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Who says you can’t be fashionable and a sporty chick all in one! You can compete for the gold with the best of them and do it all in style. Snowboarding X Games champ and Olympic gold medalist Gretchen Bleiler is changing fashion for female snowboarders and athletes. She is said to be the single most accomplished female snowboarder in the world. She found her passion for snowboarding at age 11, and has been collecting awards ever since.

She accomplished it all while hitting the slopes wearing men’s XS snowboarding gear. Tired of the limited variety, she decided to revamp the women’s snowboarding wardrobe. She teamed up with sporting gear company Oakley to create her ideal snowboarding and outerwear collection. It is currently in stores and the next collection is slated to hit stores in the fall. Her goal was to make fashionable, edgy clothing for females. She spent countless hours constructing the perfect blend of edgy graphics and details in bold and bright colors. The clothing is sporty, yet still feminine. Now you can look sporty and chic while winning a medal or competing.

Check out Gretchen’s interview with Nick Magazine and Ask, Listen, Learn. When she’s not out on the icy mountains, she enjoys surfing, mountain biking, interior design and fashion. She’s active in a number of environmental organizations and helped to create Snow Angels Invitational, a new all-female invitational superpipe competition at Snowmass. You can accomplish anything with a dream and the desire to obtain it!

Go for the gold, ladies!



April is right around the corner and along with spring beginning, flowers and trees blooming, and April Fool’s pranks, April is designated Alcohol Awareness Month. As youth, you can get involved and create your own ideas to reinforce prevention education in your schools as well as your community. Visit Girl Talk’s Alcohol Awareness cause on Facebook and become a member! To learn more, visit The Century Council’s website and educate yourself about the dangers of underage drinking. Recruit your friends and tell them about the Facebook cause as well. Familiarize yourself with the positions of the cause. Remember to spread the word and join the cause!



When you think of spring you think of bright colors, flowers blooming, and bees buzzing. When you think of spring fashion bright colorful clothes come to mind. Spring fashion is all about prints and bright colors to enhance your silhouette! Tighter budgets this season may keep you from shopping as freely as you please and experimenting with every new style, however there are plenty of new styles to pick and choose from. Spring time evokes a feeling of fresh new beginnings. Bright vibrant colors appear and designers include each of them in their new selections. This season introduces a mixture of bright new colors. Put your navy away for fall, Pantone’s spring 2009 color report names Palace Blue the new “it” blue hue for spring 2009.


You can expect to see an array of prints this spring season, such as large fun polka dots or tropical and floral unique prints. Geometric lines will surface as well. As far as colors, black is out this season so make way for bright colors. Metallic, silver, and gold will still be prevalent during this upcoming season. Jump suits are one of the hottest items this season. You can wear them baggy or fitted. Cropped trousers in solids or an assortment of prints are in this season. They can be cute for day and night wear. Textured leggings are also carrying over into spring so feel free to try new colors and patterns! New items to appear will be hooded medieval dresses and hooded outfits so look out for them. If you have been waiting to break out your white, the time is almost here. You can substitute your little black dress with a white goddess-like dress for spring. Asymmetrical dresses, blouses, and shirts are a nice look as well.

Open your mind up to new styles this season. Go for the bohemian style or the Cleopatra look with a jeweled neckline. Big bold costume jewelry is a must-have for this season. Huge chains, large textured rings, thick cuffs and stacked bangles will add as a nice accessory to your spring look. Don’t be afraid to add accessories to your outfit – maybe a nice broche, pin, or a feathered headband in your hair.

You can save money by altering clothing you already own such as jean jackets or blazers. A simple push or roll of the sleeve will keep you trendy this spring season! You can also jazz up your outfits with accessories. Big flowers are in! You can head to your nearest arts and crafts store and make unique accessories to make your outfit just that more noticeable. The destroyed denim look will be in so you can easily cut up a pair of old jeans and create a look that best suits you.

Happy fashionable spring!


Would you like to use your imagination and originality to make a difference by communicating with your peers through a Public Service Announcement? You can relate to your peers better than anyone else, so why not do it in a positive way and make a difference! Teens are faced with a number of difficult choices each day. Peer pressure is one of them. There is a constant battle to “try and fit in.” We’ve all been there and we know it’s hard. So why not put these dilemmas on tape?


McDivitt Law Firm and other organizations are sponsoring a PSA contest, inviting high school student’s grades 9-12 to create compelling and creative PSA’s about the dangers of drinking and driving and to encourage them to refrain from underage drinking. This is your chance to express yourself while conveying a positive message to other teens. Your honest ideas, opinions, perspectives, thoughts, and concerns are wanted about this important social issue which greatly affects you and your peers.

