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Teens Speak Out: July 2

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Name:
Hannah

Age:
14
Who Are You?


I am not who I want to be.
Whose arms do you fall into?


Friends and Family.
What is the one miracle you are waiting for?


I want something to happen in my life. Life is so boring.
What is your weapon?


Music.
Whom do you miss the most?


My little-kid self.
What are you scared of?


The dark. Losing people I love. Rejection.
What is your favorite memory?


Going to Disney World with my family.
When was the last time God spoke to you and what did He say?


I don’t know.
What words are you holding onto in your pockets?
Many. So many. People have always trusted me with their secrets. I don’t want them.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?
Be yourself.
What advice would you give to your parents that will help them in raising you?
Don’t change.
Is there sometimes an emptiness inside you and what does it feel like?


It feels like I’m about to explode.
Are you enough?


No. No one is ever enough, at least not to themselves.

Teens Speak Out: June 25

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Name:
Hilary

Age:
16
Who Are You?


I am a believer, walking through this magical journey called “life.”
Whose arms do you fall into?


I fall into the arms of my parents. They are always there to support me and love me for who I am. Love comes and goes, but my parents will always be there to pick up the pieces.
What is the one miracle you are waiting for?


I am waiting for the plague of bullying to stop. I am sick and tired of seeing the suicides of victims of bullying.
What is your weapon?


My weapon is my outspoken nature. I will never let someone force me into a situation I do not believe in.
Whom do you miss the most?


I miss my grandmother. She has been dead for 9 years. There isn’t a day in the world I don’t think about her.
What are you scared of?
I’m scared that I won’t have enough time to see and experience everything.
What is your favorite memory?


My favorite memory has not been made yet. I have a lot of good memories, but I’m still creating my favorite.
When was the last time God spoke to you and what did He say?
God spoke to me when I saw you speak at my youth group convention. He spoke through you by telling us your amazing and inspiring story of courage and hope.
What words are you holding onto in your pockets?


I’m holding onto “You are the best you can be.” It always makes me feel better when I am feeling depressed.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?


I know it sounds corny but I love the phrase, “when one door closes another opens.” It always motivates me through all my rejections and hardships.
What advice would you give to your parents that will help them in raising you?


They’re already amazing, I have no advice.
Is there sometimes an emptiness inside you and what does it feel like?


It feels like something eating away at my happiness.
Are you enough?


Yes, I am. I am enough because I believe in everything I do. Sometimes I doubt myself, but I know I have a good head on my shoulders and everything will work out in the end.

Teens Speak Out: June 18

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Name:
Raynee

Age:
15
Who Are You?


A girl still trying to find herself
Whose arms do you fall into?


no one’s
What is the one miracle you are waiting for?


For peace in the world and for people to start accepting people for who they really are
What is your weapon?


Don’t have one
Whom do you miss the most?


My best friend who used to be there and now isn’t. She betrayed my trust twice and 2 of the worst experiences in my life
What are you scared of?


Being alone for the rest of my life or of people not accepting me for my insecurities
What is your favorite memory?


Being young and not worrying about teenage problems
When was the last time God spoke to you and what did He say?


He never spoke to me and i don’t think He ever will
What words are you holding onto in your pockets?


unworthy, not good enough, shy
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?


To be myself and not worry what other people say about me
What advice would you give to your parents that will help them in raising you?


To start believing me when i say something, or to start taking me more seriously
Is there sometimes an emptiness inside you and what does it feel like?


Oh ya! When I’m in fights that’s when i start feeling the emptiness. It feels as if nothing is inside of me and i just want to break down and cry, but tears never come
Are you enough?


In some ways I sometimes think I’m not and never feel like doing anything or think that people don’t think about me.

Teens Speak Out: June 11

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Name:
Brittany

Age:
14
Who Are You?


I am my own person. I’m a freshman in Las Vegas.
Whose arms do you fall into?
my best friend.
What is the one miracle you are waiting for?
Cures for cancer and disease
What is your weapon?
rubber bands
Whom do you miss the most?
People that have influenced my life.
What are you scared of?
People trying to change me
What is your favorite memory?
When you came to my camp.
When was the last time God spoke to you and what did He say?
when i met you. you opened my eyes to opportunities and made me feel like i am worth something.
What words are you holding onto in your pockets?


cutter. leave. me. alone.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?


follow your heart.
What advice would you give to your parents that will help them in raising you?


understand me.
Is there sometimes an emptiness inside you and what does it feel like?


things inside me wanting to get out.
Are you enough?


no, because i am not satisfied with myself.

