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Little Do You Know About Autism

Catlaina Vrana is the name of a girl I met at my high school.

When I first met her, Cat had a very unusual bracelet on her wrist.

I asked her where she got it, purely out of curiosity.

Turns out, that bracelet was for autism identification.

Imagine my surprise.

The Ugly Truth of Abortion

On June 25, 1995 a 5 foot 6, 90 pound woman named Gloria Boykin went to her doctors. Gloria was going for a tubal ligation, AKA she was getting her tubes tied. Already a mother of 2, she decided that that was enough. That is until the doctor told her that she can’t receive the procedure and when asked why he responded with “ Pregnant women can’t get a tubal ligation. “ Now, she was only 6 weeks into the pregnancy and she could have gotten an abortion but she chose not to thankfully. 7 months later and 4 false miscarries later a 20 inch, 6 pound 11 ounce baby was born at 4:49 A:M on January 30th,1996. This boy was named Dillon Michael Cosgro. Thankfully I was allowed to be born and wasn’t aborted but some are not so lucky. Most people are ignorant to what actually happens to the unborn baby during an abortion and I plan to not only touch on that but statistics of abortions and the responsibilities as humans we have for those unborn children. Hopefully, after reading this, you will rethink your stand on pro-life versus pro-choice.

Lyrics Soothe the Soul

“Do you ever feel like a plastic bag,

drifting through the wind, wanting to start again?

Do you ever feel, feel so paper thin

like a house of cards, one blow from caving in?”

The Thing About Music

                When I first found out that this month’s topic was song lyrics, I was ecstatic. Music has always been part of my life. From listening to Simon and Garfunkel with my dad and Bruno Mars with my sister to classical music at school or Rend Collective at youth group. Now that I’m in highschool I sing in the choir and I try to sing my best . Just like my sister did when she was part of her own choir at the high school. Music allows people to express themselves when words or actions can’t.

And Next Comes Life

High School. It’s either the best four years of your life or the worst. Either way, your attendance is definitely important. The way you act in high school truly determines where your future is headed. It’s where you figure out your what you’re going to do when it all ends.

Maybe It’s Me By Kerriann Alexandre

(This is a work of fiction.  Kind of a vent-story thing.  Hope you enjoy it!)

        “I personally think that if you are as attractive as Andy Sixx, you should have to be President.  Just an opinion.”  My best friend Jake stated.  I laughed.

     “I suppose you’re right; He is gorgeous.”  I shifted my heavy bag from one shoulder to the other.  I hated not having a car.  Walking home seriously sucked.  

Dress Codes

It’s 80 degrees F outside and just as hot inside your school.Would you rather wear jeans and a t-shirt or shorts and a tank top.Obviously you would pick the cooler option of the tank top and shorts.But as of right now you don’t even have the choice.It’s all thanks to the DRESS CODE.Dress codes have been revamped and are strictly focusing on what girls are allowed to wear.

Love and Its Labels

In a perfect world, people could be whatever they wanted to be, and it wouldn’t matter if you were different. No one would care if you were a boy who liked other boys, or if you were a girl who liked other girls. No one would give it a second thought if you liked everybody or if you only liked one person. Everyone would accept everyone, and the world would be a happy place. Unfortunately, nothing is perfect, especially in today’s modern society

Our Gender Pay Gap

The gender wage gap is one of the social injustices towards women.Studies show that women make on average 78 percent of what men make for the same job.It’s not that men are demanding that they receive more pay than women.It’s actually the opposite.Most men want women to succeed in the workplace.But these men are the executive that pay men more for the same jobs.

” Resource ” Class

In today’s world success as a student is defined by the classes you take and the grades you get; some students are doomed before their first day of kindergarten.

Youth MOVE ME News


You could win! Help Youth MOVE Maine come up with the title for our 2016 Youth Summit! Use your favorite texting acronym (LOL, WTF, SMH, TBH, etc.) and come up with a new meaning that relates to our summit topic: Youth Development. Some examples would be SMH= Stop Maine Hate or LOL could be Live Out Loud. Winner will get a bag of Youth MOVE goodies AND a $20 gift card!

Trunk Or Treat!

On Monday October 26th, the Bangor Region attended the Bangor Housing Authority’s Annual Trunk or Treat event. The housing authority’s parking lot was full of cars decorated and passing out candy. The Bangor team was well represented with a couple Witches and a Squirrel. The Trunk or Treat event gave area kids the opportunity to go trick-or-treating in a fun, safe, and comfortable space. In addition to the trick-or-treating, Bangor Housing also put on a haunted house inside their offices. The Trick or Trunk event was a great success, we can’t wait for next year!

Out of the Darkness

​On Sunday October 4th, YMM Bangor Region joined over 850 people at the University of Maine Campus in Orono to participate in the annual Out of the Darkness walk. The purpose of the walk is to raise awareness about suicide and suicide prevention. The walk began with a ceremony where the stories of those who had lost loved ones, had struggled with suicide, or had been impacted by suicide. The powerful ceremony occurred on the mall outside of the Fogler Library on the UMaine Campus, the walk then proceeded through downtown Orono, and back to the University of Maine.​ The Walk Committee reported over 850 walkers, and over $27,000 was raised to benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP).


Youth M.O.V.E Walks with NAMI

On Sunday September 27 YMM Bangor Region traveled to Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse in South Portland to participate in the NAMI 2015 walk. NAMI stands for the National Alliance on Mental Illness and their mission is to help build better lives for people who suffer with mental illness and to help fight the stigma around mental illness. The walk was a 5k and it was an absolutely beautiful day. It started out with tables from sponsors to share information on their companies and how they help, along with coffee, donuts, raffles and some music. The walk was about an hour long and ended with a provided lunch and more music with a huge dancing crowd. It was a beautiful walk along the ocean and a great time had by all. We hope to see everyone there next year!

Project AWARE Summer Film Institute

Youth M.O.V.E recently had the opportunity to join on Project AWARE’s summer film institute held in Biddeford Maine. The week long summit is designed for youth ages 13-18 to create, write, and film original works based on issues that affect teens throughout the state and beyond.