Issues & Topics

All different topics & issues presentation & discussions, such as alcohol, tobacco, drugs, HIV-AIDS, teen pregnancy, sexual violence, involving information, awareness & prevention.

“One in 3 children in the United States is overweight or obese. Childhood obesity puts kids at risk for health problems that were once seen only in adults, like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease.” -


Children obesity is a real problem and still exist. There are reasons why obesity is still common in the U.S. Such as organic and healthy food tend to be more expensive so lower income families tend to buy lower quality food. Fast food and high calorie snacks are very cheap to buy and widely available everywhere. And many people are still not informed or knowledgeable on how food can affect their health. As much as it is a financial and informative issue, it is also a mental struggle. People have to change the way they think about food within themselves, their family, their friends, and so on.

But no worries, obesity can be prevented! September is the National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month and organizations hope to spread the word of helping others! Here are so helpful resources that you can use and please share with others on social media:

National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month
Fruits and Veggies – More Matters Month

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Nagatsuki is the shortened form of Yonagazuki, meaning “long-night month” for what is today the month of September. Tsukimi or “Moon-viewing” parties are popular today but originally began in the Heian Era (794-1185 CE) to honor harvests and the beauty of the moon. At tsukimi celebrations, many feast on dumplings and celebrate the coming of autumn.

This month, two national holidays including Keiro no hi, or Respect for the Aged Day, and Autumnal Equinox Day are observed.


Respect for Aged day is celebrated on the 3rd Monday in September and is one of many Japan’s national holidays. It’s a holiday that is spent respecting, honoring, and giving gifts to the elders. It highlights the longevity of Japan’s elderly population.

“With improvements in healthcare, Japanese people are living longer than ever and the number of people over the age of 100 is expected to reach 32,000 next month.

One in five Japanese are aged 65 or older and Japanese women can expect to live to see their 85th birthday.” -


Autumnal Equinox Day usually falls on Sept 22 or 23. It is a period of time where Japanese people pay respects to their ancestors, elders, and important family members. Also, it marks the day that daylight will be getting shorter as winter approach.

“The Japanese have traditionally called the period around the autumnal and vernal (springtime) equinoxes higan. There’s a saying that goes, “both the heat and cold end with higan.“ Higan lasts for seven days – beginning three days prior to the equinox and ending three days after it. It occurs twice a year, once when the blustery winter temperatures give way to spring and again when the heat subsides and the cool, crisp air of autumn arrives.

Higan has Buddhist origins. It means the “other side of the river of death.” This side of the river is the world where we live, and the other side is the realm where the souls of those who have passed away dwell. To pray for the repose of deceased ancestors, visits are made to the family grave.” -

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It’s that time of the year where students are returning to school. Everyone wants to have a new start at school and have a positive experience. But it will be different for everyone. Are you worried about your schedule, making friends, joining sports, and such? Here are some tips to help you out:

  • Don’t be shy to ask for help whether it’s for something small or big. School nurses, staffs, and counselors are there to help students out.
  • Finding your classes can be easy or challenging. The best thing to do is ask the school staffs who can help guide you to the right classroom.
  • Want to a join a sport/club? Meet up with the staffs at the athletic/club office. They can help you with the paperwork and fees that may apply.
  • Having problem with or wanting to change your schedule? You are able to change it if you set pup an appointment and meet up with your assigned counselor. Just know that people who are grade above you will be in consideration first.
  • Trying to make new friends? Often time, you just need to reach out first (volunteer or partner work, speak first, invite others, etc.). It could be in the classroom, club, or sport team setting. You have more opportunities to make friends with people who share more similarities.
  • Stray away from drama, peer pressure, and negativity. Focus on important things such as your homework, grades, and friends. Don’t get too hung over school drama or with unwanted peer pressure because those things won’t do you much good.

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Thursday, August 13 2015 we are nearing the end of our summer with step-up. During the summer i learned about the concept of BALL. My photoshop skills have massively improved. one good memory i will have about this program is going to be the people. They were all so welcoming and it was good to know I’ve made new friends. In the future i want the concept of BALL (Bicultural active living lifestyle) to expand even further!

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Throughout the last 8 weeks of  working at Asian Media Access. I have learned many things, such as Tobacco prevention, drug prevention, alcohol prevention, and also about complete street. I really enjoy working at AMA for being in the STEP-UP program for the first time. I learned how to use photoshop, plus making postcard and making facts sheets. I also kind of learned about making film. There are many things that I liked about working at AMA. Something things that I liked about working at AMA was the field trip, the project, and making new friends along the way. One thing that I wanted to learn more about was Film making because it looked really fun. I think that the field trip is a very great ideas to have while working because it will be boring just sitting and staying at one place. I think that AMA is a super cool job to have for my first year of working in the summer.

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Final Blog

Hey Carvez here.

This is going to be my last and final blog with Step-Up so I might as well share what I’ve learned.

I’ve learned from Step-Up how to cash and deposit checks by myself or with an adult.

I’ve also learned how to become very professional when dealing with other people.

The skills that I received from this program are seen to me as extensive training in PhotoShop and PhotoShop Element.

Out of the many good memories and experiences with Step-Up I would choose the trip to Mall of America because browsing multiple stores and sight-seeing was great and, in personal opinion, a great way to spend time.

I would consider doing this program. It’s a great way to earn money and build experience with a job.

In my future I hope to see myself in college and collecting even more experiences on life.

My day at work  is going good so far. We only have one more day of work. My experience working with step up this summer was interesting and fun because I have done things that I have not done yet until now like riding a plane and riding the light rail to MOA. I will work with step up again but I don’t know when again. It was a good feeling making my own money because I always felt bad when I ask my parents for money. But now I have my own money to use. That was what my experience was like for working with step up this summer.

-Paying Yang


Summer is the most popular season for people to go on vacations and trips. But many can forget to bring items to protect themselves from the harm. So here are the necessary travel items to bring:

  1. Sun protection! It’s important to protect your body from harmful sunlight. It can help prevent sunburn, skin cancer, wrinkles, etc. So try to wear sunglasses, sunscreen products, hats, and clothes to cover your skin from direct sunlight.
  2. Pack medicines! If you get motion sickness, cramps, headaches, stomaches, anything that may require medication then bring enough with you. It will help you feel a lot better along your trip.
  3. Bring a safety kit! Just in case an emergency happen or someone gets hurt, a safety kit can provide many aids without wasting time or money.
  4. Going out of the country? One thing that you must bring is your passport. Also, check to see if you may need to take shots before going so plan your clinic appointments ahead of your flight!
  5. Stay hydrated! Drink at least 8-ounces glasses of water. You may need to drink more because you will sweat more. If you are going to a third world country or a poor region, then always make sure to drink from bottled water.
  6. Bring bug spray! Try to avoid getting bitten or stung by bugs by wearing long sleeves and pants, staying indoors at night, and using bug repellants. They may carry diseases such as malaria, dengue fever, and more.

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Today We made a postcard about fruit and eating healthy, we had little vegetables and fruits and put them together and came up wit a slogan

On Saturday we went out to stencil a few houses around the neighborhood. The group I was in we were stenciling like a pro and we went out to DQ after. So all in all, it was a good day.


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