Teens Speak Out: June 5

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Name:
Charlotte

Age:
15
Who Are You?

I am a teenage girl that is honest with everyone else but herself.
Whose arms do you fall into?
My best friend in the whole world, Emily.
What is the one miracle you are waiting for?


I am waiting for him to tell me he loves me because I know he feels the same way.
What is your weapon?


My weapon are my tears.
Whom do you miss the most?

I miss Leah the most. She was too young to die.
What are you scared of?


I’m scared that my life will fall apart because it’s taking me too long to get back to where I was. I’m terrified of ending up alone.
What is your favorite memory?


My favorite memory was when I was little and I dressed up as a bride and went out to Chinese food like that. I wish that I still had no cares in the world like I did when I was a kid. I want to stop growing up. Life is only getting more complicated and hard.
When was the last time God spoke to you and what did He say?


I was in Israel and I was putting my note in the Western Wall. He told me that it was all going to be OK and work out. I’m still trying to figure out if I completely believe Him.
What words are you holding onto in your pockets?

I’m holding onto the words “life is beautiful.” If I don’t think that, then I can’t accept anything that is happening in my life, ever. Those words keep me going everyday.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?


My friends told me that I am too negative about everything. They told me that I can’t live in the past because that can’t change anything. You have to live each day like it’s your last and make the most out of any situation that is thrown at you. Live for the future, because that is what will keep you motivated to make life better.
What advice would you give to your parents that will help them in raising you?


Yelling never solves anything. It just makes situations worse. You have to treat each other with respect. That’s the only way that a family will stay close.
Is there sometimes an emptiness inside you and what does it feel like?
The emptiness of not being wanted by anyone is always inside me. My biggest fear is to end up alone, so that always is in my mind, which causes the emptiness.
Are you enough?
I am not enough because I will never be able to fully except myself for who I am on the inside and outside.

Teens Speak Out: May 28

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Name:
sarah

Age:
14
Who Are You?


i don’t know, but then again, who does?
Whose arms do you fall into?


my best friend’s: she is the world to me. Maybe one day there will be a guys arms i can fall into.
What is the one miracle you are waiting for?

i guess i don’t really know
What is your weapon?


i flirt when i want something, but one time i took it too far. i got a hurt. more than just a little bit hurt. be careful about what u do and how far u take it, lets just say i ran to the wrong base.
Whom do you miss the most?


my friend who died last year. i miss him.
What are you scared of?


getting hurt again. i dont want to be used again. my body is mine and no one else’s.
What is your favorite memory?


When i was overlooking a waterfall with my best friend.
When was the last time God spoke to you and what did He say?


i don’t know….
What words are you holding onto in your pockets?


I’m scared. i try to make people believe that I’m stronger than i really am.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?


stay true to yourself.
What advice would you give to your parents that will help them in raising you?


Don’t judge, everyone makes mistakes.
Is there sometimes an emptiness inside you and what does it feel like?


yes. my friend is gone. i just want him back on this earth.
Are you enough?


i am enough. everyone is enough. i think that’s something that people need to learn. you are enough.

Teens Speak Out: May 21

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Name:
Alyson

Age:
23

Who Are You?

I’m gay. I’m both male and female and neither male nor female. I’m everything I’m not supposed to be. Nine times out of ten, I’m the one being bullied, the one putting everything on the line only to have it thrown back in my face.

Whose arms do you fall into?


I haven’t fallen into anyone arms yet. I’m still waiting for a knight(ess) in shining armor to come rescue me from this hell.

What is the one miracle you are waiting for?


To be able to live a day when I’m glad to be alive.

What is your weapon?


Myself. Isolation.

Whom do you miss the most?


EB…may she rest in peace after dying this past year by her own hands.
What are you scared of?


Dying. Living. Sex. Pleasure.

What is your favorite memory?


Telling on myself (to an adult) before I pulled the plug to end my life. Reaching out for help and submitting myself to going to the emergency room to stop myself from acting upon my urges.

When was the last time God spoke to you and what did He say?


She said how I’m beautiful and I deserve to live free of fear.
What words are you holding onto in your pockets?


The wish of “la libertad de nao sentir medo” (The freedom to not be afraid)

What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?


Someone, somewhere in this world, is waiting to meet you.

What advice would you give to your parents that will help them in raising you?


Don’t ever doubt your child of his/her potential.

Is there sometimes an emptiness inside you and what does it feel like?


Yes. It feels like being locked in my dog’s cage. Or like the time I had to eat dinner after visiting Auschwitz.

