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Red Ribbon Week Teens across the nation are constantly faced with negative pressures and risk behaviors such as the use of drugs, vaping, and consumption of alcohol. According to the Red Ribbon Week website, children of parents who talk to their teens regularly about drugs are 42 percent less likely to use drugs than those who don’t,...

What is teen vaping? According to the Child Mind Institute, vaping is the act of inhaling and exhaling the vapor produced by the heated nicotine liquid (or “juice”) of an electronic cigarette (e-cigarette or e-cig), vape pen, or personal vaporizer. It is also more commonly known as JUULing, which comes from JUUL, a popular vape...

Teen Suicide  All too often, we see nationwide headlines reporting of a student committing suicide due to depression, bullying and/or cyberbullying, or feeling so completely isolated from their family and peers, they thought they had no other choice but to end their life. End their life. The weight of these three words, and in relation to our...

What is teen depression?  According to the National Institute of Mental Health, depression, or major depressive disorder, is a medical illness that can interfere with the ability to handle daily activities such as eating, sleeping, or managing schoolwork. For teens, however, the negative effects of depression go beyond a dismal mood. It can destroy the essence...

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...