Youth Corner

The Pasadena Journal presents Youth Corner.  Julian will share a question of the day, tip of the day, app of the week, a word find puzzle and a poem of the week . . .


Hello readers,

My name is Julian Hayes Pina. I'm a 16 year old dude that goes to South Pasadena High School. I love to draw and act but my favorite thing to do is write.

This week was a huge week for me. Why you ask? Because this was gonna be the week that I took the metro for the first time. Living in South Pas, I have always been driven where I wanted to go by my parents and also never had to pay for it. This day was different though.

Armed with twenty seven dollars, a cellphone, and my house keys, I bravely traversed onto the metro where I promptly got lost and ended up 5 stops away from where I wanted to be. The fact that it happened to me was no coincidence. I seem to be oozing bad luck wherever I go.

While I sorted out what to do a man walked up to me. He was very dirty and had hair that looked like it had been scared straight up. Obviously my first thought was that he was homeless. My friends always scolded me when I made eye contact with a homeless man as it somehow gave him dominion over all of us. I didnt have time to think about it though as I wanted to get back. I tapped him on the shoulder and asked him for directions. He muttered to himself for a few minuets before telling me where to go. With the man's advice, and my money, I was able to safely travel back home where I was laughed at by my friends and family for messing up when I only needed to go one stop ahead. All in all, though, I thought it was a learning experience for two reasons. One, pay more attention, and two, pay more attention.

African American news from Pasadena - Youth Corner - Question of the dayQUESTION OF THE DAY

Everybody at one point or another gets lost and doesn't know what to do.

The question that I'm asking is: what's the best way to handle a situation where you're in an unknown area and don't know how to get back?


A lot of people don't purchase a ticket on the metro partially because 9 times out of 10, the security isn't there. If you get caught by them though and you don't have a ticket, the fine is 250 DOLLARS. Really people?! You would rather risk paying 250 dollars to sneak on the metro than a dollar fifty to ensure your place on it. Don't be an idiot, people.

African American news from Pasadena - Youth Corner - App of the weekAPP OF THE WEEK

This weeks app of the week is a free game called I slash. This free game in the app store makes you really put to use that hand eye coordination. The objective is to cut little pieces of the game board while simultaneously keeping all the ninja stars together. Needless to say it is a very addictive game. I rate it a 4 out of 5 on the bomb scale. 4 because once you start to lose a lot, it makes you pretty angry.

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African American news from Pasadena - Youth Corner -Poem of the Week



African American news from Pasadena - Youth Corner - Word Find Puzzle



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