The young crew of “Teen Times”. The management of “The Daily Herald” is pleased to have been able to provide this very important outlet for teenagers for the past 25 years and looks forward to their continued input with the supplement. The teenagers’ point of view continues to be valuable.
PHILIPSBURG–The crew of youth publication Teen Times will kick off activities for the 2020/2021 school year with heightened anticipation, as it will be celebrating its 26th anniversary in January 2021.
Teen Times coordinator Rochelayne “Roosje” Rommy-Richardson said that despite the COVID-19 pandemic, including disruptions to the operations of Teen Times, its members remain excited about its activities for the new school year.
“Like almost everything in the world, the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the operations and plans of 2020. The world was not prepared to deal with this crisis, which forced cancellations and adjustments of best-laid plans. ‘Teen Times’ is no exception.
“For the first time in our history, we were not able to host any of our annual events or conduct any of our community service projects. The publication of two issues was not possible and now we are late with this first issue of the 2020/2021 school year,” Rommy-Richardson said.
She said the group is moving forward with no clear indication about when the world will be back to normal.
“On January 26, 1995, we started this journey of educating, enlightening, empowering and entertaining St. Maarten’s youth through the influential power of newsprint. Twenty-five years later, we are extremely proud of our history and our body of work on behalf of the youth of St. Maarten,” said Rommy-Richardson.
More than 500 young people have called themselves members/writers of Teen Times and “many have gone on to accomplish great things in their lives,” she said.
Teen Times will publish a special issue in January 2021 to mark its quarter-century in existence. In this issue, “everyone involved over the years will get their due mention and praise,” said Rommy-Richardson.
For this school year, the public can expect COVID-19 to dominate the publication’s pages, she said.
She also said the group hopes to “get back into the swing of things” by once again hosting its annual Prom Night and Talent Showdown, as well as other community initiatives. Emphasis will also be placed on governmental accountability about its United Nations 2030 plans.
She said Teen Times will increase its activity on various social media platforms by producing more video and interactive content.
“There aren’t many organisations that can boast of a 25-year history. We attribute this success not only to the hard, dedicated work of so many, but also by remaining constant and focused on our goal to be the voice of the youth, for the youth and by the youth,” said Rommy-Richardson.
The publication is encouraging young writers, poets, and artists to submit their work by sending an e-mail to
“For 25 years we have been eager and proud to publish your work. This eagerness and pride remains, and we look forward to hearing from you,” said Rommy-Richardson.
Teen Times is a monthly supplement of The Daily Herald.
Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/teen-times-kicks-off-its-26th-year-of-publication