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Adolescence in Society

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Adolescence in Society Society assumes that teenagers are not responsible enough to coordinate activities to benefit a city. Most people say that most adolescence are irresponsible and not capable of taking on jobs that of an adult. Contradictory to this stereotype, is Brian Johnsrud, 17, a Big Sandy, MT High School senior. October 27th, 2001, marked the 11th annual Make a Difference Day, a national day of volunteering created by USA Weekend Magazine. It is held each year in Big Sandy, MT on the fourth Saturday in October. An adolescent coordinated this day for his hometown organizing an array of activities and getting over a 100 volunteers to sign up and help. ...read more.


It sounds like a big deal, but it's not a big deal at all." According to society today, he is considered to have an achieved status, which refers to a social position a person assumes voluntarily that reflects personal ability and effort. Using the Internet to research what activities to incorporate in the day was all he needed to do. He arranged daycare for the participant's children while they were volunteering. Some of those jobs he chose were: cleaning houses for elderly neighbors, yard work, and painting. They also painted the grade school playground equipment, the pastor's parsonage garage, and rooms at the local Montana Hotel. He even set up an assay contest for 7th through 12th graders on why they chose to stay drug free, or how drugs have affected their lives. ...read more.


This young man has surely achieved a master status, which is a status that has a special importance for social identity, often shaping a person's entire life. You might say that he has created a social construction of reality, the process by which people creatively shape reality through social interaction. From this day on, I'm sure that because of this experience, he will become a better person and others will look up to him as a role model. Who said teenagers couldn't make a difference? There are many theories and stereotypes of today's adolescence, but obviously Brian Johnsrud of MT exceeds them all. Great Falls Tribune, October 27th, pg. 1A article "Teen gets Big Sandy organized" Sociology by John J. Macionis, 8th edition, Chapter 6 pgs. 141, 145 ...read more.

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