Teen Talk addresses growing up issues

Four hundred pre-identified students with behavioral concerns gathered at the Ilocos Norte National High School (INNHS) Gymnasium for the Teen Talk: A Forum on Adolescent Issues and Concerns - a potent tool in shaping students’ lives thus giving them the opportunity of performing effectively on the global stage, Nov. 24.

Already on its third year and is positively geared to equip students with the necessary values in this fast-paced world, the Values Education (VE) Department headed by Mr. Edwin M. Calucag, reached out to the end users through the said forum in connection to the VE month-long celebration themed “Empowering Filipino People through Values.”

With its goal of equipping the students with the necessary values to make them become strong and caring adults, very timely topics: The Changing Social and Developmental Characteristics of Adolescents; Coping with the Current Issues and Concerns of Teenagers; Rights and Responsibilities of Teenagers and Establishing Positive Self Image and Self Esteem were discussed by Mrs. Adelaida Manglal-lan, Mr. Jenson M. Naceno, Atty. Sandro Marie N. Obra, and Miss. Menchie T. Melendez respectively.

To let the participants feel at home and free from worries, free snacks and lunch were served which were sponsored by benefactors and stakeholders.

The forum is a school-based initiative of the VE department but due to its success, a plan to bring it to the division level was conceived by Mr. Calucag so that more students who are undergoing the confusing stage of teenage life would be reached out.

The forum was coordinated by Miss Jennifer T. Rasay together with the Student Advocates of Values Education (SAVE) Club Adviser, Mrs. Carmen C. Ganda and Mrs. Anida F. Patoc, Assistant Adviser.

Meanwhile, different contested activities like the on-line photo essay, poster-slogan making, jingle making, oratorical and essay writing were carried out in line with the celebration.

Further, the search for the cleanest room, most disciplined section and the Search for “Ulirang Mag-aaral” were launched as a year-round program of the department.