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22. Cover Feature & Interview with Drew Sidora

6. Beauty & Health 5 Ways To Spot A Fad Diet

9. College News How To Write A Winning College Essay

18. The Latest in 2010 Prom Fashion

27. Teen Dating Tips Knowing When It’s Over “Breaking Up”

11. Fashion Spring Fashion 2010

12. Booshie Bagz The New UK Craze

17. Entertainment News Meet K1nk

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29. Sport Highlights Choosing The Right Team Sports For You


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“Urban Teen Magazine” is a magazine written for and by San Diego local teens (13-18 years old). Urban Teen Magazine is a magazine dedicated to teens with stories that affect them, such as local & current events, music, beauty & fashion, technology, sports, community local heroes, as well as feature articles. It is our Goal and Mission to provide the opportunity for talented local 8th – 12th grade students an outlet to showcase and develop their writing skills, and provide them with a chance to obtain scholarships to pursue their educational aspirations, as well as receive recognition from their community and peers. Urban Teen Magazine is always looking for fresh new content, so if yo are a young person in high school or college ad would like to contribute to Urban Teen just visit www. Urbanteenmagazine.com and read our writer’s guidelines.

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Health & Beauty 2. The diet is based on taking special pills, powders, or herbs. These are usually just gimmicks — and the only thing they slim down is your wallet. Many diet pills contain laxatives or diuretics that force a person's body to eliminate more water. Just like restricted-calorie diets, the weight lost with these supplements is mostly water, not fat. Other supplements claim that their ingredients speed up metabolism; suppress appetite; or block the absorption of fat, sugars, or carbohydrates. For most diet supplements, there's no reliable scientific research to back up their claims. And doctors consider diet supplements risky for teens because not much is known about how the ingredients affect the growing body.

5 Ways to Spot a Fad Diet

3. The diet tells you to eat only specific foods or foods in certain combinations. There's no reliable scientific proof that combining certain foods works. And limiting the foods you eat means you might not get all the nutrition you need. 4. The diet makes you completely cut out fat, sugar, or carbs. Depriving our bodies of needed food groups is a bad idea (especially when they're still growing). It's better to eat smaller portions in well-rounded meals (meals that contain servings of protein, grains, fruits, and veggies). When your body gets the right balance of nutrition, it's less likely to send you willpower-busting cravings! Eating smaller portions also helps you set good eating habits that will help you keep the weight off.

Lots of today's popular diets take advantage of our desire to drop weight quickly. Unfortunately, though, "quick-fix" diets don't work. Here are 5 clues that a diet may be more about empty promises than real results: 1. The diet is based on drastically cutting back calories. Starvation-type diets that require the body to fast often promise quick results. But our bodies simply aren't designed to drop pounds quickly. In fact, doctors say it's

5. The diet requires you to skip meals or replace meals with special drinks or food bars. As with diets that ban certain food groups, skipping or substituting meals can mean you don't get the nutrition needed to support healthy development. Plus, you miss out on the enjoyment of sharing a satisfying meal with friends or family.

nearly impossible for a healthy, normally active person to lose more than 2 to 3 pounds per week of actual fat, even on a starvation diet. Here's the trick that very low-calorie diets rely on: The body's natural reaction to near-starvation is to dump water. So most, if not all, of the weight lost on quickweight-loss diets is not fat — it's just water. And the body sucks this lost water back up like a sponge once a person

Reviewed by: Mary L. Gavin, MD

starts eating normally again. 6


Beauty & Heath

I don't mind telling people about my allergies — after all, it's normal to have them. It may come up in health class or when I'm congested or my eyes tear up or something. But I don't go out of my way to talk about it or make it a big deal. Having allergies hasn't affected my self-confidence. Sure, my allergies have held me back from doing some of the things that I love to do. For example, I am big traveler and I would enjoy going to see the cherry blossoms in Washington, D.C. But when I come anywhere within a 10-foot range of cherry blossoms it feels like I lose almost all my senses — all but my dear little taste buds! My eyesight goes

I was diagnosed with allergies when l was a little kid. Some

blurry, everything sounds like it's underwater, and I can't see or

people have mild allergies while others are unfortunate enough

smell anything. Even though it's only temporary, I still feel misera-

to have severe allergies that could even kill them. Although my

ble. And when I went to Guatemala, I felt kind of funny because the

allergies aren't that severe, I am allergic to so many different

group I was with was given fresh coconut, which I'm allergic to. So

things that they could really interfere with my life if I let them.

I had to eat an apple.

Some of the things that affect me are pollen, animal dander, dust My allergies haven't stopped me from traveling when I can, though. mites, and certain medications (like penicillin, which makes me My class trip was to Williamsburg in Virginia. At first it was supswell up like a giant balloon!). I'm also allergic to some foods.

posed to be during cherry blossom time, and that had me worried.

