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JSY Topics: Overcoming Adversity How does adversity affect the lives of young people? The definition of adversity is, “A state or instance of serious or continued difficulty or misfortune.” When it comes to adversity relative to today’s youth, support systems and resources need to be established in order to help them not only overcome, but change the trajectory...

JSY Topics: Drug and Alcohol Prevention Teen Substance Use and Risks With the stresses of peer pressure, physical changes and self-discovery, teens today are particularly at risk for abusing drugs, alcohol and other substances. As defined by Youth.gov, a U.S. government website that helps citizens create, maintain and strengthen effective youth programs, substance abuse is the harmful pattern...

JSY Topics: Dropout Prevention What are the dropout rates of U.S. high school students? As defined by the National Center for Education Statistics, the dropout rate represents the percentage of 16-24 year olds who are not enrolled in school and have not earned a high school credential (a diploma or an equivalency credential such as a GED...

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...

Teen Dating Violence What is teen dating violence and how can we help prevent it? Healthy relationships are defined as people creating positive connections based on mutual respect, trust and honesty. Unfortunately, in today’s teen culture, teen dating violence has become a serious issue among our youth. As parents, family members, friends, community members and organizations, we...

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...

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,...