THY at May River High School Educate Peers During Prom Promise
Students at May River High School attended Prom Promise, an event in which teens are educated and advised on the dangers and risks of drunk, drugged, and distracted driving. Multiple May River High School Teens for Healthy Youth members facilitated a walking course in which students volunteered to wear drunk goggles to simulate being under the influence of alcohol. As students completed the walking course, they received Lutzie 43 lanyards and the Teens for Healthy Youth Facts Cards of Impaired and Distracted Driving. Over 75 students attending prom participated in the drunk-goggle walking course and received the Lutzie lanyards and the THY Impaired and Distracted Driving Fact Card. Prom Promise is an activity in LCAHY’s 12 Month Action Plan implemented to prevent and reduce youth access to alcohol, especially during high-risk teen celebrations such as prom. MRHS THY plans to assist in Prom Promise annually.
March 21-27th, 2022
THY May River High Participate in National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week
May River High School Teens for Healthy Youth (THY) participated in peer-to-peer education during National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week. THY May River educated their peers through their student news program, the Daily Fin. They also placed posters around the school building about the effects of drugs and alcohol on the teen body and brain. In addition, they shared facts via THY’s “Your Mind Matters” bulletin board in Student Services at May River High. The Daily Fin video clip, posters, and drug/alcohol facts on the Your Mind Matters Bulletin Board reached more than 1,000 students. May River High Teens for Healthy Youth plan to participate annually in National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week to promote positive teen health, peer to peer education, positive youth development, and advocacy. To view THY in the Daily Fin News go to https://drive.google.com/drive/u/0/search?q=Kinnie.
January 6, 2022
Hilton Head Christian Academy (HHCA) Teens for Healthy Youth promoted a safe driving workshop that discouraged drunk, drugged, or distracted driving. The workshop consisted of a drunk and distracted driving simulator where each student got the opportunity to drive the simulated car. It moved as though an individual was under the influence or driving distracted. Students at HHCA also got to wear special goggles which impaired their eyesight as though under the influence of alcohol. Students attempted to walk in a straight line but many students were unsuccessful in this endeavor which opened numerous doors for discussion among the HHCA student body. THY hopes this concrete simulation will encourage youth to make good choices while driving and reject underage drinking. All THY members of Christian Academy were in attendance, as well as the rest of the Upper School students (grades 9-12).
In celebration of National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week, Teens for Healthy Youth (THY) of Bluffton High School educated 8th graders at McCracken Middle School in the Prevention Plus Wellness (PPW) Program. The PPW program promotes overall wellness and encourages teens to make positive life choices, such as eating breakfast, exercising daily, getting at least 8 hours of sleep, and avoiding substance use. The final task of the program is for each child to set a personal goal for themselves to adopt healthy habits or protective factors that will make them less susceptible to drug and alcohol use. The middle schoolers took a pre and post-test to measure the effectiveness of the PPW program. At the end of the period, THY engaged the middle schoolers in NIDA’s National Drug Facts Trivia IQ Challenge. THY members also distributed their informational brochure, THY Stress Fact Card, and Effects of Drug Use Card to 425 eighth grade students in fourteen classrooms. THY members are aware that rising ninth graders are at risk for trying substances and emphasized that most high school kids do drugs or consume alcohol and choose to live a healthy lifestyle. THY members plan to go back to McCracken during May Mental Health Awareness Month to educate the youth and promote positive teen health. Lastly, Bluffton High School Media Technology students, Bluffton School Resource Officer, and THY students developed a video to educate Bluffton High’s students during National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week. To view the video go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pwMztW7TEKA or https://drive.google.com/file/d/1EQMC7tHGg4J2kBjUf3k56HcysTDAdSwq/view?usp=sharing .
May 17, 2022
Hilton Head Island High School Teens for Healthy Youth Address Stress During Exam Week
Teens for Healthy Youth (THY) at Hilton Head Island High School addressed teen and teacher stress during final exams week. THY members are aware that the end of the school year and final exam time can create additional stressors for teens and their teachers. To help their peers and teachers address stress in positive ways they gave each student and teacher a stress ball and encouraged them to follow THY’s Instagram messaging for tips on reducing stress. Over 1,000 stress balls were distributed at Hilton Head Island High School. THY plans to address stress annually during May Mental Health and Substance Abuse Awareness month because stress can lead individuals to unhealthy coping mechanisms like drug or alcohol use. Teens for Healthy Youth is an initiative of the LowCountry Alliance for Healthy Youth. To learn more about Teens for Healthy Youth and the LowCountry Alliance for Healthy Youth visit the LCAHY Website.
May 10th, 2022
Teens for Healthy Youth Accept May National Mental Health and Substance Use Awareness Proclamation At Bluffton Town Council Meeting
Teens for Healthy Youth members accepted the May National Mental Health and Substance Use Awareness Month Proclamation issued by Mayor Sulka during the Bluffton Town Council Meeting. The Proclamation proclaims the month of May to be Mental Health and Substance Abuse Awareness Month in the Town of Bluffton, South Carolina. SAMSHA’s National Prevention Month (NPW) is a national public education platform bringing together communities and organizations to raise awareness about the importance of substance use prevention and positive mental health. This year’s theme focused on strengthening the community, building resilience, and creating hope. Annually, Teens for Healthy Youth, the youth coalition of the LowCountry Alliance for Healthy Youth, attends the May Town Council Meeting to accept the Proclamation issued by the Mayor.
Teens for Healthy Youth Members Alyssa Rose Bluffton High, Kylie Nelson May River High, and Jillian Campanella Hilton Head Christian Academy accept the proclamation issued by Mayor Sulka.