The Rx for All Those Kleenex

Fortunately, it was changed to February, so I went and had the best

I've been dealing with allergies for a long time now. I've been

time! I've had to rethink some of my dreams, too. For some people,

going to the allergist since I was 5 years old! I go every 2 weeks allergies go away over time, but doctors don't know if my allergies to get two shots, which really don't bother me at all. It's become will ever go away completely. Since I'm allergic to animals with fur a part of my life. I also take two different medications. As long

such as cats, dogs, hamsters, and gerbils, I may need to adjust my

as I get the shots and take my medicines, I can pretty much carry hopes of being a veterinarian or working in an agricultural-science on with my normal activities. It's all up to me whether I want to

department. But I'm interested in so many things and there are

suffer or not! There are times my allergies get really bad, though plenty of other careers out there! — like winter and spring. Winter is the worst because we all

Dealing With Allergies

spend more time indoors where it can be dusty. I am always

I have learned to deal with my allergies and even see the good side

sneezing like there's no tomorrow, and most people think I have sometimes. Having allergies has taught me not to be prejudiced a cold.

about people's health conditions. And I could have it much worse.

How It's Affected My Life

Allergies run in families. Just about everyone on my dad's side has

Other than family, no one truly knows I have allergies, although them, and my dad's allergies are, like, 10 times worse than mine. I have to tell people it's allergies when my eyes start to tear up. I He's great support for me, though, because he knows how it feels. I do get made fun of. Sometimes my buddies just tease in a

just talk to him when it gets tough. My allergies have been getting

friendly way, but kids I don't know can bully me. I just ignore

better. They aren't as bad as they used to be now that I look back on

them. I often just tune them out by blasting my music. I also like it. I think part of that is my treatment is working. But knowing the to write in my journal or do yoga to work through any sad feel-

things I have to avoid and what to do about the allergies definitely

ings. You can't tell by looking at me that I have a health condi-

helps a lot. For example, if I don't take my medicine I can get really

tion. I look like a normal kid, just like anyone else you would

bad breath. And there are too many cute guys out there to let that

run into on the street.

happen! 7

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College News Five Steps for College Students on Securing an Internship By Seomul Evans

You might have straight A's in all your classes and a stellar GPA, but these things might say little or nothing about you or your skills to a potential employer. Your experience and how you handle yourself in work situations is typically more important. More than ever, internships are critical to landing a job for the post-college student. They provide experience, connections, networking opportunities and the ability to learn and grow in a real-world environment. Some internships provide college credit or cash for services, but the bottom line is that the experience can pay off in huge dividends. Due to the poor economy, many companies don't have the time or resources to offer internships. Here are five steps to seize internship opportunities on your own. Talk, Talk and Keep Talking Talk to your professors, your career advisors, your parents, your family and your friends. These people have connections to other professionals in your field and know what types of jobs are available. In particular, your professors can help you set up possible internships to gain valuable experience. Being vocal and persistent is the key. How will people know you are looking for a job if you don't tell them what you are seeking? Remember, it's not what you know, but who you know. Go to a Career Fair Career fairs are an excellent way to network with potential companies, whether or not they are hiring new employees. Some career fairs offer interviews on the spot. At the very least, they give you a chance to connect face-to-face with companies of interest. Introduce yourself, ask questions, obtain a business card and write a follow-up letter explaining your interest if an internship would become available. Work for No or Little Pay One student I know volunteered a summer in the marketing department for a performing arts center. She wrote press releases, created media kits, provided web copy, took videos to local television stations and did anything else that was asked of her. What did she get paid? Nothing. However, she earned a job at this center out of college in another department because of the excellent services she had provided.

Volunteering for non-profit organizations in your community is a sure-fire way to get your foot in the door. Doing community service gives you a chance to see what kinds of jobs are out there while gaining valuable experience. Be Ready Before you begin the internship process, you need to have a polished cover letter and a sharp-looking resume. This is where your career adviser and other mentors can come in handy. What kind of resume best highlights your skills and abilities? What are you going to say in your cover letter that sets you apart from the rest of the competition? What kinds of examples should you have in a portfolio? Take the time to develop these tools. I know companies who have dismissed potential employees due to a simple spelling error on their resumes. The same cover letter should also not be used over and over again. The time you spend on these materials will be well worth it in the end. Practice Interviewing You've impressed a potential employer enough on paper to land an actual interview. Now what? How do you handle tough questions? Do you fidget with your clothing or hair when you are nervous? What do you say when asked about your three biggest weaknesses? Mock interviews scheduled with your career adviser or another professor can alleviate some of these fears. Better yet, tape yourself during one of the interviews and decide where you can use some improvement. More often than not, an employer will dismiss someone who comes across poorly in an interview regardless of the skills on paper. The more you practice, the more you will knock the interviewer's socks off and obtain the internship you want. During tough economic times, It is essential you are prepared, aggressive and willing to do whatever it takes to land an internship and eventually a job you want and deserve. These five steps are sure to guarantee you success. 8


