If you have ever been a teen and have the courage to remember that time of your life, you know it is a time of huge changes on every level. It is also often a time of new found independence, and a time when you need the presence of trusted elders more than ever. Actually, it is a lot like finding your way in a new country/culture.
It takes a lot of courage to journey to a new and unknown land that you only know of from stories, books, things you have seen on TV or movies. You may have to leave many important things behind. Yet you carry, if only in your memories and your heart, those parts of your past that you cherish most.
In this new culture, you are likely to be faced with choices that challenge your way of doing things. You may struggle to fit in and still hold onto the lessons you have learned and the values you were taught. If you are lucky, you may have family or make friends in this new place who are willing to help you along the way.
Transitioning into your teen years and being the first, second or even third generation in a new and rapidly changing culture is a double whammy challenge. That’s why Berks Teens Matter is partnering with Barrio Alegria in “A River of Stories Project.” If you are willing to share your story to make this project a success for our community, or to learn more, take our survey at: www.barrioalegria.com/
Berks Teens Matter
By Nadine Smet-Weiss