Teens, we make a difference!

Written by: Mariersteve

If teenagers weren’t helping out in this society would you think it would make much of an impact or difference on society? What if I told you that teenagers all over the world make huge differences for our communities. What if I told you teens take matters in their own hands when someone is in need for help. Teens are very important in every way in this evolving society, because we tend to make our voices heard throughout the crowd of dominating adults. Many of us will go through tremendous efforts to try and help out our peers or have an unique talent to try and fix problems or situations. We try to understand and resolve our friends never-ending list of problems. Our greatest achievements would be the impact upon the community or world and how we manage to accomplish our goals who are then extended to the world.

It is our small gestures that might create big differences upon someone’s feelings and make that person more accommodated in school. In the short story of “A Simple Hello”, Katie Houston notices that there are some kids at her school that don’t quite fit in, who are alone and have hardly any friends. She decides to give her time to just say a simple hello to those lonely kids to help them feel more appreciated as she remembers when one day a person said hello to her which changed her life forever. № In the short story of Sandy Pathe in “An Open Heart”, describes her trip to Honduras which is a small country in Central America where her and eighteen of her peers tried their best to accompany lonely children in an orphanage and experience the way of life they live and learn the differences from our life in North America. Sandy and her peers where committed to make a difference in their young lives. І Most people would not even recognize how the little things we do can make a huge difference and impact on someone’s life. It is important to always try to make someone’s life a better life.

We tend to naturally try and give the best possible help to our friends and parents. Most of all we try to understand other peoples situations by trying to find the best possible solutions. We also try and think beyond economics and care for our future environment by trying to reduce pollution in every way possible. We don’t have a choice as it will become our problem if we don’t examine our current situation or it will be the next generations problems if we don’t start now. When a train wreck occurs the only possible solution is to clean it up so we can reuse the tracks and, get the train traffic moving again it is the same with pollution there is a limit to what the world can absorb. The only difference is when that train is down and in the way we immediately take action to remove it from ours paths, as for pollution we tend not to worry about it and, not see the unpleasant long term effects that will be upon us in the future. As in the short story “Young People” when a teen named David Grassby proposed that we refill oil containers at local stores instead of throwing it away each time it becomes empty. If everyone refilled each container at local stores it would not end up in land fields and contaminate our water and resources from the oil residue still left in, from the thousands of empty car oil containers. і Most teens if given a chance to help others will jump at the opportunity by giving a hand or there time. In the short story of “Teenagers Today” when almost an entire student class volunteered there time and effort to organize a found raiser to help built a memorabilia to honour of their friend, C. T. Schmitz who died of cancer at the age of fifteen. 4 Most of us don’t realize how the community might appreciate this action and how it is important to preserve the environment and start cleaning it out by recycling and reusing our materials. Teens might be the only ones who actually take it a step more as being extremely serious, as we can see what kind of effects are being felt around the world from pollution, for example global warming, and were the ones who are going to have to clean up this train wreck (or many train wrecks) to reuse our tracks for transportation! (keep this world moving)

Throughout the years there have been many teens or young adults who completely changed our ways of fighting disease. The number one disease would have to be cancer, if we wouldn’t of had Terry Fox to encourage us to donate money for this deadly disease he wouldn’t of probably not have the courage or determination to continue his journey to fight his disease and disability. He encouraged thousands of organisations worldwide to fight cancer and to help raise money and awareness for cancer research. Terry believed he won his fight against cancer because he saw how many people believed in him and how they encouraged him in his Marathon of Hope. Running across Canada was his way of to show the world that he was not going out with out a fight. We are grateful for his accomplishments and he is a role model for any young Canadian looking to change the world. In the short story of “The Runner Terry Fox” show’s us how Terry inspired many people around the world to continue to fight cancer and describes to us what his journey accomplished, and what challengers he had to go through. 5 In my mind he is the only true Canadian hero who stands out from the rest of celebrities. He is remembered for his dedication to fight cancer and, is one of the greatest athlete to run the face of this planet and for doing it all at a young age.

To change the world at a young age is not an impossible mission or goal, if you have determination and faith in what you want to accomplish than what’s stopping you? You might not realize it but your probably effecting or changing someone’s world right now by simply helping them go through life’s little problems at one step at a time. We are not born to please everyone around us, but if we give an effort to try and get involved in the community so we can make a difference and stand out then that’s all we need. In the future the world will depend on us and the future generations to restore the world and to stop polluting our earth but finding new ways that are more efficient, we do not have a choice. Rather we decide to improve on this issue right now or our children are going to have to get on it, in the meantime why not try our best and find new ways of solving this problem right now, so we can enter the work force without having to deal with this issue. We are the ones who will make differences and if you do it as early as possible there’s not limit on what can be changed or improved. If we could do what Terry Fox did for every disease known on this planet we would have faster research methods to understand and learn how to fight each and every disease. We would be able to make a difference and change the world for our children for many years to come.

Bibliography

Houston, Katie E. “A Simple Hello” in Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul II. ed. Jack Canfield.

Deerbeach, Florida : Health Communications Inc., 1998.

Ichim, Christine from blue jean magazine “Living on The Edge” in Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul II. ed. Jack Canfield. Deerbeach, Florida : Health Communications Inc., 1998.

Kirberger, Kimberly “Teenagers Today” in Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul II. ed. Jack Canfield. Deerbeach, Florida : Health Communications Inc., 1998.

Pathe, Sandy “An Open Heart” in Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul II. ed. Jack Canfield. Deerbeach, Florida : Health Communications Inc., 1998.

“Samira Thomas”

Student Resource Package, Document 3

Suzuki, David “Young People”

Student Resource Package, Document 2

“The Life and Times of Terry Fox.” The Terry Fox Foundation, 1998.

“The Runner Terry Fox”

Student Resource Package, Document 1

“Thomas and Christine Ichim”

Student Resource Package, Document 4

Endnotes

1. Katie E. Honston, “A Simple Hello” in Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul II. ed. Jack Canfield ( Deerbeach, Florida : Health Communications, Inc, 1998 ), P. 97.

2. Sandy Pathe, “An Open Heart” in Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul II. ed. Jack Canfield ( Deerbeach, Florida : Health Communications, Inc, 1998 ), P. 298.

3. David Suzuki, “Young People”

Student Resource Package, Document 3

4. Kimberly Kirberger, “Teenagers Today” in Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul II. ed. Jack Canfield ( Deerbeach, Florida : Health Communications, Inc, 1998 ), P. 296.

5. “The Runner Terry Fox”

Student Resource Package, Document 1




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