The people in a teen’s inner circle are often the best resource when a young person is struggling. Knowing how to reach out is a crucial first step. Hannah Lucas is a 15-year-old making a major impact with an app that allows users to ask for help with the touch of a button. Co-created with her 13-year-old brother, Charlie, the notOK app automatically sends a GPS location to up to five pre-selected contacts along with a text message that reads: Hey, I’m not OK. Please call me, text me, or come find me.
With the recent bans on sodas and other sugary drinks in schools, more teens are now reaching for what might look like a better alternative – sports drinks.
YAA offers creative workshops in a myriad of artistic disciplines including creative writing, theater, movement, visual art, music, animation, fiber, mosaic, Shakespeare, printmaking, video game development, horticulture and expressive arts. These workshops are facilitated by local artists who are hired and trained by YAA in trauma-informed arts practices.
The new Netflix series, 13 Reasons Why, based on a novel about teen suicide, has raised awareness of teen mental health to the level of national discussion. Everyday pressures and mental health concerns are a challenge for teens; but how can parents and adults help? The locally developed TRAILS Program (Transforming Research into Action to Improve