"How will the scholarship money help you?" you can write How To Write a Winning Scholarship Essay something like, "Sleeping in on Saturday mornings is something that I love to do, but for the past year I have literally dragged myself out of bed so I can go to my local children's hospital and read stories to the kids who are patients there...." Then you write about how winning the scholarship money will bring you one step closer to realizing your dream of becoming a pediatrician. Your essay is the time to make yourself real to the judges. You know that you are much more than a name, so prove it to them! The essay is a way for you to come alive in the minds of the judges, so use descriptive words, real life situations, and heartfelt emotions in your writing. Take advantage of tools like the thesaurus to help you use words that make your essay stand out and be remembered. Always tell the truth and never lie in your essays. Do not let a parent write your essay for you. Scholarship judges KNOW which students wrote the essays and which ones had someone else write it for them. They can tell when the truth has been stretched and those students who want to win so badly that they will say anything to make themselves look better than the other applicants. Scholarship judges want to know YOU in your essay. When you tell the truth, write from the heart, and draw them in right from the start, your chances of winning the scholarship money greatly improve. Other than the essay, there are You have your scholarship application carefully filled out. ways to make your scholarship applications stand out and Your letters of recommendation are collected and your get noticed by the judges. Visit scholarship resume is ready. The last thing to do for your http://www.how2winscholarships.com to learn more about scholarship application packet is to write the winning essay. these winning methods and for free scholarship tips. How do you decide what to write about? Where do you (ArticlesBase SC #1452096) start? Is there a secret to writing a scholarship essay that will help you be picked by the judges to win the scholarship money? Monica Matthews helped her own son win over $20,000 in private college scholarships. She is a teacher who now stays The first thing you need to understand is the point of the home with her three children. Ms. Matthews has published scholarship essay. The essay is a way for the scholarship judges to get to know YOU. They want to learn more about several articles on winning scholarships and loves to help students win free money for college. Visit her website, you than your name, GPA, ACT/SAT score, date of birth, http://www.how2winscholarships.com, and learn the unique etc... By writing the essay, you are able to share your thoughts, opinions, and feelings on the essay subject. Don't method of applying for scholarships that she has developed. start your essay with, "My name is ___________ and I attend _________ high school". They already know this because it is easily found on your scholarship application.

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What you need to do to quickly get the attention of the judges (who have read possibly thousands of essays) is to start your essay with a compelling statement. Draw them in right away and create in them the desire to read your whole essay from start to finish because they WANT to, not because they HAVE to. How do you do this? Read over the subject of the essay, form your own opinion, and then write your first sentence with a personal experience that you feel strongly about. For example, when you answer the popular essay question, 9


Teen News Taking Classroom Notes Carlos and Cecilia were both straight-A students in middle school. But now that they're in high school, Carlos finds himself relying on Cecilia's notes to do well on tests. He also finds himself wondering how Cecilia manages to take such good notes.

Ask. Don't be afraid to ask the teacher to repeat something you miss. If the teacher's going too fast, chances are your classmates will also be relieved to hear the information again. If you don't want to ask in class, see your teacher afterwards. It's much easier than wondering if you got the notes right as you study. Compare. Keep your notes handy when you're doing your reading assignments. Compare what you wrote with what the readings say — you may even want to add to your notes as you read.

