Back To School

Publié no picture MariaJoseCelis

no picture MariaJoseCelis
Inscrit le May 14, 2014
  • 16 Articles
  • Age 15

This is the palm tree that shielded me against the sun during the last school year. Watching "Girls Rising" I realized how incredibly privileged me and the people who surround me are. As the summer ends, and we all prepare ourselves to go back to school, I notice that we take school for granted. We know we'll be attending classes, and we don't stop and realize how much of a big deal it is. How incredibly blessed we are to be able to go to a school, sit at clean desks with new books...


The skirt isn’t the problem YOU are

Publié no picture MariaJoseCelis

no picture MariaJoseCelis
Inscrit le May 14, 2014
  • 16 Articles
  • Age 15

You wake up in the morning, and stand in front of your closet. Debating whether it is safe to wear a skirt. You decide to wear it, keeping in mind to be extra careful. You go out and walk to work. On the journey you encounter several degrading comments, comments that make your skin crawl. Comments that affect your mood putting you in a state of fear. You pick up your pace, only to receive racy stares from your co-workers. You unfortunately have to leave your workplace late. You...


What is important and what do you hope for the future?

Publié no picture MariaJoseCelis

no picture MariaJoseCelis
Inscrit le May 14, 2014
  • 16 Articles
  • Age 15

Very recently Kate sent an email with two very powerful questions: ‘‘what is important to you and your friends?’’ and ‘‘what do you hope for the future?’’ Taking these questions I asked my friends, and two answers really made me feel hope and joy for the next generation, and they helped me be able to say that the millennial generation is NOT LOST! Daniel’s Answer My best friend Daniel Camejo (Venezuelan), 15 answered in a way that I could connect in every wa...


What do you love?

Publié no picture MariaJoseCelis

no picture MariaJoseCelis
Inscrit le May 14, 2014
  • 16 Articles
  • Age 15

We all encounter hardships in life, and sometimes it takes a long time to rise up, and overcome them. There is one video that I find to be uplifting when I’m feeling down, a video that grounds me and inspires me to keep going. I would like to share this video with you guys. ‘The Collaboration Project – Love by Jacksgap’ This video was a project, you had to send in what you love. Why is this video important to me? I came across this video during a very hard period of my...


It’s Time to Wake Up!

Publié no picture MariaJoseCelis

no picture MariaJoseCelis
Inscrit le May 14, 2014
  • 16 Articles
  • Age 15

As December is coming to an end, and 2014 is wrapping up there is something on my mind that I really think that I should talk about. That being, waking up. But it’s not as simple, because many of us are still asleep. Asleep in the way that we are still submerged in a comfort bubble. This bubble is keeping us blind from the reality of the world. From the reality of the actions of those around us. Many tragedies and uprisings have left a void to be filled in families, schools,...


Teens and HIV/AIDS

Publié no picture MariaJoseCelis

no picture MariaJoseCelis
Inscrit le May 14, 2014
  • 16 Articles
  • Age 15

The HIV and AIDS awareness day was a while ago (December 1st) .A few weeks ago I watched a video from one of my role models Troye Sivan. In this video he talked about HIV and AIDS, and the importance of being informed about it. He said that some days ago he had watched a movie called The Normal Heart, it was about HIV and AIDS. He gave a brief description of the events in the movie that lead him to come to the sudden realization that him, a 19 year old gay man, who has had a ‘’...


I Don't Hate Men!

Publié no picture MariaJoseCelis

no picture MariaJoseCelis
Inscrit le May 14, 2014
  • 16 Articles
  • Age 15

Gender equality is a topic that fascinates me, and something that I believe we should all strive for and work towards. I am a proud feminist. But what I dislike is the misconceptions that come along with saying you are one. The surprised looks and the hollow single minded questions, those really bother me to be honest. I am 14 years old and I am currently in 9th grade. The other day, I don't remember precisely what I was talking about with a guy friend. At some point in the...


You can't fight pain with pain, don't let it define you

Publié no picture MariaJoseCelis

no picture MariaJoseCelis
Inscrit le May 14, 2014
  • 16 Articles
  • Age 15

Hello! I am so sorry as I have been absent from VOY for a month. This being due to very hard times right now. I needed to gather myself in order to do my best and I'm back and ready. Due to all the things going on right now I've learned many things. The main one is that you can't fight pain with pain. We've all gone through many hard things, maybe many of you are in my situation in which you life has turned upside down. Life is a world of pain for everybody "...


Is it controversial? - LGTB rights

Publié no picture MariaJoseCelis

no picture MariaJoseCelis
Inscrit le May 14, 2014
  • 16 Articles
  • Age 15

"Dude that's so gay" When did phrases like this become an insult? Have you ever been called "faggot" or "fag"? When and why did people make this a degrading term? When did being gay become an illness or an abnormality? Why do people go against gay rights? I believe it's because of one thing and it's total ignorance. Some may take it on the religious side but Pope Francis said : What am I supposed to do, if a son of God comes seeking help and he's gay? Am I supposed to turn th...


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  • MariaJoseCelis

    Colombian living in Ecuador BringBackOurGirlsAmerica


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    Age 15 • 16 Articles