Clair Memorial Club, Jersey City
Joint club Outing to Camelback Park, August 2016
Free Teens Youth Newsletter 2012
The Paterson Youth Council and the mayor of Paterson bestowed Khadija Moody with the Youth Recognition Award, in honor of Martin Luther King Jr., on January 19, 2015, for her volunteer work, community service, academic accomplishments, and her involvement with Free Teens of Paterson along with other notable organizations.
The following is an essay she wrote regarding her experiences with Free Teens:
“What I’ve Learned from Free Teens”
Khadijah Moody, 14, 9th grader at Eastside HS
Why do I choose to be a Free Teen? Well, why not? Free Teens is a network of support that I can always rely on. They are always there if I ever need to talk. I can basically call them my second family.
Free Teens has frequent meetings that help to mentor me in the right direction and avoid negative crowds and decision making. Secondly, Free Teens informs me of the consequences that I will be penalized by if I make the wrong decisions.
Free Teens helps educate teens about how to prevent making bad decisions or to avoid making them again. Being able to resist the temptation of sex, drugs, and negative thinking is not as easy for me as I make it look. This has been years in the making. I’ve been in Free Teens since I was 12, so that’s 2 years of training on making the right decisions.
Being in Free Teens has exposed me to things I would have never been exposed to if not for Free Teens. I learned that if you make the right choices as a teenager you won’t regret your choices as an adult. You’ll be able to look back at Free Teens and know that they were the reason you refrained from sex and drugs, and you are a better person because of its teachings. Not only are you a better person, but a happy person. You can be happy knowing that you waited to have sex until marriage and that you never did drugs and you always made good decisions. Not only does this program help me abstain from sex, drugs and negative thinking, but this program also offers community service and the opportunity to meet new friends wit the same mindset as you. This is why I chose Free Teens and I strongly recommend it to you.
Esaias Tauates, 13, PS25
I came to Free Teens because I’m interested in making better relationships, to be more social with people, to learn about things to do and not to in life such as drugs and alcohol.
We at the Institute for Relationship Intelligence have put together this new website in preparation for the upcoming academic school year! The slogan behind the design of this website is “Choose To Be Free,” which was inspired by our mission statement, with an emphasis upon empowering our members to lead happy lives and successful futures. The “Powerful Teens” section is an informational section filled with videos, articles, media, and books that will help our members look introspectively to see how they can grow as individuals. The “Teens Talk” section will feature the statements, questions, and writings of our members that will be a testament to their endeavors and lifestyle choices that will positively impact their peers. The “Our Communities” section focuses on the clubs that help foster our members as they navigate life and the announcements and articles we would like to share with all our communities. With this new interface that engages all browsing visitors and encourages member contribution, we are eager for your involvement and input as we all look forwards to our bright futures!