Going over your notes with a friend and comparing what the Note-taking is a skill that can help you do well on all your two of you put down can help reinforce what you're learning. schoolwork — everything from taking tests to researching It also can help you remember information when it's time for a paper. But unfortunately, most schools don't have classes the test. And going over your notes will alert you and your friend to any errors. that teach you how to take notes. So here are some tips. Write down key facts. If you have a teacher who writes Copy. Depending on how neat your handwriting is, you may want to recopy your notes when you get home. If you've taken notes on the board, that's a bonus: You can copy them down. If not, write down the most important points from notes in a hurry, you're more likely to figure out an unreadclass. Does your history teacher mention the date of a key able word or sentence on the day of the lesson than you are weeks later when you look back over your notes in preparaCivil War battle? Does your English teacher give examtion for a test. ples of Shakespeare's use of dramatic irony? Does your math teacher go over a particular formula? Write it down! Organize. Keep notes for each subject in one place so you can find everything easily when it comes time for a test. That It can take some experimenting to figure out what information really is helpful, so keep trying and don't give up. may mean keeping a notebook or section of a notebook for each subject as you take notes in class. Different teachers do things differently. For example, some teachers may mention lots of dates and facts in class Some people combine the copying technique with organizabut only write the key ones on the board. Other teachers tion by using just one notebook for class notes and then copymay not write anything down, but they may repeat a cer- ing these notes into a notebook for each subject when they get tain date or piece of information. That's a clue that it's back home. The trick to making this technique work is to be probably important. After a while, you'll get to know a sure you actually do it regularly. If you don't, your notes will teacher's style. be all over the place and things will get totally crazed when it's time to study for the test. Don't overdo it. Don't go crazy taking notes, though: You'll be frantic if you try to write down every word that's Good note-taking requires extra time and organization. It may said in class. And if you focus too much on getting your help if you think of the time you spend reviewing notes as an notes right, you might miss important points. Some people investment. For example, if you decide to recopy your notes actually learn better by listening, writing down a few key each evening, you'll probably have less time to watch TV or points, and then going over the material after class when IM friends. But you'll save time later when it comes to studythey have more time. ing for the actual test. It can take some experimenting to figure out what inforNote-taking gives your mind a chance to absorb the material it mation really is helpful, so keep trying and don't give up. needs to learn. Not only can this help you to do better on a Different teachers do things differently. For example, test, it's also a great confidence booster when you're studying some teachers may mention lots of dates and facts in class and find yourself saying, "Hey, I remember that!" but only write the key ones on the board. Other teachers may not write anything down, but they may repeat a cerReviewed by: Eric J. Gabor, JD tain date or piece of information. That's a clue that it's probably important. After a while, you'll get to know a teacher's style. Don't overdo it. Don't go crazy taking notes, though: You'll be frantic if you try to write down every word that's said in class. And if you focus too much on getting your notes right, you might miss important points. Some people actually learn better by listening, writing down a few key points, and then going over the material after class when 10 they have more time.


Spring Fashion Trends For 2010 : Summer 2010’S Most Wearable Trends

for spring and summer 2010 in both clothing and fashion accessories. In this summer spring you can look everything from Jacket to sunglass in navy, lighter blues, and turquoise. In this season you can show 8 types of most wearable fashion trends like a blue fashion, Metallic Fashion, Asymmetric Fashion, Global Fashion, Peek-a-Boo Fashion, Painterly Print Fashion, Floral Fashion and Maxi Dresses. Spring/Summer 2010 is also about lightness and romance. Soft dresses and featherweight tops will have a strong Grecian drape feel. The big story of the summer is most of show opened with nude, ice-cream colors, making cut and drapery the big style statements as opposed to eyepopping colors. A general lack of clothing will be approved of too - your underwear must look its best next summer because if it's not on show it's not worth wearing - only to be covered by swathes of knotted and ruffled sheer chiffon - and a touch of lace will keep things interesting. Source : B4tea.com (ArticlesBase SC #1793287) melanie4d00

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Spring season is one of the hot favorite fashion trends for each fashion lover. Spring and Summer 2010 one of the hot fashion trends is super short hot pants and boy shorts, definitely isn't for everyone, So if you cannot pull off showing this much leg, ripped and torn denim jeans are a great way to show a little leg and get some ventilation on hotter days that you don't feel like wearing shorts. If you are girl then you can look for the right style of ripped and torn jeans that suit you- skinny jeans, high-waited jeans, dark jeans, etc. 2010 Spring /Summer Fashion trends include minimalism, high-voltage patterns, romanticism, sweet pastels, glamorous look, little wild look and a softlooking woman’s revealing sheers. Summer/Spring 2010 is hitting in the market with latest fashion trends. Blue is a first Wearable spring fashion trends for 2010. True navy, marine, and light dusty blues will all be fashion forward 11


?BOosHiE BagZ? – ‘FASHION AGAINST YOUTH VIOLENCE’ "Whatever creativity is, it is in part a solution to a problem." - Brian Aldiss Booshie BagZ are exclusive custom made bags, handmade with love using traditional Cordwainers skills with a contemporary twist. Booshie bespoke bagz are made to order for a specific customer made from high quality leather which is sewn with extreme attention to detail and finish, often using time-consuming, hand-executed techniques. BOosHiE BagZ is one of the latest fashion trends to hit the U.K. but it doesn't stop there. It's all about a little positivity which we love. Not only are these new bags hot they come with a cause and meaning.

young people through creative apprenticeships helping them gain qualifications and skills in the creative sector. The studio would give young people a safe environment where they can explore their creative talents, socialize, learn new skills and re-engage with society; a place of belonging being part of a creative family and appreciated rather than exposed to a violent environment and gang culture."

