On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks, a woman of color, was arrested for refusing to give up her seat on a segregated bus. Till this day, she is known for her bravery of the Montgomery Bus Boycott, not only because she stood up for what was right, but also because she helped spark a revolution known as the civil rights movement.


Rosa Parks was born and raised in Tuskegee, Alabama, where she encountered many challenges, due to her skin color. However, she continued to push through with what she had. Lacking an education, encountering numerous inequalities, and dealing with the little she had, Parks was on her way home from work, when all the chaos went down. Passing the white line of demarcation, Parks sat where the “colored” section was on the bus. It wasn’t until their bus driver, who had the ultimate power, asked Parks and few others to give up their seats for the other white passengers, who were standing. As the others got up from her seat, Parks remained put, because she had finally had it with the discrimination of her people. By doing so, Parks was arrested and lead the Montgomery Bus boycott, that led the Supreme Court ruling in favor of Parks arrest and all segregation in public transit systems unconstitutional.


As we look throughout our nation’s history, we have seen many women that have made a difference, like Rosa Parks. For example:

  1. Queen Liliuokalani was the first female monarch of Hawaii
  2. Calara Barton the founder of the American Red Cross
  3. Michele Obama advocating for healthy living
  4. Anna May Wong representing her country of China being one of the first Chinese-American movie stars
  5. Amelia Earhart creating a path for women in aviation
  6. Junko Tabei being the first women to completely climb Mount Everest
  7. Susan B. Anthony the godmother of social work
  8. Helen Keller defiling the odds of being deaf and blind
  9. Elizabeth Eckford attending the first desegregated high school
  10. Kalpana Chawla representing the first Indian woman in space


And the list goes on…


With numerous examples of women changing history, you can see that being a woman, no matter your background, culture, or ethnicity can make a difference in this world. Whether it’s making someone smile or advocating for social injustice, whatever it may be, you can do anything. Every woman is capable, but it’s every woman’s choice to do the work. When you are ready, the world is waiting to hear your life-changing story.


Have a great holiday season and we can’t wait to hear the impact you make on this world!


Let October Begin!


Now is the time to plan for your best costume yet. Since we have exactly 30 days till Halloween, let the planning begin!

First things first, brainstorm ideas of what you want to dress as, or better yet who you want to be on the 31st.
Select the best idea you have
Before you start looking online for clothes or rushing to your nearest costume store, check your closet first. Pull out everything you have and see if you can create your own costume. If there’s absolutely nothing you can come up with, go find your outfit elsewhere! If you want to save some cash, go check out some thrift stores around you.
Once you got your outfit all planned out, definitely check where you are going to go: stay in your neighborhood, check out any cool parties in town, and definitely get some candy!

If you are reading this at a later date or even the day of and still haven’t found an outfit, check out some DIY options:

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And if all else fails, dress like yourself and just enjoy a great night!

Remember to stay safe! There will be a lot of people out and about, so be aware of your surroundings, whether your walking or driving. Just like in preschool, stick with the buddy system. Go with somebody wherever you go to ensure you are safe through the night. If you are unable to find a buddy for the night, definitely make sure you have your phone or a way to contact someone if you are in need of any help.

Make sure you have something to eat before you start tanking all that candy you get. If you have any allergies, make sure you check the ingredients of the treats you got before you start biting into them. But don’t worry, this can be your cheat day for the week. This is your one night you can get away from eating all the candy you want. Just make sure you remember to brush your teeth before you go to bed tonight!

Ways to stay ahead in school!


  1. Put in the time. Take your time while studying go over things that you don’t understand and be sure to ask questions so you better understand the material. If there is required reading do the reading and if you have any extra time read ahead.
  2. Use your resources. Look up extra material online. Read extra articles on your homework topic. Discuss homework with your peers. Use spell check, dictionaries and thesaurus when needed.
  3. Do your homework when it is assigned. Try and start it at school so you can ask questions and then you will also have more free time once you are out of school.
  4. Take detailed notes. These notes will be very helpful for reviewing later and using on future tests and projects. Try and keep them organized so they are easy to read and review.
  5. Be motivated. It is a lot easier to learn something when you want to vs. feeling like you are forced to learn it. Try and keep an open mind even when learning a subject you are not interested in. You never know when the knowledge will come in handy!
  6. Find out what teachers expect from you. All teachers are different and often grade differently, ask them what the requirements are for papers, projects and tests. If you can try and go above just what is required.
  7. Use time management skills. As important as it is to set aside time to do homework it is equally as important to set time to do things you enjoy such as hanging with friends, going to sporting events, volunteering or reading books at leisure.
  8. Always go to class. All classes are full of valuable information, you do not want to miss anything that is important for an upcoming test. It is often hard to gather all the information that is presented in a class.


