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JSY Topics: Character Development and Leadership Youth Leadership and Character Programming In order for a student to resist the pressures and negative influences in their lives, they need to have a strong internal compass. That compass is their character. Risk avoidance depends on that internal moral guide that leads them to make decisions that will positively...

JSY Topics: Sexual Risk Avoidance What is Sexual Risk Avoidance Education? By definition, Sexual Risk Avoidance (SRA) education is a science-based approach on the public health model of primary prevention to empower youth to avoid all the risks of sexual activity. SRA programs focus on the whole child by sharing the importance of healthy decision-making to future...

Teenage Pregnancy Prevention Programs in Schools Breaking the Cycle of Teen Pregnancy Today, teenage pregnancy prevention programs in schools have become one of our most requested topics. According to recent research published on the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services website, the national teen pregnancy rate (number of pregnancies per 1,000 females ages 15-19) has...

JSY Topics: At Risk Youth What does at risk youth mean? By definition, an “at-risk youth” is a child who is less likely to transition successfully into adulthood. Success can include academic success and job readiness, as well as the ability to be financially independent. It also can refer to the ability to become a positive...

2019 SNC Leadership Conference Recap Last month, 21 Just Say YES student mentors from the Peer-to-Peer Mentoring program (along with three JSY staff members) attended the 22nd Annual FRIENDS FIRST STARS National Conference held at The University of Colorado – Colorado Springs. The action-packed, four-day event empowered teens to become leaders, taught them how to build...