Violence never solved anything and bloodshed only leads to more bloodshed. How many more youth have to be slain for the message to get across that they need help? Or even Booshie BagZ is a new concept in urban fashion accessories a that something needs to be done life is a precious gift that conscious brand of 'Fashion against Youth Violence' as in the should be treasured and given the chance to grow. UK it was reported by the British home office that 72 of our youth were murdered in 2008 and over 40 youths have been We have a chance to change the lives of young people, Booshie BagZ is doing just that by creating an outlet The brutally murdered in 2009 and the numbers are rising. The apprenticeships will teach young creative's a trade and aim for the brand is to open a creative studio...... give them something to advance towards and offer another The Booshie studio will be the heart of the brand a space oozway of life. Our aim for the project is to open a creative ing with young enthusiastic creative people and producing studio in all deprived areas in the UK and help kids from beautiful British handmade accessories, using traditional deprived backgrounds that have creative talent and teach Cordwainers skills (traditional handbag making skills, which them skills through apprenticeships. are dying out in the UK). It will be the center point where However Booshie BagZ isn't just about designer hand hard work, discipline and social values will be practiced through fashion; engaging with young people in the commu- bags or keeping dying traditions alive but building hope for those who need it. The apprenticeships will also ennity and beyond. The Booshie studio is a community youth 12 project which would allow the Booshie brand to work with courage youth to attend college for key skills.


Cont. Under privileged youth often get expelled from school without being able to read and write. Booshie BagZ is a great cause for a struggling group of young people, how many youth will be saved from this? Just image how safer the communities will be if youth have an outlet other than violence, by giving them hope through fashion, education and creativity, teaching them the basics that most privileged youth take for granted.

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The Worshipful Company of Girdlers’ award for Excellence in Accessories 2nd July 2008. Accessories showcase in Harrods (Egyptian Halls) and MCM (Knightsbridge) in collaboration with the London College of Fashion (2008). LCC: www.londoncatwalkclub.co.uk: Fashion Charity Event for Teen Boundaries www.teenboundaries.co.uk Showcase at the JUJU BAR (Chelsea): London Fashion Week (2009). BOSSY Showcase at STANZA (London): BOSSY joins partnership with ADDICTIVEFMTV.COM THE FUNKY KIDZ & SKOBZ n GIZMOE (2009) KARMA-STYLE article for MATCHBOX MAGAZINE (Notting hill/Kensington) (2009) LFW: Stitching the Gap Production and Fashion TV Event SHOWCASE @ CLUB 24 KINGLY STREET (Soho): London Fashion Week (2009). Get the new Booshie Bagz article for UTRNDI Celebrity Buzz & Fashion (USA) www.utrendi.com/index/get-the-new-booshiebagz-straight-outta-the-u-k-coming-december-2009

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Fashion Scene Local

with the possibility of some men’s clothing in the future. Ashley realized when she was just 10 years old that she wanted to pursue a career in fashion and started drawing when she 13. Her main market is geared to girls between 15-25 years old. She started off working with other people but later decided to design for herself. Perilous Kiss was created and will remain an edgy line with the objective to shock people and make them look twice. Ashley says “it’s a lot of hard work to create a clothing line, up to a year of preparation.” She’s also in the process of completing a graphic design degree and would like to one day work with artist such as Hells Bells. But for now her advice to young aspiring clothing designers is believe in yourself, do hundreds of designs and train with someone through an internship. Visit perilouskiss.com

Meet Ashley of Perilous Kiss Clothing, a San Diego based designer geared towards teens. Perilous Kiss was created in 2008, and is based out of San Diego, California. The clothing line was created by California native Ashley Vied, when she was just 18 years old. Perilous Kiss was created with sarcastic, outspoken girls in mind, and it is spiked with sarcasm and a lot of attitude. The line currently features t-shirts and tank tops, but plans on expanding to a wide range of other clothing styles such as dresses, jackets and accessories, 16


Entertainment News

K1nk music focus is in producing electronic

Labels grew more interested in the artist and

dance music tracks, ranging from melodic

contracts were signed. The Clubbers is a big

vocal trance to minimal and tech-house. A lot label in Italy which K1nk has a release and of importance is given to creating good musi- remix for Luigi Lusini. cal harmony in every track they produce.

K1nk’s fan base is mostly teens to approxi-

Apart from original productions they pride

mately 30 year olds, but K1nk states that

themselves in producing remixes which main- even his mother likes their music and it’s not tain the original character of the songs while

just because she’s his mother.

presenting it in a new musical package.

K1nk is currently dating and likes to hang out

K1nk, whose real name is Brad started play-

with friends and playing sports like basket-

ing the piano at the age of 5 and his mother ball, but he also likes to go snow-boarding kept him involved in music that by the age of and sailing. He is not a full time producer at 15 , he teamed up with his brother, who is a

this time because he is still attending college.

very talented piano player, bought some new He says that he still puts in a lot of time in equipment known as a synthesizer on the

producing but plans to keep on increasing his

internet and together they started creating

craft. Visit K1nk’s website:

music, mostly for Myspace, which is where

www.k1nkmuzik.com

they started getting noticed and began to grow a following and fan base. K1nk got spotted on Myspace Toolbar Records which was interested in releasing his tracks on the label which lead to producing a remix for Lois la Roche which is a weekly Dj on BBC radio one.