Check out the contest website for facts about the contest, rules and regulations, and resources. Also check out the McDivitt Law Firm sponsor page for a few ideas and suggestions on PSA’s. Entries are due by April 3, 2009. If you have any questions feel free to email or check out their blog.

Grab your camcorder, rally up a film crew, and recruit actors.

Happy filming,



Teens all over are lending a helping hand to their communities. Teens are collectively fighting against underage drinking and getting the message around amongst their peers that, “You don’t have to drink to be cool”.

Students of Neenah High School of Wisconsin created a movie depicting the dangers of drunken driving. The video focuses on the consequences of underage drinking. An area judge recently decided to start using the movie to show first time offenders, in hopes that they will learn a valuable lesson. Teen organizations in Vermont teamed up to participate in a sticker shock campaign. The area’s local organizations, Students Against Destructive Decisions chapter (SADD), and The Collaborative and Our Voices Exposed all participated in the campaign. They decided on a prevention message and a design and printed 2,000 stickers. They put the stickers on every alcohol container they saw. The teens enjoyed getting the message around about the dangers of underage drinking.

There are an infinite number of ways to have fun that don’t involve drinking! Try some alternative activities:

1. Get involved in sports. Try out for the school team or just do it for fun

2. Make up games to play amongst your friends in groups

3. Play board games, monopoly will always be a classic

4. Get together and rent movies or go out to the movies

5. Get involved in your community and volunteer for a cause that interests you

6. Pick up a hobby, such as learning to play an instrument

7. Learn a new craft like knitting or crocheting

8. Visit museums or go to local plays in your area

9. Read a good book

The goal is to have safe fun! Get your friends together and throw theme parties that don’t include alcohol. Ask yourself what you can do to help the fight against underage drinking. The consequences are dangerous so let’s help to prevent any negative consequences.

Keep being positive role models!


Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, are you left wondering what you’re going to do to celebrate? Here are some creative ways to enjoy that day with your friends, a boyfriend, or your family. It can be a fun day to share with those you care about.

1. Try planning a Valentine’s Day party or sleepover, invite your closest friends and ask them to wear reds or pinks for the occasion.

2. Play a game with your family such as Valentine Bingo!

3. Create homemade Valentines for your sweetheart, crush, friends, or family.

4. Make treats, like candy hearts, to share at school.

If those ideas don’t do it for you, check out this site for more great ways to spend your Valentine’s Day! Even if you don’t have a particular Valentine in mind just remember to have fun!



No matter how many times you try to quickly avoid people sneezing or coughing, you always seem to catch at least one cold during the winter season. Whether you are home with your family, at school, or out and about, germs are everywhere. But avoiding germs is not the only way to prevent the common cold. First and foremost, you have to take good care of your body. Start your day off with a well-balanced breakfast. Wash it down with a glass of orange juice to ensure that you are getting a decent amount of vitamin C. It is important that your body has the necessary amount of energy and nutrients that it needs to fight off germs and viruses.

Here are some tips and suggestions to keep you as healthy as possible during the rest of the winter season:

<!–[if !supportLists]–>1. <!–[endif]–>Exercising is important. Try a moderate exercise routine at least 3 to 4 hours a week. This helps to generate endorphins, which strengthen your immune system. Aim towards breaking a sweat without pushing yourself too hard.

<!–[if !supportLists]–>2. <!–[endif]–>Try to at least get 8 hours of sleep. A good night’s sleep is extremely important in keeping your body and mind in tip-top condition.

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<!–[if !supportLists]–>1. <!–[endif]–>Make healthy eating choices. Make sure to eat a well-balanced diet so that you get all of the vitamins and minerals you need each day.

<!–[if !supportLists]–>2. <!–[endif]–>Enjoy spending time with your friends and family. Spending time with the people you care about will lift your spirits and help to avoid stress.

<!–[if !supportLists]–>3. <!–[endif]–>Make sure you are getting plenty of sunlight.

<!–[if !supportLists]–>4. <!–[endif]–>Keep your head, neck, and feet covered to stay warm.

<!–[if !supportLists]–>5. <!–[endif]–>Keep hydrated! Drink plenty of water. A nice hot alternative is warm water with lemons or tea..

<!–[if !supportLists]–>6. <!–[endif]–>Try to avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth as much as possible. Keep those germs out

It’s not fun staying home from school with a runny nose, sore throat, or fever. Avoid those miserable colds. And in the event that you do get sick, make sure you have lots of tissues, soup, hot teas, and warm pajamas!

Happy healthy winter season everyone!



Dreams turn into reality when you work hard to obtain them. When you speak your dreams and ambitions into existence they will come true. Whether you choose to be a doctor, athlete, psychiatrist, entrepreneur, humanitarian or the president of the United States, you can do it! Barack Obama has inspired youth like no other president or role model. He gives a sense of hope with his popular campaign slogan, “Yes We Can”! And yes, Barack Obama did.