Good luck and do your best! Make this the best year yet!

Prom Tips!

Prom season is here! Just the other day I saw a creative invitation to Prom, a High Schooler used the Abbey’s reader board to ask his date! Hopefully she said “Yes!”promshopping521

A few tips I can offer you is:

Take lots of pictures, not only will your parents appreciate this, you will enjoy having them to look back on when you are older!

Comfortable shoes are a must if you are going to be dancing all night long!

Drink lots of water, when you are dancing and in a crowd it is easy to become dehydrated and you don’t want to risk not feeling well at your Prom!

Make sure you form a plan with your parents, letting them know when it starts and ends, who you are going with and what your plans are after.

If you bringing a clutch or small purse it may be helpful to put in a small emergency kit that includes safety pins, bobby pins, hair ties, band aids and a little extra money in it!

The main thing is to have fun! It is a night to celebrate with your friends and classmates!

Marchin’ In March

Did you know: The month of March was named after the Roman god of war, named Martius?

Did you know: In many cultures, March is considered the first month of the year, in which they celebrate the New Year’s?

If all this is true, what better month to celebrate NATIONAL WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH! From March 8 National Women’s Day to having the week of March 8 as Women’s History Week, we now celebrate a whole month dedicated to women around the world!

Many of us wouldn’t be here today without the wonderful ladies before us. In fact, more than centuries ago, women were fighting to have the same rights as men. Women in the 1800’s began to realize that they were not getting the same treatment or benefits as men. One of the biggest advantages for men was the fact they were able to vote. Therefore, women rallied together across the United States to pursue their rights.

To promote their awareness, women did what? You guessed it! They MARCHED their way to their independence. Through numerous of petitions, years of protesting, and united suffrage organizations, women continued to press on making a difference throughout our states. It actually wasn’t until May 1920, when Congress passed the 19th Amendment: “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.”

In all, this month focuses on celebrating all the contributions women around the world have made throughout our history. From Amelia Earhart being the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean to Rosa Parks refusing to give her seat up on a bus, women around the world are worthy of praise and making great differences in people’s lives.

This year’s theme for International Women’s Day is #BalanceforBetter. Bringing awareness to a well-balanced world, we all can live in harmony, no matter the color of our skin, race, or ethnicity. It’s really to celebrate the “social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women – while also marking a call to action for accelerating gender balance.” Don’t forget to share this with your friends and family.

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For more information check-out: https://www.internationalwomensday.com/

We want to celebrate women and girls of all cultures, races, and ethnicities this month! Thank you, ladies, for MARCHING along with us and making a difference in all of our lives. From the biggest achievements to the littlest accomplishments, be proud to be a female.

February Is Full Of Love!

feb blog picLove means different things to different people.

As a teenager starting to date you will hear lots of advice from peers, family, teachers and social media. Each brings a unique source of advice.

Throughout my life I too have received advice from all the above and in my opinion there are 7 universal qualities that are needed to have a long lasting loving relationship.

  1. Trust- Accepting another’s word and giving each other the benefit of doubt
  2. Accountability- Admit your mistakes and take responsibility for one’s behavior, attitudes and beliefs.
  3. Cooperation- Make decisions together, accept if a change occurs and a win-win solution to problems.
  4. Support- Support each other’s choices, be understanding, offer encouragement, listen to one another non-judgmentally and value each other’s opinions.
  5. Honesty- Communicate openly and truthfully.
  6. Safety- Respecting one’s physical space and expressing oneself non- violently.
  7. Respect- Respect your partner’s choices, values and beliefs.

Santa Claus is coming!

Holiday season is in full swing, I am now ok with hearing Christmas music and seeing the store displays up! Personally I think it is silly we start seeing and hearing such things around Halloween!

One of the many great things to enjoy around Christmas is curling up on the couch to a holiday movie! There are so many to choose from I have compiled a list from the staff here at Youth Outreach of some of our favorite movies: Home Alone, The Grinch, The Polar Express, Elf and Christmas Vacation were the most popular followed by a couple of classic choices: The Year without Santa, A White Christmas and A Christmas Story.  A personal favorite of mine is Miracle on 34th street.