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Prom Fashions 2010 2010 Prom Dresses: What's Hot for Prom

Golden Girl Nothing matches the elegance and simplicity of gold. Luckily, you'll see lots of gold prom dresses for 2010. Bold Print One of the freshest trends for prom 2010 is the influx of prints for prom dresses. Whether you choose floral or graphic or somewhere in between, a prom dress that bears a print is sure to get you lots of attention. Short Story Do you have a fondness for short dresses? You're in luck! Short prom dresses are gaining more and more attention and make unique alternatives for your special night White On Tired of black prom dresses? Go to the other extreme by wearing a white prom dress! White is a timeless and elegant choice that will never steer you wrong. Think Pink What's a prom without pink prom dresses! If you truly want to feel like a princess, a pink prom dress just might be the way to go. From frilly to sleek, a pink prom dress will make you look and feel like royalty. Almost anything goes for prom dresses in 2010. Choose one based on what you like and what looks good on you, but above all, choose the one that makes you feel special.

Photo’s By From beads and jewel-tones to lame and classic black, there are many styles of prom dresses to love for 2010.

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Heather L. Clark In fashion, most trends are gone before you know it. Luckily, Heather L. Clark is a Web researcher and writer. Check out her favorite sources for prom dress advice, prom that's not necessarily the case with prom dresses. Although each new prom season has its own stars, most prom dresses hair styles and free printable greeting cards. stay in style for a long time, with a few minor changes. Here are the trends that are shaping up to be the hits of the 2010 Photo’s by prom season. Beads Indeed Beads add pizazz to any prom dress, and whether they're used sparingly or liberally, they're showing up everywhere for prom 2010. Serious Shine You can't go wrong with a lame prom dress. Whether you opt for pink, red, gold, silver or black, lame is hot, hot, hot! Bright is the New Black Want to stand out in a sea of black? Wear a boldly colored prom dress. From brilliant blue to deep red, a brightly-colored prom dress will make it your night to shine. Sleek Chic Curve-hugging styles (as seen on the red carpet) are just as hot for prom 2010 as they are for celebrities. Fashion Flair Let your glamorous side out to play in a prom dress that that's all about making you the star. Sequin, beads, metallic fabric it's all good for prom 2010! 18


The San Diego Princess Project Charity Needs Volunteers The Princess Project promotes self-confidence and individual beauty by providing free prom dresses and accessories to high school girls who cannot otherwise afford them. Their effort is made possible through invaluable volunteer, donor and community support.

How the Princess Project Works Every year, The Princess Project seeks and receives thousands of beautiful new or nearly new dresses and accessories in EXCELLENT condition from individual donors and corporate partners.

Dress Giveaways Every year, The Princess Project collects fashionable, new (2002 to new), or nearly new prom dresses and accessories and organizes everything in one location: our Dress Giveaway event. We welcome all high school girls who are in financial need of a prom dress. No proof of financial need is required, just a valid high school ID. Simply attend the event and walk out with a dress and accessories that you love— all for free!

Hundreds of volunteers accept and organize these dresses and Please note: Dress Giveaways are on a first come, first accessories to run an exciting giveaway event in the early spring for individual high school girls. Groups of ten or more served basis. So get there early to make sure you get a teens who want to attend can make an appointment for a pri- dress! Girls can line up starting at 7am. vate boutique. Each year, hundreds of girls attend the dress giveaway to find that new prom dress and those perfect accessories to make their high school prom a reality. And it’s all FREE! Since 2002, The Princess Project has served over 9,000 girls through the dedication of more than 700 volunteers and the generous start-up support of Coro Northern California. In 2005, The Princess Project became a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

The Princess Project San Diego Mission: The Princess Project promotes self-confidence and individual beauty by providing free prom dresses and accessories to high school girls who cannot otherwise afford them. Our effort is made possible through invaluable volunteer, donor and community support. What you’ll be doing: We need volunteers for dress sorting, site set up and clean up, as well as working the dress giveaways. We appreciate any time you can give! When: shift times and dates are available in February and March (see online registration link below for more info) Where: Horton Plaza – 324 Horton Plaza, San Diego, CA 92101 (Former Ann Taylor store, Level 2 between Aldo and Gymboree)

Special Requirements: All volunteers are required to register online at http://www.mysignup.com/princessprojectsd2010 Must be at least 16 years or older to volunteer for dress sorting and site set up/clean up. Must be female and 18 years or older to volunteer for the giveaway events. Website: http://www.princessproject.org For questions: please contact Megan de Queljoe at megan@princessproject.org