Yesterday Barack Obama was sworn in as the 44th president of the United States. Millions congregated from all over the world to witness the inauguration of the first African American president of the United States. As Obama moved forward and placed his hand on the bible, it was apparent that his dreams became a reality. He broke barriers and overcame struggles to achieve a status of greatness that has millions believing that now is the time to begin a change for the better. President Obama gave a rousing speech offering hope to the American people, letting them know that the road may not be easy but change will come.

Throughout his campaign he influenced many but none like the youth! The youth turned out in record numbers at the polls to vote for Barack Obama. Even those whose age prevented them from voting found ways to lend a voice or a helping hand to the campaign. No matter your age, creed, or color, remember you can make a difference and you can achieve your goals through hard work, dedication, and determination. Go after your dreams and make a positive difference in the world.

Yes You Can!

Best Wishes,


Since 2007, The Century Council and the National Soccer Hall of Fame have been partners working to motivate young people to lead healthy and active lives. The Girl Talk program partnered with the National Soccer Hall of Fame for their 2007 induction ceremonies which included the induction of female players Mia Hamm and Julie Foudy. This was a historic event as it was the Soccer Hall of Fame’s first time inducting an all female class and we were thrilled to be a part of it!

Last night yet another woman was inducted into the Soccer Hall of Fame – two-time World Champion Joy Fawcett. The Century Council congratulates Joy on her accomplishment!

It’s that time of year again! Thanksgiving has come and gone and if you’re like me, turkey has been part of every meal for a week. If you were lucky enough to get up early and catch the sales on black Friday then you’ve probably taken care of all your holiday shopping. But what if you couldn’t make it out to the mall and you need a more affordable way to find gifts? Why not make your own? My favorite thing to do is make personalized cards and gifts to give to my closest friends.

Holiday cards are great, inexpensive personalized gifts. Scrapbooks or homemade jewelry are fun ways to get artistic and share memories with your loved ones. Take advantage of your talents and interests and use them to your advantage when creating these gifts. Write your mother a poem, bake your father a cake or another goodie, or even decorate a picture frame of you and your best friend together. Sometimes just making someone a mix CD of their favorite songs is the best gift you can give them. However you decide to exchange gifts, make them personal and get creative!

Greetings All,

I hope everyone is having a wonderful, safe, and exciting school year. You all have been patiently waiting and the time has arrived! The new Ask Katie questions have been posted! Click here to read each question along with my responses!

With school back in session and friends and extracurricular activities on your mind you may need a little advice, so continue to send your questions and concerns. Feel free to share your thoughts about whatever is on your mind, whether it be boy problems, issues with your parents or friends, or anything in between!

Best wishes,

Greetings All,

School is starting and I hope everyone is looking forward to an exciting school year! I would like to welcome you to the Girl Talk Blog. Some of you may have been re-directed here from the Girl Talk website – check it out while we make some changes there. We appreciate your patience. Feel free to visit our blog often to post any comments, questions, or concerns. If you are in need of any facts or important information from the Girl Talk website, post your thoughts and questions so that we can answer them. Feel free to catch up on your blog entries and comment on those as well. Your feedback is important! Also stay tuned for our new section, “advice articles” in upcoming post. The articles will cover many of the issues that you submit in hopes of helping many different situations.

We look forward to your comments and questions,

Hey Everyone,

Don’t we all enjoy lunch time at school, eating with our friends, and indulging in endless conversations? It’s a time to catch up on the latest news and discuss what ever is going on in each others lives. Sitting around the table at home with family is also a time to share stories, the day’s events, and just engage in good healthy conversation. Your parents can be cool too! They were once your age and loved to hang out with their friends and enjoy activities, but family time is important too… and what better time to bond with your family than at the dinner table? Daily routine habits can help shape our lives. A recent article in the Washington Post reported that eating meals together as a family can reduce the risk of teen girls turning to drugs and alcohol.

Family time is important! Friends may change throughout your life, but your family is always there. You may not think so, but your parents can offer some pretty good advice if you give them a chance. The Washington Post isn’t the only one reporting about the importance of family bonding time at the dinner table. Popular cable networks like Nick @ Nite and TV Land run public service announcements and commercials encouraging families to share meals together. Bonding with your parents and other siblings isn’t such a bad idea. There are ways to have fun with your family while sharing meals. Try getting together to play a game or discussing a topic that interest all of you, during or after dinner. You can come up with unique and interesting games that will interest you as well as your parents.

