May River High School Promotes May Mental Health Awareness Month

May 19th, 2022

Teens for Healthy Youth (THY) May River High School promoted May Mental Health Awareness Month to their peers at May River High.  THY May River High distributed their own Green Ribbon Mental Health Awareness Wristbands to over 1,000 students and teachers during final exam weeks.  Joy Nelson, Teens for Healthy Youth co-advisor, also brought in Justice, a comfort dog, to help students destress before their final exams.  THY is aware that stress is a risk factor for substance use and that final exam week poses additional stress for teens. THY encouraged their peers to address stress in positive ways.  Teens for Healthy Youth’s mission is to promote positive teen health throughout the year. Teens for Healthy Youth is an initiative of the Lowcountry Alliance for Healthy Youth (LCAHY). For more information about THY or LCAHY please visit https://www.lcahealthyyouth.com/.

Bluffton & May River Teens for Healthy Youth Educate Community During Safety Spooktacular Event

Bluffton & May River Teens for Healthy Youth Educate Community During Safety Spooktacular Event

 

Bluffton and May River High Teens for Healthy Youth (THY) educated the community on medicine safety during Bluffton Police Department’s Safety Spooktacular community event. THY provided community members THY’s Medicine Safety Checklist and LCAHY’s Rx Drop Box Location Fact Cards. In addition, THY members distributed LCAHY and THY informational brochures and resources to parents, grandparents, and caretakers. THY also educated the community at Bluffton High School’s Trunk- or-Treat Event Halloween Weekend. THY members distributed over 200 fact cards to educate the community on medicine safety and proper medicine disposal to prevent and reduce misuse of medicine by our youth. THY plans to educate the community annually during National Medicine Abuse Safety Awareness Month.

 

Teens for Healthy Youth Members Bluffton and May River High educate about Medicine Safety at Safety Spooktacular Event and provide THY and LCAHY resources to parents, grandparents, and caretakers. 

Teens for Healthy Youth Members Bluffton and May River High educate about Medicine Safety at Safety Spooktacular Event and provide THY and LCAHY resources to parents, grandparents, and caretakers. 

THY members pass out candy to kids at the Safety Spooktacular Event.

THY May River High Educate Peers about Teen Dating Violence & Promote Random Acts of Kindness Week Via Student News

2/14/2022

 

THY May River High Educate Peers about Teen Dating Violence & Promote Random Acts of Kindness Week Via Student News

 

Teens for Healthy Youth (THY) at May River High School educated their peers about Teen Dating Violence and promoted Random Acts of Kindness Week through May River Shark Student News during February.  THY members made their peers and teachers aware that many teens are affected by teen dating violence (TDV) and informed peers that drugs or alcohol use can make the situation even worse. They also provided a help hotline number for their peers to call if affected by TDV. In addition, THY used the student news as an opportunity to make their school aware of Random Acts of Kindness Week and provided teens with examples of kind acts they could engage to promote kindness.  THY plans to promote National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week through the student news, too.  MRHS student news reaches approximately 1,600 students and around 200 faculty/staff members. THY is dedicated to promoting total wellness through peer-to-peer education. THY MRHS videos can be viewed at TDV Video and

RKW video.

THY Bluffton Present to Student Athletes and Their Parents During Spring Athletic Meeting

2/15/2022

 

THY Bluffton Present to Student Athletes and Their Parents During Spring Athletic Meeting

 

Teens for Healthy Youth (THY) members at Bluffton High School and LCAHY Board member, Cheryl Rodriguez, presented to student athletes and their parents during the spring athletic meeting.  Cheryl Rodriguez was instrumental in bringing THY into the athletic program to address youth substance use.  Alyssa Rose, THY members and softball team captain, encouraged her peers to take care of their health by getting enough sleep, eating right, and avoiding substance use. THY member and class president, Talia Vaught, presented the Effects of Drugs on Athletic Performance and Health Fact Card, and directed all to read the card to learn more about what each drug does to hinder athletic performance. Kylie Nelson, Youth CIA and President of THY at May River High, developed the Effects of Drugs on Athletic Performance and Health Fact Card for Teens for Healthy Youth to share with fellow student athletes. THY member and Varsity Track Player, Peyton Decker, guided teens to look at the Teen Stress Fact Card and encouraged his peers to try healthy stress coping strategies. Reese Marcotte, Bluffton High THY member and Varsity soccer player, shared the legal risks of using drugs and prompted students to read “Know the Rules Before You Play the Game.” German Martinez shared THY Instagram and made all aware that could follow it to get information and tips on teen health. Amera Mitchell addressed the importance of talking about teen health issues and having conversations with youth about their mental health. In addition, Cheryl Rodriguez, a parent of a student athlete and THY member, promoted LCAHY’s website and encouraged parents to check out its resources on substance abuse prevention and other teen health issues to help keep their kids healthy, safe, and happy.  Mrs. Rodriguez highlighted SAMSHA’s “Talk. They Hear You.” Campaign which LACHY has promoted for a number of years. During the event, THY members distributed over 200 packets to students, parents, and coaches. One of the goals of LCAHY’s 12 Month Action Plan is to drive community level change through the twelve sectors, including the schools. THY and LCAHY plan to be part of athletic presentations in other area high schools this spring and next fall.

