Saturday, July 26, 2014

This 19-Year-Old Is On His Way To Finding A Cure For Cancer!

Keven Stonewall (pictured), 19, is on a serious mission: he hopes to one day create a vaccine that will eradicate colon cancer. The Chicago South Side youth has already started working on a potential cancer cure at a Rush University laboratory, reports DNAInfo Chicago.
The teens love of science began back in fifth grade, when he became fascinated by the appearance of cells under a microscope. Stonewall’s love of the sciences grew to such extremes that one Christmas he was gifted four microscopes by his parents who are educators. It was during his freshman year at the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences that Kevin Stonewall began focusing on the need for the eradication of colon cancer.  He watched not only a dear friend’s uncle succumb to the disease but witnessed first hand how the illness negatively impacted his school mate, telling DNAInfo Chicago, “Cancer has taken over a whole bunch of lives, and I felt like I needed to step up and do something about it.”
Stonewall was a senior in high school when he jumped on the opportunity to do an internship at the university, which is the academic arm of the Rush Medical Center.  He worked in the lab with a professor who taught immunology/microbiology and general surgery. Stonewall began to consume literature about how a chemotherapeutic agent could possibly destroy certain cancer cells while still promoting a healthy immune response.
Kevin, who is now a sophomore at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, is still working on the vaccine that he prays will one day be tested on humans.  The young man is keeping hope alive that his work will in fact be the answer to a dreaded disease that has taken the lives of many, so until then, he tells the New York Daily News, “If you don’t plan to succeed, you’re planning to fail.” Beauty Within~Teen Esteem is watching this young man.




Wednesday, July 23, 2014

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The decision of the United States Supreme Court in Brown v. Board of Education sixty years ago made a substantial impact on our nation’s history. As an Albanian student who moved to America four years ago, I can speak to how diversity and integration contribute to better educational outcomes and why it’s critical for us not to just name the importance of integration, but to commit to it for the sake of all students.Read more

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Help for Disadvantaged Youth

Sohn is following in the steps of “The Wire” characters Dennis “Cutty” Wise and Howard “Bunny” Colvin and is working with disadvantaged youth in Baltimore to help them lead positive lives.Read more

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Always #LikeAGirl



Starting in the preteen years, there is a shift in focus; for girls, their appearance and their changing bodies too often become an all consuming barometer of worth. For an overwhelming majority of girls, self-esteem becomes too closely tied to how they look and their physical attributes; girls feel they can't measure up to unrealistic society standards. 

Okay all of you girls out there, let's talk confidence. There is no doubt that there is a gigantic amount of pressure on women today to look their best by being skinny and beautiful. Today we live in a world that makes us think that we have to be perfect... but the real truth is, its a bunch of bull crap! Being a teen, I know some of you have looked at yourself in the mirror and said "Oh My! Look at those thunder-thighs... they're so HUGE" We've all done this to ourselves, but why? ... Truth is that when we say this to ourselves no one else has ever thought this about us. We only bash our bodies out of insecurity and lack of self-confidence, so I'm going to share with you how to build your self esteem and attitude towards your body, so that when you look in the mirror today you think "Damn...I'm hot!"


Sunday, June 29, 2014

Treating Teen Acne


More and more teens will find at least one whitehead or blackhead on their face before they turn 17. Here are a few tips for how to treat teen acne: Better Medicine

Monday, June 23, 2014

My Brother’s Keeper

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President Barack Obama delivers remarks about his My Brother’s Keeper initiative with students from the Hyde Park Academy in the East Room at the White House on Feb. 27, 2014.  

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