Author: Kara DuBois

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Send a Student to SNC! Provide students an invaluable leadership experience they’ll never forget. Through the Just Say YES Peer-to-Peer Mentoring program, students have the opportunity to attend the FRIENDS FIRST 22nd Annual STARS National Conference, an action-packed 4-day experience that motivates and equips teens to become strong leaders in their communities. Teens also get to experience...

What is Social Emotional Learning What is Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and why schools are adopting the philosophy Mr. John Engel, principal of Southwest High School in Fort Worth ISD, and one of our most trusted partners in Tarrant County, said it best: “At an urban high school, there’s a lot happening. There’s so much pressure on...

JSY Peer-to-Peer Mentoring Graduation This month, we proudly recognized over 100 students from six Dallas Fort Worth area high schools who completed the 2018-2019 Just Say YES Peer-to-Peer Mentoring program! Participating students celebrated their hard work over the last 26 weeks; investing 130+ hours in making positive live changes. This year's participating Dallas Fort Worth area high...

How social media affects teens Teens and Tech: Social Media Today In today’s youth culture, it seems as if teens are permanently glued to their cell phones; constantly receiving beeping, buzzing and blinking alerts and/or social media notifications. According to a Time Magazine article titled, “Teen Depression and Anxiety: Why the Kids Are Not Alright,” today’s teens are,...

Self-Esteem and Media Influences How does media affect body image negatively? Empower students to say YES to self-acceptance and no to unhealthy body image More than ever, teens today are saturated with a constant stream of media and societal pressures related to body image. The media and social media have created a world that makes teens believe their...

Just Say YES “Reached New Heights” with Record-Breaking 9th Annual Celebration The star-studded night included appearances by keynote speaker Coach Tony Dungy, event host and two-time Super Bowl Winning Champion Tony Casillas and Coach Avery Johnson whom presented the Youth Impact Award The Just Say YES 9th Annual Celebration held at The Stater in downtown Dallas was...

Social Bullying What is social bullying? As mentioned in our bullying prevention programs blog post, the social bullying definition is a form of emotionally aggressive bullying behavior, sometimes referred to as indirect aggression, relational aggression, or covert bullying. It is a form of bullying that can be more difficult to detect because it can occur behind the...

Fact or Opinion “Fact or opinion?” questions are typically easy to answer. “Fact or opinion, the sky is blue?” (Answer: Fact) “Fact or opinion, the ocean is deep?” (Answer: Opinion) “Fact or opinion, Texas is the greatest state in the nation?” (Answer: Depends on who you are talking to, but technically speaking, Opinion) When it comes to evaluating our self-worth; however, the questions...

Student Spotlight: Dre Dre is one of our awesome student mentors at Lakeview Centennial High School. He has participated in the Peer-to-Peer Mentoring program since his freshman year, and attributes much of his personal growth to what he has learned through Just Say YES. “The Just Say YES Mentoring Program has changed who I am,” Dre said,...

Verbal Bullying What is verbal bullying? Words are powerful. When it comes to bullying, sometimes verbal bullying can result in deeper wounds long-term than physical bullying. As mentioned in our bullying prevention programs blog post, verbal bullying is one of the four types of bullying. According to stopbullying.gov, The verbal bullying definition is the act of saying or...