean recruiter, USF, and Diandra Booth, USF alumnus, chat with students at the Education USA’s College Fair 2018, held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston recently.

Dear Counsellor:
I am a 17-year-old female and I am concerned that my parents and I are having different views on which university is the best choice. I have been trying to tell them that my friend, who is a student at one university, is very impressed with it and has suggested that I enroll there because it is one of the best universities in Jamaica. What makes one tertiary institution better than another?
– Z.R.

Dear Z.R.,
Exploration of tertiary institutions and the application process is a time of anxiety, joy, confusion, and pride. These are just a few of the... read more

WOULD YOU RATHER: STYLE VS RULES

It’s natural for all of us to have our own sense of style. Usually, we are encouraged to express this style freely, but in some situations we just cannot. This is especially true when situations involve rules, whether documented or understood, that affect what we can wear or are not to wear. Here are some examples of how rules can challenge our sense of style.

Your school is having Costume Day. You are allowed to wear any costume you want, as long as it is not inappropriate. For your costume, you decide to dye your hair red with temporary hair dye. Upon seeing your costume, a... read more

DEAR COUNSELLOR: 16 and pregnant

Dear Counsellor,
I am 16 years old and I am four months pregnant. My parents do not know that I am pregnant, and my boyfriend is also afraid to tell his parents about it. I do not know what I am going to do. I am having conflicting thoughts about my options. I know that they will be angry and disappointed, as this happened to my older cousin last year. I feel stupid and disappointed. How do I tell my parents? What do I do now? Yours truly,
R.A.

Dear R.A.,
An unplanned pregnancy is tough to deal with, especially if you have an idea as to the response you will likely... read more

10 fun facts about Canada

1.Canada is home to the longest street in the world. Yonge Street in Ontario starts at Lake Ontario and runs north through Ontario to the Minnesota border, a distance of almost 2,000km.

2.Canada holds the record for the most gold medals ever won at the Winter Olympics, taking 14 golds at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.

3.Canada has twice been invaded by the United States – first in 1775 and again in 1812.

4.Canada was named through a misunderstanding. When Jaques Cartier, a French explorer, came to the New World, he met with local natives, who invited them to their... read more

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