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Site Helps Youth Get a "Pulse" on the World Around Them

8/9/2006:   "The memories I have of life during and after Hurricane Katrina are like objects in a junk drawer. I'd like to keep them hidden and pretend that they don't exist, but at the same time I can't bear to throw them away. So I push them back, back, back. Back into the dusty files of my memory along with reminders of that Algebra project I failed because I didn't ask for help..."

These are the words of Hope, a teenager from New Orleans who logged onto the new website GenerationPulse to share her thoughts on the world, post-Hurricane Katrina. Hope's entry is just one of many submitted to the site by a national network of young people who seek to better themselves and others by sharing art, photography, writing, and music.

Started by Boston College Professor Belle Liang, GenerationPulse encourages youth to exchange experiences that shape their lives, and to reach out to displaced and disenfranchised youth. Currently, the site is focused on youth survivors of Hurricane Katrina.

In addition to submitting and responding to stories, youth can also learn about college and community outreach opportunities and summer programs, as well as read about other important issues facing youth today.


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