Editor's Note: In August, VOX teens hosted their peers from Kate's Club, a nonprofit helping young people through the death of a loved one. While the Kate's Club teens were here, they expressed themselves through artwork, creating mandalas (click here to see a photo gallery of their work) and through writing.
In honor of Child Grief Awareness Month, we'd like to showcase an essay and a poem dedicated to the Kate's Club theme of finding your inner confidence.
What Confidence Means to Me
To me, confidence is not caring what anybody else thinks and/or feels about you. If you walk with your head up high and push all the negative thoughts out of your ...
I agree. I accept. I have fully read the Terms and Conditions.
We click on these boxes daily but have you, really? It’s long, confusing, and full of legal jargon that even lawyers may have trouble understanding. Who has the time to wade through user agreements when there are so many other things to do? However, not reading them comes at a price because they are legally binding contracts. Sometimes, reading them seems to worsen the situation. I know from personal experience. When I was trying to download a trial version of Microsoft Word, Microsoft wanted me to give them my personal information. If I didn’t want to, Microsoft helpfully told me I could hit the cancel button – the one that would cancel my download.
What’s a teen to do? To ignore the terms and conditions is to give permission for the company to do whatever they please, yet ...
Most of Apple’s updates are pretty mundane, but the newest one – iOS 7 – has had everyone talking for months. Despite popular opinion, you may be wondering if iOS 7 is worth the hype. I assure you, it certainly is.
The highlight of iOS 7 is its sleek new design. Everything slides and fades instead of appearing instantly, as in previous versions. Though this makes for a very elegant user interface, there are some gestures in the new operating system that aren’t intuitive. I had to research how to force close apps, and sometimes the menus evade my finger, but these are only minor inconveniences. Most of the gestures are the same, and the additional ones make life extremely convenient. The best one is the control menu. Simply slide your finger up from off-screen, and you’re met with a menu that has toggles for common services (like Wi-Fi and ...
Last weekend, I attended the first Farm to Preschool Summit in the nation held at the Loudermilk Center in downtown Atlanta. Between classes and extracurricular activities, I barely have to time to think about food, never mind if it’s local or organic. However, I approached the summit with an open mind, and what I learned surprised me.
The day was punctuated with informative people and workshops. Alice Rolls, executive director of Georgia Organics, offered tips for teens who want to eat healthier. If you want more organic and local foods in the cafeteria, create a club. Or stake out a plot of land and start a community garden. “My biggest piece of advice for teens,” she said, her eyes twinkling, “is to get in the kitchen.”
Cashawn Myers, executive director of HABESHA [Helping Africa By Establishing Schools at Home and Abroad], also had advice. His nonprofit sponsors the annual Harvest ...
With spring break comes a much-needed carefree, lazy lifestyle for us to enjoy. Looking for things to do while you're away from the grind of school? Look no farther!
- A good book (or four!)
During the chaos of the school year, it may be hard to find time to read things you actually enjoy, but spring break is the perfect time to crack open a few books. (I personally will be finishing up "Anna Karenina" by Leo Tolstoy and "Anxiety and Neurosis" by Charles Rycroft).
- Hair change(s)
OK, stay with me for a bit. I associate spring break with easy-going hair. Be a little mpulsive and get a new cut or add some color. There are even rinse options available if you only want a temporary change that lasts just for the break.
- Bathing suits
Whether you’re going to Panama City Beach in Florida or staying home for the break, ...