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Why is Keystone Pipeline disputed?


Keystone pipeline is a designed pipeline of 1,179-mile (1,897km) that would carry 830,000 barrels of oil from the oil sands of Alberta, Canada, to Nebraska. In Nebraska the pipeline would join an existing pipeline.


The pipeline will be privately financed by oil companies in Canada ( TransCanada) and other oil shippers. The go ahead to the project which President Trump signed will grossly reduce North America’s dependence for oil on Gulf countries.


President Obama had not approved the project following the reports of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Critics of the project argue that Keystone pipeline will exacerbate the environment. Oil spillage is one of the main concerns. The EPA argues that the gas emissions from development and use of oil sands crude is about 17% greater than emissions from average crude oil.


President Trump believes that construction of pipeline will create construction jobs. He says that pipes will be built in the US and lot of steel workers will be back to work.

“The story of the Keystone XL pipeline is the story of how we built the grassroots climate movement in this country,” said Joelle Novey, the director of Interfaith Power and Light, a religious advocacy group that supports climate action. Novey showed up to the White House protest on Tuesday night; she said it was only the most recent of countless protests she attended against Keystone. “It’s a symbol,” she told me, “which is probably partly why Trump went for it on his fourth day.”


Power of Choice- Help when you need the most

I belong to a culture that values family values, education and a conservative outlook towards life. That’s what I thought before. Now having lived in Naperville for almost a decade, I have changed my opinion.

Few years ago, a teen from Waubansee Valley High School was caught in a compromising act, that kid was an Indian girl.

A teen from Neuqua Valley last year was found with drugs on him, he was an Indian kid.

A teen from Metea Valley school was suspended from school for possessing drugs. He was an Indian kid.

In all the social parties that I attend ( mostly just with Indians) there is free flowing alcohol. Sometimes, the kids who are still not at the drinking age are rumored to drink surreptitiously.

Point of this narrative: We are now a part and fabric of the  society here. Apart from adopting the good things of the local society, unfortunately we also take on the vices of the society. Our children belong here. Things with kids do go wrong sometimes. They can fall into a bad company and addiction. I pray it doesn’t happen to you or anyone reading this, but if unfortunately it does, then there is a local organization that can help.

360 Youth Services has been committed to substance use prevention education, counseling and providing housing for homeless youth and young adults.

Out of the three programs 360 Youth Services support I will talk about Power of Choice program today.

360 Youth Services coordinates this highly effective and proven drug and alcohol abuse prevention campaign for students in school districts 203 & 204 and their parents. The Power of Choice initiative focuses on correcting miconceptions about the prevalence of substance use and emphasizes that most students are making healthy choices regarding tobacco, alcohol and drugs. It utilizes classroom presentations, posters, journals located in school bathroom stalls, and many types of media and communication tools.

Ultimately, the high school based program acknowledges that when a community consistently supports its students’ healthy choices, the number of kids making good decisions about substance use actually increases.

The Power of Choice also includes a junior high/middle school communications campaign for district 203 & 204 students and their parents. This campaign increases knowledge around risk and harm associated with alcohol, tobacco and other drug use.

Parents of High School Students:

Positive Ways to Cope

Many teens report feeling overwhelmed. Students stress during the school year has been reported at levels higher than those experienced by adults. Check out this month’s Power of Choice newsletter for tips on how to help your teen cope.


Parents of Middle School Students:

We are not alone…and that’s a good thing!

Studies show that a feeling of connection to family builds resilience. When we have connection to those who care about us, we find strength to face life’s challenges. What can we do to connect with our adolescents even when it seems like they don’t want to connect with us? This month’s newsletter provides some tips!


Our Family Story

Family history helps to create our story and connects us.  Understanding that history helps adolescents as they begin to understand who they are and how they fit into the world.  Use this PowerTalk activity to create your family’s story.



YA-MA Learning offering robotics classes in Naperville


YA-MA Learning Center

LEGO Robotics and Engineering (STEM)

Come and learn the basics of engineering and programming. The program uses STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) as the building blocks. Children learn to build, design and program robots in a fun and challenging way.

Kids will


  1. Build robots using Lego Bricks.
  2. Learn to program their models –programming concepts very similar to scratch software.
  3. Work with buddies learning the hows to work in teams.
  4. Explore important STEM concepts



  1. Programming for kids: Building robots using Legos and programming them to do tasks.
  2. Engineering for Kids: Kids will build working models such as seesaw, rolling vehicle, windmill, crane and many more models using Legos. By doing this in a fun way they will learn and discover basic physical science concepts such as pulleys, gears, levers, wheels and axles exploring energy, buoyancy and balance.
  3. Coding: Learn coding through storyboard technique. Software developed by MIT professionals.

Who can learn?

We offer classes for ages 4-13 years. We have 3 different age groups.

Group 1:          4 – 5 years old

Group 2:          6 – 8 years old
Group 3:          9 – 13 years old


Competitions: All the skills learnt will be useful in preparing the kids for competitions. And we also mentor the kids and form teams in order to participate in different competitions.

Classes on Saturdays from 2PM to 5PM; @LOCATION: Meher Montessori Academy, 1272 Bond Street, Suite 108, Naperville – 60563.


Classes on Sundays- 10AM- 11AM, 11AM-12 Noon; Classes on Mondays- 5:30 PM-6: 30 PM, 6:30-7:30 PM @ Location 2515 Whitehall Lane, Naperville

All courses run once a week (4 classes/month) and will be $60/month.

Contact Prasuna Reddy 331-229-7477 Suchitra Sharma @ 630-815-2162  or email: [email protected]