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Stories from Teen

College-bound Sebastopol teen steps outside comfort zone

Jocylene Santibañez, who is bound for Gettysberg College, attributes a lot of her personal growth to a program called Summer Search that she was chosen for in her sophomore year of high school.

Environmental issues spur Lake County teen into politics

An avid kayaker, Jack Shrive, 16, is interested in reducing the number of older, polluting boat engines that propel vessels across Clear Lake.

Teen Essay: Better to learn foreign languages young

Mendocino student shares why it would be more beneficial to learn a foreign language in grammar school instead of in the later school years.

Straight Talk: Stepmom seeks help from kids’ hostility

Abusive behavior is bad for everyone; it’s time to schedule a family meeting.

Teen Essay: Why people should exercise their right to vote

Are you ever unhappy with the way the world is going? Many people complain but do not do anything to change it.

Teen Face: Log on to social media and help advance society

After recently missing a few days of school because of being sick, I was behind on all my classwork and homework.

El Molino senior following a different path to success

Anika Gillespie-Jones enrolled in the Forestville school’s independent study program at the SRJC, and will attend Chico University in the fall.

Teen essay: A chance for all of us to help fight hunger

Sonoma County Junior Commission on Human Rights hosting 24-Hour Fight to End Food Insecurity and bring awareness to the issue of food instability.

Straight Talk: Is 18 too young for marriage?

A reader wants to get married to her boyfriend, but her mother thinks it's too soon. What do you think?

Teen Face: El Molino senior will be first in family to go to college

El Molino High School senior Zonia López is on her way to become the first in her family to go to college.

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