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Young Adults (15 years - 21 years)

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ACADEMIC GROWTH

Five Steps to a Successful College Scholarship Search

Three Steps to Writing a "Standout" College Scholarship Essay

This is a quick, easy and free scholarship directory that saves you hours of sorting through millions of scholarships.

This free African American scholarship search is tailored to your specific financial, academic, study pursuits and qualifications.

The La Capitale Chapter of The Links, Inc. offers a scholarship to East Baton Rouge and West Baton Rouge high school graduating seniors who have committed to attending Southern University and A&M College in Fall 2018.

Alabama A&M University offers a free list of scholarships that many African Americans are not applying for yearly. Meaning, a great deal of these monies are being returned to the donating companies and organizations because of a lack of awareness or a lack of interest.

This College Application Timeline helps students and their families stay on track with the college application process and time-sensitive deadlines.

 


SPIRITUAL GROWTH

How and Why We Make the Sign of the Cross

How Do I Receive Holy Communion?

How Do I Go to Confession? and Why Should I Go to Confession?

Why Do Catholics Do That?

Hearing, Sharing and Living God's Word: Many people operate with a basic attitude that God is silent. The Scriptures -- and particularly the Gospels -- are God's response to this problem. We can't pretend that God is silent! Wheat we do need to do is give the Scriptures a place and space in our lives so we can "hear" God.

First Steps in Prayer: Sometimes we just need some help to begin to pray. This story helps capture why prayer is important and offers a few helpful suggestions to help you get started on your communication and relationship with God.

Some Obstacles to Prayer: Sometimes we question why we don't like prayer or what's going wrong? It's common for many people to give up on prayer because they can't find a way to be still and quiet the "noise" going on inside their head. Sometimes fear, hurt or even anger with God is present which causes us to resist prayer time. 

Journaling: Writing down thoughts, feelings and personal experiences and finding creative ways of expressing what you're going through in your life journey is a practice that has helped so many people in their spiritual journey.

Imaginative Prayer: Our imagination can be a really helpful friend to imagine scenes and help us enter a conversation with God. This prayer method is taught by St. Ignatius and many others.

Praying with a Psalm: The Psalms express all the feelings that we go through in our human journey -- our ups and our downs. Sometimes when we don't know how to pray, the Psalms can help us get in touch with how we or others in the world may be feeling; and we pray the words deeply to God. It's a great way of entering prayer when we don't have the words of our own for prayer.

Examination of Consciousness: St. Ignatius encouraged everyone to develop an awareness of the presence of God in their daily life. This little practice is helpful to notice what God has been up to in our day -- and if we were "aware". Some people use this reflective experience at the end of the day before going to sleep. Some people use this during their day wanting to examine if they have lived out a particular attitude (like, not getting angry) or a virtue (like, hospitality) with others.

Finding a Spiritual Director or a Spiritual Companion: Sharing with someone about your spiritual journey is possibly one of the most helpful steps one can make in their spiritual journey. It requires you to meet regularly with someone and to simply share honestly. It's helpful having another pair of listening ears to discern where God may be at work. Some people may not be ready for the commitment and honesty needed.

A Balanced Spirituality: The history of Christian Spirituality shares with us a variety of practices. Being balanced in our spirituality and following Jesus can mean we need to recognize some spiritual traditions that may not be our own preference. Have a look at the holiness, contemplative, sacramental, social justice, charismatic, evangelical traditions and the "spirituality wheel" for self-diagnosis.

Discerning Your Vocation: Many young adults find themselves struggling to realize what their "call" or "vocation" from God might be. Is it marriage, priesthood, single life, religious life? Passion, attraction, desire and gifts are all part of the listening process which God works through us. After all, God writes His hopes and plans for us into our deepest desires.