Teen Talk: Teens take over the town
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Like helping others and giving back to your community? Local teens (like myself) in the city of Patterson are currently holding meetings every Thursday at 4 p.m. near the Skate Park at the Hammon Senior Center, 1033 W. Las Palmas Avenue.

As the Chairperson of the Youth Action Commission (YAC), my associates and I are encouraging all youth to come take action in their community. I personally think the youth action movement is very fun and engaging with others, and is definitely for people who have a positive mindset and want to be successful in life. Since joining the Patterson Teen Center, I’ve found myself traveling to different events and gaining a lot of new friends.

During the last couple of weeks, we have been hard at work planning the celebration of the 2nd Anniversary of the Patterson Teen Center on Friday, Jan. 31. On Jan. 21, the YAC board members wanted to personally invite all members of the city council to attend our anniversary celebration.

On Jan. 31, we experienced a big turn out! Many supporters from multiple organizations came out and participated in our fun activities, games and music. We wrapped up the night with multiple raffle prizes.

Patterson Teen Center would like to thank Steel & Ink, Sun Serenity, Patterson Family Pharmacy and Mountain Mikes Pizza for the donated raffle prizes. We would also like to thank Peer Recovery Art Project for providing hot dogs and water, and Friday Night Live for providing the music and disc jockey.

Patterson’s Youth Action Commission would also like to thank all that came out to our event and showed support for the youth in the community. We appreciate all the support from the community and continue to encourage new members to check out our movement.

For information, please call the Hammon Senior Center at 895-8083, or the Patterson Teen Center at 895-3536.

Dynasty Anderson,

Chairperson of YAC

Dreams do come true

“Success is key,” is one of the many phrases that come to mind when I think about obtaining a career. I want to be a singer, and in order to do that I have to work my way up to the top.

Yes, you will get a lot of “no’s” or rejections, but once in a blue moon, you get the perfect opportunity to take the chance, even if you’re shy or scared.

Recently, I’ve been given the chance to pursue my dream!

My sister’s friend works with recordings and sounds. He is in London at the moment. But my sister said she will try to set up a session with him when he gets back from London. Although this session may not be the big hit to my success, it will be the start of my career—but certainly not the end of it.

I know I will not be a success with one shot. It takes persistence, effort and passion to reach your goals. The key to success is always going to be in the back of my head. Just when I feel I can’t try anymore, I know I need to be strong-minded—and so should you. Follow your dreams, and do not give up.

You don’t know what you’ll be missing out on if you do.

Gabriel Garcia,

Freshmen at Patterson High School

Opening up your heart Has anyone ever come up to you for advice, but you didn’t know what to say? Opening your heart to someone isn’t always the easiest thing to do.

You don’t know the situation everyone is going through, and you might not have been through that particular instance in order to help that other person through their tough time. You want to help them so bad, but you don’t have the right mindset to help.

You also don’t want to give them the wrong advice, even if you mean well.

Sometimes it is a good thing to not know how to help, because they need to hear the information from someone who has experienced the situation firsthand. You have your moments when you can cry with them, laugh with them, and there are other times when you just have to walk in blind and be supportive.

Don’t feel bad if you can’t help them, because in the long run, they will become stronger and they will share their similar story with others that need the advice. Just be positive and supportive.

Gabriel Chadwick,

Eighth-grader at Creekside Middle School

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