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Introducing Teen Author, Isela Ventura

Maria Isela Ventura

To me, Isela Ventura, happiness is key. My heart has decided for itself that writing is what makes me happy. Set that aside, and you’ll find out that educating satisfies my soul. So here I am.

I want to grow through PREP and I would like for my readers to do the same along my side. I began writing for PREP because I believed that there should be a Christian viewpoint from a Latina that is creating her own culture.

I write what I write because, like in real life, I like walking away from a conversation knowing something new. That’s all I want to do. Give you a place to learn new things. You will also come to find that I am very smiley and giggly and my enemy is judgment.

And lastly, eventually I would like to publish a book but right now we’re just taking baby steps. I hope you enjoy my writing as much as I enjoy knowing you’re reading.

Teen Truths Becomes a Reality

Introducing Teen Truths’ Youth Authors

Have you ever wanted to get inside the thoughts of a teenager and hear the raw, uncensored truths of their teen world? Yes? No? Certainly, there was a time when I wanted little to do with teenagers; there’s a reason I was an elementary teacher, no? So, call me crazy then when I answer, “Yes. Yes, I do.”

Youth VoicesIt has been through my tenure with Garfield County PREP and developing the summer intern program; where I have spent a lot of time listening and engaging with teenagers, hearing their points of view on sexuality, sexual health, mental health, drugs, suicide and the myriad of issues facing teens today, that I have come to marvel at their wit, intelligence, honesty and humor. That is why I’ve invited youth to share their voices on the Garfield County PREP blog, Teen Truths.

Garfield County PREP is honored, humbled and extremely grateful to find two, bright young teenagers willing to take the time to share their viewpoints on the world and their place in it. May I introduce to you two incredible teen authors from the Colorado and Eagle River Valleys?!

Maria Isela Ventura

Maria Isela Ventura

Isela, as she likes to be called, is a student at

Coal Ridge High School on the Western Slope of Colorado.

She has the goal of two posts per month.

 

Saphira Klearman

Saphira Klearman

Saphira is a student in the Eagle Valley, and is the

founder of Project We Care Colorado.

Her goal is to contribute one article per month.

We hope you will check in often to take a glimpse inside the minds of two local teens who find resilience in their worlds and drive forward with focus, conviction and purpose.