Family meals are the perfect time to engage in important conversations with one another and discuss each persons day. What sorts of things can you share with your family? Share your feelings or even issues you might be having at school or elsewhere. How do you feel about eating together as a family and discussing important events such as drugs or alcohol? Do you feel comfortable discussing it with your parents? Would you rather not discuss it? What kinds of things would you be open to discussing at the dinner table amongst your family? Feel free to voice your opinions!

Get on the path to discussing a healthy lifestyle during a healthy meal!

Enjoy your dinner conversations,

We’ve all heard the phase, “reading is fundamental”! Well it’s true! And no, to answer your question, it is not always boring. Reading can be fun as well as entertaining and enlightening. Don’t think of it as reading chapter after chapter in a text book. It’s time to think about summer reading for yourself. Think of it as absorbing yourself into an interesting story in a novel that will keep you turning the page. The key to reading for your own personal enjoyment is to read books that interest you or best relate to you. If you’re into art or music, try reading art or music related books that allow you to gain more knowledge of the subject. Or maybe you enjoy a good novel with an ending that leaves you waiting for the sequel. Whatever your choice may be, I hope you decide to pick up a book and cut down a few hours of sitting in front of the television! Reading during your down time can be relaxing.

If you’re into group activities or projects, why not start a book club of your own and invite your friends? You can collectively select books that interest all of you. There are websites that help you start you own book club, run your book club, and even help you to choose what books to read. You can find books that best suit your age, interest, hobbies, and concerns. You can make up questions and organize discussions to collectively discuss the book and hear others’ views, while informing each other. You can choose a book of the month or depending on how fast your book club reads, try a book a week! What is summer without warm weather, trips to the beach, and a great book to dive into! If you don’t start a book club with your friends, why not join a book club at your local library or near by recreation center. Challenge yourself and others to read a few books this summer and exercise your brain. If you’ve faithfully read every Harry Potter book and you’re eagerly searching for other fantasy novels, try searching for others like it on Or if you’re into heart-warming series, try reading all parts of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. To find a book that best suits you, try going to Barnes & Noble or Borders online.

So pick up a good book and let your mind soar and your thoughts wander. Happy summer reading!

Greetings All,

Ever hear the expression “age is only a number”? Well, in this case it’s completely true! You are never too young to get involved or make a difference, no matter the size. If you have the urge to help others at age 10 or 18, go for it! I’ve always believed that “if you speak loud enough, your voice will always be heard.” If you have a dream or an idea that you are passionate about, pursue it! Get together with other positive people, put your ideas together, and start planning!

People of all ages are changing the world – one person, one day, and one idea at a time. Action Without Borders is a non-profit organization which aims to connect other organizations, people, and resources to help build a world where everyone can lead free and dignified lives. The organization was founded in 1995 by executive director Ami Dar. Action Without Borders has a vision to live in a world where “every person who wants to help another has the ability to do so, and no opportunities for action or collaboration are missed or wasted.” Action Without Borders runs the website, which aids connections between individuals and institutions that are interested in improving their communities. One of its resource centers, Idealist Kids & Teens, is designed to introduce you to the world of non-profit organizations, activities, and issues that kids pursue. It can help you find information about how to start a project to help your local community – or even our global community! Use it to find information on youth volunteering and non-profit websites for young people dealing with important issues such as human rights, the environment, arts, and many more.

What’s so unique about this non-profit organization is that is has over twenty organizations that were started and are run by kids and teens such as yourself. They started out with ideas for projects to help their communities, and with time, dedication and hard work, those projects grew into organizations. A number of the kids started organizations after devastating events in their lives, life-changing encounters, and memorable trips and visits. But many started them just with the idea that they wanted to change the lives of others for the better. Some of the organizations include Grandma’s Gifts, Kids For A Clean Environment (Kids FA.C.E.), Kids Konnected, Ryan’s Well Foundation, The Victorian Hands Foundation, Teen Force, and countless others. Be sure to check them out!

One unique organization was started by a four-year-old, Alexandra “Alex” Scott. She founded Alex’s Lemonade Stand for pediatric cancer research. She was diagnosed with cancer a couple of days before her first birthday. At age four, she decided to do something to raise money for a cure. She opened her first lemonade stand in 2000, with the idea to donate the earnings to her hospital. From then on she had an annual lemonade stand in her front yard to raise money. On August 1, 2004, Alex died at the age of 8. Word began to spread of her youthful humanitarian efforts and donations came poring in worldwide. As a result, Alex’s Lemonade Stand has raised over $5 million for pediatric cancer research.

Anything is possible and your options are endless. Don’t be afraid to let your voice be heard. Get involved in your community for your sake and for the sake of others. If you reach one person, you have made a difference. Every little bit counts!

Get involved, be heard, and make a difference,

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