Esteban, 17, thought religion was pointless until a church retreat reconnected him with his Catholic faith.
They were people of all ethnicities united by this massive organization, the Catholic Church. In several scenes, they seemed carefree and friendly, as they were running, biking and doing other activities. I couldn’t help but have some pride in at one time being a member of such a force. I told myself to stop, to ignore it, to not allow myself to fall prey to what I saw as indoctrination. Still, the pride in their voices seemed genuine.
With a strict dad, Yasamin, 17, doesn’t get to hang out with her friends that much, but she loves her Persian culture.
After being abused, 15-year-old Juliana took her anger out on everybody until she got help.
Ashley, 16, says a swear jar helped her school raise money for earthquake victims in Haiti.