Selected poems from “Cool Kids” club in Paterson I choose to stay true to myself by Shamya Winstead 18 and a virgin, wasn’t nothing easy about this journey. From the temptation, peer pressure, and social media. I choose to stay true to myself. I really don’t need anybody else. Between school and work, I had my hands full and wasn’t looking to get in any dirt. As long as I have my old school songs. I could do no wrong. These boys were just looking for some new toy. And that’s why I’m still 18 and a virgin. Is he [...]
My name is Monique McDonald and I am 17 years of age. I attend John F. Kennedy Educational Complex for Architecture and Construction Trades. After high school, I plan to attend an University to major in Architecture. I like to write poetry and songs, it relaxes me. My favorite genres of music are gospel and reggae. While, I was at the laundromat the lyrics to my song “I should of waited” just came to me; I started typing away and forgot all about folding my clothes.
I’m a 17 year old high school student, currently a senior. I don't think my life has been that difficult, but it’s definitely not been perfect. I was born in Cali, Colombia. My mother left my father when I was young to go to the United States in search of a better life for me. Adapting to the schools and language wasn't as hard as expected. Soon I had a stepfather who became a big part of my life and then a younger brother who is fun to bother Growing up, I had many friends who did drugs and sometimes [...]
"It was about 4 years ago when I attended my first Free Teens meeting. What I learned from Free Teens within my first two years, I didn't think I would need that advice as I got older, but I was wrong. This organization has taught me that practicing abstinence and being drug-free can save you from a stressful and dangerous life. Doing drugs can only lead you to three places: 1. The hospital. 2. In prison. 3. Six feet under. Now let's face it, no mother want to talk to their child through a window or even bury their child. No mother should go [...]
Dear Free Teens, I am a college freshman this year, 19, and finally on my own. My religion and culture have always emphasized abstinence until marriage, and I have chosen to obey that principle. When I was a young teenager, I also decided I would not have boyfriend in High School, and would not kiss anyone until after I graduated. I achieved my goals. I know some of the girls at my school that got pregnant in High School, or had irresponsible sex, and felt bad about it. I never had to worry about it, because I made the choices [...]