Waltham Voices: Peer leaders making difference at Waltham High

Climber belaying fellow climber
Climber belaying fellow climber

February was Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (TDVAM), a national effort to raise awareness about abuse in teen relationships and promote healthy relationships. Dating violence is an issue that many teens experience. One in three teens in the U.S. will experience physical, sexual or emotional abuse by someone they are in a relationship with before they become adults.

Excerpt from Jessica Teperow’s article in Wicked Local Waltham– read more

To Walk in Someone Else’s Shoes

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I was 18 years old standing in the back of my high school church youth group when my mind got to thinking. At this age I was first beginning to become aware of issues happening globally as opposed to only my own nation or immediate surroundings. A desire grew within my mind to gain understanding of any perspective which I had yet to experience or understand. I wanted to truly see things from the perspective of the homeless, the child dying from disease in Africa, and the wealthy businessman.

My search for understanding of wider perspective was based largely on the desire to discover why problems of poverty (and by contrast excessive luxury) exist in our world at all. I wanted to gain understanding of what reality truly is. In reality, there is absolutely no technical reason why there should any poverty. Our attachment to symbolic representations of what wealth is has restricted us from liberating all of life to live, at least in the sense of physical circumstances, rather well.

Excerpt from Dylan Raines’s article- read more 

Logan Brinson, teen who overcame countless hardships, battles for his life

An undiagnosed chromosome disorder has meant countless surgeries, procedures and doctors. But through all of the hard times, he’s found his own way to blossom into a charismatic young man.

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Together with his mother, Rene Brinson, they’ve overcome countless hardships.

“There’s a balance in life,” Rene Brinson said. “As dark or as low as your lows are, that scale flips and that’s how high your highs are.”

With that balance in mind, the pair have faced every hardship head-on.

Excerpt from Jennifer Schack’s report on WLWT- see more