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Drew Sidora Maintaining honor roll status throughout high school, graduating early and moving to Los Angeles at the age of 17, Drew was signed to Babyface Entertainment, and started writing music for Edmonds Publishing while learning the business aspects of the entertainment industry. Drew also became known as the Chi-Town Princess, a name given to her by a Chicago disc-jockey after having the number one single on Chicago radio, even though the name has stuck, Drew doesn’t call herself that, but never the less she feels honored to be named by the city where she grew up. Loving both acting and singing, most people recognize her more for her acting than singing, so Drew’s looking forward to everyone hearing her music and getting to know that side of her. Drew describes her music as real music, its her life in a record, she has written her own lyrics so it’s her words, the things that she’s been through, witnessed, learned and enDrew Sidora is a growing force in joyed. Her music is a way for people to get young Hollywood. She’s a part of BET’s to know her as a person, she love’s to sitcom “The Game” and has been fea- dance, she love’s to feel beautiful like every tured in a long list of movies, two of girl and empowerment as a young woman. which are to be released this year. Drew also loved working with other writers. Singing is another of her many talents, she recently released her first album As a series regular on The WB’s The with Slip-N-Slide Records. Okeefe’s, having a recurring role on That’s So Raven and guest-starring on popular television shows like Without A Trace, What I Like About You and Girlfriends. Drew’s earlier film credits include Never Die Alone, White Chicks, and Wild Hogs which costarred Martin Lawrence in which Drew played his daughter and says he is her favorite person to work with in the industry, because he is so down to earth and humble, she says she gained so much knowledge from working with him and is looking 22 forward to working with him in Wild Hogs 2.

Drew started playing the piano at the age of 3, being originally from Chicago, Drew grew up listening to musical influences like The Chi-Lites and Minnie Ripleton and well as Anita Baker, Aaliyah and Janet Jackson admiring their performing abilities as all around entertainers. At the age of 13 she was lead singer for the Chicago R&B group Mo”Tempo where she first learned about the music studio and how it worked.


Drew Sidora cont. Drew also received rave reviews for her performance in Disney’s hit feature Step Up playing a talented, soulful R&B singer. A spokesperson for Liz Claiborne’s “Love Is Not Abuse” campaign and curriculum, which addresses domestic violence, a guide to teach high school students about the issues of domestic violence and teen dating abuse, “the program is designed to open up the lines of communication between students and teachers to be able to talk about domestic violence in the home and in relationships.” say Drew. Drew is currently not dating, she’s focusing on music and acting at the moment, but hopes to one day to be in in a relationship in the future when she has the time. She likes going to the beach in her spare time and says it’s very relaxing and serene after a hard days work, Drew also love’s to bowl and play cards especially playing spades with friends and family, she’s also a big fan of the show 24. Drew’s advice for any young person looking to pursue a career in the entertainment industry is to follow your passion and don’t let anyone discourage you, “there’s struggle at anything you do in life, whether you want to be a doctor, a lawyer or an entertainer, so enjoy the journey and don’t get discourage, keep GOD first and follow your passion”. Drew is a diverse strong talented young lady, she has a production company, Woodrow Productions, where she’s looking forward to producing strong diverse films that will focus on giving opportunities and a platform for up and coming talented minority actors to showcase their talents.

Drew and Mario in the film Step Up

Also make sure you keep an eye out for her new television series One Love and the anticipated break dancing feature, B-Girl. Drew is also set to film B Boy Blues, which she is co-producing and 305 Outlaws. Drew is a very busy young lady from acting to singing to working through her production company and teen oriented outreach programs, she is definitely living proof that if you believe in your dreams and work hard they can come true.

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Entertainment


Dating Tips For Teens

Getting Over a Break-Up

If you've just had a break-up and are feeling down, you're not alone. Just about everyone experiences a break-up at sometime, and many then have to deal with heartbreak — a wave of grief, anger, confusion, low self-esteem, and maybe even jealousy all at once. Millions of poems and songs have been written about having a broken heart and wars have even been fought because of heartbreak. What Exactly Is Heartbreak? Lots of things can cause heartbreak. Some people might have had a romantic relationship that ended before they were ready. Others might have strong feelings for someone who doesn't feel the same way. Or maybe a person feels sad or angry when a close friend ends or abandons the friendship. Although the causes may be different, the feeling of loss is the same — whether it's the loss of something real or the loss of something you only hoped for. People describe heartbreak as a feeling of heaviness, emptiness, and sadness. Here are some tips that might help: Share your feelings. Some people find that sharing their feelings with someone they trust — someone who recognizes what they're going through — helps them feel better. That could mean talking over all the things you feel, even having a good cry on the shoulder of a comforting friend or family member. Others find they heal better if they hang out and do the things they normally enjoy, like seeing a movie or going to a concert, to take their minds off the hurt. If you feel like someone can't relate to what you're going through or is dismissive of your feelings, find someone more sympathetic to talk to. (OK, we know that sharing feelings can be tough for guys, but you don't necessarily have to tell the football team or your wrestling coach what you're going through. Talk with a friend or family member, a teacher, or counselor. 27

