For teens, coping with stress, test anxiety, depression, feelings of inadequacy or fighting with parents can be difficult to deal with. Finding ways to lift yourself up, like yourself more, resolve conflicts and feel good about the future makes a difference. There are many ways teens can solve or escape these challenges.
A group of Christian Science youth from Western New York was called together by adults from the Buffalo-Kenmore Christian Science church to form a committee and discuss ways to help teens who are struggling. This group of youngsters, ranging in age from 11 to 18, met to discuss the most prevalent problems faced by teens and preteens today.
The purpose of the meetings was to identify problems and organize events that would help inspire and support teens. The committee is bringing Nate Frederick, a Christian Science practitioner and speaker, to Western New York. He will speak at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Kenmore Branch Library, 160 Delaware Road, Kenmore, and at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Frank E. Merriweather Jr. Library, 1324 Jefferson Ave.
Frederick’s talk, titled “God’s love … real, reliable and restorative: Solutions to your everyday problems big and small,” explores the healing effect of faith through stories, animation, photography and song.
Frederick studied religion at New England’s Hampshire College. After graduation, he traveled for a year, which included hiking in the Himalayas. Frederick moved to Boston in 2008 to work for the headquarters of First Church of Christ, Scientist, where he launched his public healing practice. While there, he also started the Monday through Friday, two-minute podcast series “Your Daily Lift,” which can be found on the ChristianScience.com website.
During the group meetings, Ameline and Lorine Fauchon from Rosenheim, Germany, who are currently living with their family in Williamsville, shared their unique perspective of being new students to American schools. They commented on what they have observed while attending school here, as well as problems faced by German teens. They have seen kids deal with stress at school, peer pressure, depression, mental ups and downs caused by hormones, aggression, lack of awareness of limits, difficulty accepting authority and inferiority complex.
“Teens will find new ideas for solving their problems and discover maybe unknown possibilities by relying on the power of God,” Ameline, a sophomore at Williamsville East High School, said.
“We are looking forward to a lot of new visitors to see that other teenagers are also interested in spiritual topics,” said Lorine, a seventh-grader at Transit Middle School.
Jack Oshei, a freshman at the University at Buffalo, said he has learned a lot from the meetings to organize the events.
“I’ve learned how to write and tailor diverse letters to leaders in our community,” he said, adding that he enjoyed the experience of working as a group, making decisions and feeling like a team.
The talks are open to people of all ages.
Eliza Lefebvre is a senior at Sweet Home High School.