All posts tagged: Youth


If I could do high school over again I would only change two things

I used to say that there wasn’t a moment of my life that I’d do over. Regrets were not my thing. To me, even the moments of wrong decisions were simply lessons learned. But life has a way of changing your perspective. When you get to your 40s you realize that some possibly not-so-positive emotions may have gotten in the way of a different life outcome, or at the very least an experience you may have enjoyed.  As I reflected on this and began to really think about the missed opportunities due to my choices in high school—summer program at Harvard, prom, graduation—I realized that in retrospect there were two things I could have done differently. I would care less… about being cool about the zit on my chin and uncontrollably frizzy hair about impressing boys about hanging out with my friends about fun after school about my picture in the year book I would care more… about being involved about my grades about impressing myself about walking across the stage at graduation with my friends …


Mentoring: A great way to pay it forward & share what you know

I strongly believe in the power of mentoring and have written about it on a few occasions. I’ve profiled the Latino BIGS of NYC program as well as touched upon what it’s meant in my own life. Being involved in the development of our youth has been a personal mission since I was in my 20s and it has truly affected my life. So when the opportunity arose to get involved in another program, I jumped at the chance. The Spark Program didn’t disappoint and I got to meet an aspiring young, Latina writer, Adaleyna. For eight weeks Adelayna came to my office for two hours during which time she would job shadow me. Because my job consisted of some pretty mundane duties, I tried to break it up by taking that time to take a coffee or lunch break so we could discuss real writing. I even had the opportunity to introduce her to my published writer friend, Ulises Silva of Digital Decaf (soon to be renamed) blog. During the student’s time in the program they’re required …