It might make you more comfortable if you find a female family member or friend, like an older sister or a neighbor, to talk to.) Remember what's good about you. This one is really important. Sometimes people with broken hearts start to blame themselves for what's happened. They may be really down on themselves, exaggerating their faults as though they did something to deserve the unhappiness they're experiencing. If you find this happening to you, nip it in the bud! Remind yourself of your good qualities, and if you can't think of them because your broken heart is clouding your view, get your friends to remind you. Take good care of yourself. A broken heart can be very stressful so don't let the rest of your body get broken too. Get lots of sleep, eat healthy foods, and exercise regularly to minimize stress and depression and give your self-esteem a boost. Don't be afraid to cry. Going through a break-up can be really tough, and getting some of those raw emotions out can be a big help. We know this is another tough one for guys, but there's no shame in crying now and then. No one has to see you do it — you don't have to start blubbering in class or at soccer practice or anything. Just a find a place where you can be alone, like crying into your pillow at night or in the shower when you're getting ready for the day. Do the things you normally enjoy. Whether it's seeing a movie or going to a concert, do something fun to take your mind off the negative feelings for a while. Keep yourself busy. Sometimes this is difficult when you're coping with sadness and grief, but it really helps. This is a great time to redecorate your room or try a new hobby. That doesn't mean you shouldn't think about what happened — working things through in our minds is all part of the healing process — it just means you should focus on other things too. Give yourself time. It takes time for sadness to go away. Almost everyone thinks they won't feel normal again, but the human spirit is amazing — and the heartbreak almost always heals after a while. But how long will that take? That depends on what caused your heartbreak, how you deal with loss, and how quickly you tend to bounce back from things. Getting over a break-up can take a couple of days to many weeks — and sometimes even months. Some people feel that nothing will make them happy again and resort to alcohol or drugs. Others feel angry and want to hurt themselves or someone else. People who drink, do drugs, or cut themselves to escape from the reality of a loss may think they are numbing their pain, but the feeling is only temporary. They're not really dealing with the pain, only masking it, which makes all their feelings build up inside and prolongs the sadness. Sometimes the sadness is so deep — or lasts so long — that a person may need some extra support. For someone who isn't starting to feel better after a few weeks or who continues to feel depressed, talking to a counselor or therapist can be very helpful. So be patient with yourself, and let the healing begin. Reviewed by: Jennifer Shroff Pendley, PhD


Sports

Sports League Games for Teens

The different leagues will of course have varying costs associated with them for their uniforms, equipment, rental time, and any other food costs that might be incurred. Checking to make sure of these before sign up would be wise, some of the above sports will cost much more than others.

Especially depending if they’re offered through the school versus the community center. All of these sports offer teens a time to be with their friends and learn something new. One of the benefits of playing at There are so many different sports for teens to chose the high school is that the teens would have a better from, teens want sports that get them involved and they chance of playing since most schools try to get all can learn from. Most areas will have many different teens involved in the sports and give them all a sports to choose from, some will even be at the high chance. Unlike, through a community center where school that the teen attends. Some of the most popular only the best kids will be allowed to play or whoever sports that teens want to play are football, basketball, parent contributes more money. soccer, and baseball. If your teen is going to play one of Either way though, getting a teen who wants to be these sports at their high school then there will Freshinvolved in sports ready and signed up will still be a man and Varsity teams. great experience. ArticlesBase SC #243362) Depending if the teen is a Freshman through a Senior. By Sushil Kumar Singh Raghav All of these sports practice times take place after school and sometimes there will even be practicing during the summer months prior to school starting. If joining a league outside of your high school, then the best place to check to find out what leagues are available and when their season is, is down at your local community center. They will have the times, the costs it may be to sign your teen up, and for how long that sport will be going on. These leagues usually meet after school also and/or on Author’s bio: weekends. There are many other sports that both the Teenagers are really more meticulous these days. This high school and community centers offers. Other leagues like bowling, swimming, track, golf, bmx bik- is why TeenWants (http://www.teenwants.com) hopes ing, and mountain biking. Don't forget that cheer lead- to bring teens all around the world together and let ing, gymnastics, dance, and karate are all available too. them experience everything positive and enriching. Some will be at the high school while others will only Sushil Kumar Singh Raghav writes for be offered through the community center or private in- TeenWants.com. TeenWants.com is the place for struction. A lot of teen girls will want to do some of the games, video, music, shopping, fitness, entertainment and even job opportunities for teens. Check out aforementioned sports and definitely should get inTeenWants.com (http://www.teenwants.com) for volved. These are great sports that teens want to play 29 prizes and games as well! and would have a great time being involved in.


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