Are you enough?


No. I think if I were enough I would not be so dependent on self-loathing jokes.

Teens Speak Out: May 14

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Name:
hayley
Age:
14
Who Are You?
It’s difficult to describe myself, but in best words possible, I am an outgoing, random, funny and beautiful person inside and out, i know how to make others feel better and I don’t let anyone else make me feel inferior. I listen to my heart and mind and do what I think is right. I love to sing and act and boys hurt me a lot.
Whose arms do you fall into?
Mainly I fall into my dad’s arms, not about everything but a lot of things, mainly when I’m sad. Music for me is a coping method, friends also help me, but some things, like Scott said, are left in your closet or your front pockets.
What is the one miracle you are waiting for?
I am waiting for love, to be loved back by someone. For someone to make me feel good about myself to tell me I am beautiful.
What is your weapon?
Masturbation.
Who do you miss most?
Robert.
What are you scared of?
Not being accepted.
What is your favorite memory?
When I was little, playing, with no worries about life or any problems or fears.
When was the last time God spoke to you and what did He say?
My first time masturbating letting me know its okay.
What words are you holding onto in your pockets?
Fear, acceptance, masturbation.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?
Stay strong and true to yourself. Never change, Don’t let others let u feel inferior.
What advice would you give to your parents that will help them in raising you?
Don’t ask. Just love.
Is there sometimes an emptiness inside you and what does it feel like?
Yes like a hole in me.
Are you enough?
Yes, I am.

Teens Speak Out: May 7

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Name:
Confused and Lonely
Age:
13
Who Are You?
I don’t really know.
Whose arms do you fall into?
At the end of the day, no one’s. I don’t have anyone who really understands me.
What is the one miracle you are waiting for?
To find someone who loves me and someone that I can tell them everything: the big things and the little things.
What is your weapon?
Myself, I always put myself down.
Whom do you miss the most?
I miss my friend. When I switched schools, our relationship kind of died. I would love to be friends with her again.
What are you scared of?
At the end of the day, I’ll have no one who loves me.
What is your favorite memory?
It’s not a specific memory, but at camp. You actually came to my camp, Gindling Hilltop Camp. I feel like I’m close to finding myself there more than anywhere else.
When was the last time God spoke to you and what did He say?
He gave me the treat of going to camp.
What words are you holding onto in your pockets?
The ones you gave me. All the wisdom and advice and opinions you shared with us, I hope I’ll never forget.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?
The advice you gave us.
What advice would you give to your parents that will help them in raising you?
To listen to me, but don’t suffocate me. Give me space, but don’t separate yourself from me. I will always love you, despite what I may give off. It hurts when you yell at me, and I’ll never be perfect like Erica. I am my own person and you have to accept that.
Is there sometimes an emptiness inside you and what does it feel like?
There is an emptiness inside of me. It feels like I might collapse, that I might break. It happens when my parents are disappointed in me, or I disappoint myself, mostly.
Are you enough?
If it’s a good day, I’ll look in the mirror and smile at myself. But most of the time I’m not happy with who I am. Maybe because my parents and grandparents always try to improve me, trying to make my lose weight.

Teens Speak Out: April 30

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Name:
Lost In Art
Age:
13
Who Are You?


I’m am a girl. You talked at my Jewish Camp and it really touched me.
Whose arms do you fall into?


My friend, Sophie. She’s extremely loyal and is really nice.
What is the one miracle you are waiting for?
I’m just waiting for something amazing to happen to me.
Whom do you miss the most?


I miss my best friend from my old school. We were really close, but now we rarely talk.
What are you scared of?

I’m scared of being alone, mostly: my friends and family not loving me.
What is your favorite memory?


It’s not a particular memory, just being at camp. It’s my actual home, where I can be myself.
When was the last time God spoke to you and what did He say?


At camp, I asked Him to make something unforgettable happen. He didn’t make one thing in particular amazing, but instead gave me the gift of being at camp.
What words are you holding onto in your pockets?


The words that you said to us: Things Don’t Happen For a Reason. Things Happen and Then There’s a Reason.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?


Those who matter don’t mind and those who mind don’t matter
What advice would you give to your parents that will help them in raising you?
Be there for me, but don’t smother me. If I need help or advice, I will come to you, but you need to be there for me.
Is there sometimes an emptiness inside you and what does it feel like?


There is an emptiness inside me. I feel like nothing’s in my stomach and my heart feels like it’s breaking.
Are you enough?
I don’t think I am. When I look in the mirror, I don’t always love what I see back.