I suggest making some hot cocoa and finding a warm blanket and popping one of these in and enjoy!


Things I wish I knew in High School!

The leaves are beginning to change and school is back in full swing, going from the freedom of summer to the busy schedule of school and extra curricular activities takes a minute to adjust to. It is time to just breathe and enjoy this time, because Graduation will be here before you know it!

It has been a minute since I have sat in a homeroom class but with age I like to think I’ve gained some wisdom that is worth sharing, here are a few things I wish I would’ve known in my younger years:

Take Risks- You will learn so much about yourself when you go outside of your comfort zone.

Do your homework- It not only will keep your teachers happy, but will help prepare you for tests and who knows maybe you just might learn something that will help you win Jeopardy someday!

It only last 4 years- Yes, High School is the center of your life now but in the grand scheme of things it is only 4 years.

Get involved- Play a sport, volunteer, join a club or 5! You will create lasting memories with those who are also involved.

Who you are now is not who you’ll always be- Use these years to figure things out, you are still growing into the person you will be as an adult.  You don’t have to have the answers to everything now.

Despite what you think you know, you are not grown- Listen to advice from your parents and teachers, you don’t always have to agree but they are often speaking from experience and just trying to help.

High school drama is pointless- You likely won’t stay in contact with those who cause drama in you and your friends life. Try to brush of any rumors or speak to an adult if issues with someone keeps persisting.

Don’t worry so much about your appearance- Most likely people aren’t even paying attention to what you are wearing since they are caught up in their own appearances.

Get some sleep- Yes it is fun to stay up until 3 in the morning with friends but there is always a lot going on during these years and in order to function at your best you’ll want to have a consistent sleep schedule.

How to budget- Don’t always blow your whole paycheck if you are working, by putting a little into savings will help jump start your future and you never know when an emergency will happen and having a little put away will go a long way.

Get to know yourself- Explore your interests, figure out what your likes and dislikes are. Getting to know yourself better will help build confidence.

How to impress in a dress on a budget!

All the fun ahomecomingnd exciting events of Homecoming will be here before you know it! But don’t sweat, there is still time and plenty of places where you can find a dress that will make you feel like the belle of the ball! If you are not looking to spend a ton of money for a dress that you most likely will only wear once, there are a handful of resale shops around!

New to You and Goodwill are located in McMinnville.  Newberg has Lucky Finds, Newberg Thrift Shop and a Goodwill.  These shops can also be found online at:





Since those are all local why not get a group of friends together and spend an afternoon trying on all styles of dresses from silly ones to ball gowns, you never know what you will end up with! One thing for sure is you will have lots of laughs and make lots of memories!

If you are more of an online shopper, Facebook market place is a great tool. You can make a post that you are in search of homecoming dresses or just browse and see if any pop up. Just make sure you have parental consent and always have a safe public designated meeting place.

Other options to consider, Ross in McMinnville often has a selection of formal wear. If you are wanting to make a drive Adorned in Grace is in Portland and is a great shop where their proceeds go to help stop human trafficking.

All of these are places you also might want to keep in mind for prom dress shopping as well!



Many times throughout a year people set goals that they can work towards and achieve during that year. Also every year people quickly give up on those goals. Why is that? There are many reasons behind failing at the goals you set.

One reason might be that you didn’t set a goal that was actually achievable. Another reason might be that you didn’t know how to really get started on the goal so you stopped before getting started.

Have you thought about setting a goal or two you’d like to achieve? Have you already set one but you haven’t put much effort on achieving?

Here are a couple of tips to think about:

1.) Keeping it real. Choose a goal that you can reach. So, for example if you are failing a class and you want an A instead, what are the steps you’d take to raise your grade. Those steps could look like this:

first-attend class everyday

second-turn in assignments

third-ask for extra credit work

finally-don’t be afraid to ask for help.

2.) Break your bigger, ultimate goal into smaller achievable ones. From the previous example your ultimate goal would be to get an A in your class that you’re currently failing. Smaller goals that you can achieve in a shorter period of time will help you feel better and keep you motivated to achieve that ultimate goal you set. If we look at the previous example a smaller goal could be that by using the previous steps I will have brought my grade up from failing to a C. You now have a smaller, easier to obtain goal that you can work toward. Once you achieve that smaller goal you’re only another step away from achieving that A.