 

Amera Mitchell and Talia Vaught passing out packets of information to student athletes during Spring 2022 Bluffton High Athletic presentation.

German Martinez prompted the audience to follow THY Instagram for Wellness tips and more.

Amera Mitchel addresses her peers and encourages all to have conversations about teen health.

Teens for Healthy Youth Launch Instagram During Mental Wellness Month 

January 24th, 2022

 

Teens for Healthy Youth Launch Instagram During Mental Wellness Month 

Teens for Health Youth (THY) launched their own Instagram account during January Mental Wellness Month. THY Advisors at Bluffton High and Hilton Head Christian Academy educated their THY members about teen mental wellness and shared ways teens could promote mental wellness using resources on LCAHY E-News click here. THY members then created their own Instagram postings to educate their peers on mental wellness. They hope the postings will inspire their peers to promote their mental wellness. The youth coalition plans to post daily around a focused monthly theme. In February, THY will focus on Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month and Random Acts of Kindness Day, and in March the main focus will be National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week.  THY’s postings will additionally be shared within their respective schools via the school’s website and social media platforms. To follow THY’s Instagram go to teensforthealthyyouth1 or click here.

LCAHY Presents During Beaufort County School District’s Virtual Parent Connection Program

December 16, 2021

 

LCAHY Presents During Beaufort County School District’s Virtual Parent Connection Program

Low Country Alliance for Healthy Youth (LCAHY) presented “What Parents Need to Know About Substance Abuse Trends’” during Beaufort County School District’s (BCSD) Virtual Parent Connection Program.  Dr. Loretta Novince, a developmental/educational psychologist and Drug Free Communities Grant (DFC)/ LCAHY’s consultant, presented on the effects of substance use/abuse on the developing teen brain and risk factors.  She stressed that substance use/abuse is a pediatric public health issue. Dr. Novince also shared LCAHY’s Public Health Awareness Campaign “Be Part of the Solution”, which encourages the community to send clear messages that the use of alcohol and other drugs are unsafe, unhealthy, and illegal.  Laura Pirkey, LCAHY’s Project Director for the DFC grant and Youth Coalition Coordinator, focused on providing parents with prevention resources available via LCAHY’s website https://www.lcahealthyyouth.com/ . Online resources such as SAMHSA, NIDA, and HealthyChildren.org were highlighted. SAMHSA’s “Talk They Hear You Campaign”, which was launched by the coalition in 2014, was featured and is promoted by LCAHY. In addition, she provided an overview of LCAHY’s youth coalition, Teens for Healthy Youth, whose vision is to promote positive teen health.  Laura Pumajero, bilingual liaison for BCSD, converted their powerpoint presentations into Spanish and translated the presentations in a Zoom breakout room for Spanish speaking parents.  LCAHY plans to work with the BCSD to provide prevention information and resources to parents in English and Spanish.

LCAHY and THY Featured in Mondays with the Mayor

September 27th, 2021

 

LCAHY and THY Featured in Mondays with the Mayor

Wendy Cummings, Chair of the LowCountry Alliance for Healthy Youth, was interviewed by Bluffton’s Mayor, Lisa Sulka on a series entitled “Mondays with the Mayor”.  The interview featured the LowCountry Alliance for Healthy Youth with a focus on the successes of their youth coalition, Teens for Healthy Youth. Wendy Cummings highlighted THY’s success in promoting positive teen health by using peer-to-peer.  She also explained that THY started in one area school and has grown to include seven area high schools and includes a diverse group of students. In addition, Mayor Sulka mentioned her excitement that THY groups in Bluffton would be promoting Lutzie 43, a campaign that discouraged drunk, drugged, and distracted driving with the Town of Bluffton. To watch the episode visit https://youtu.be/lIXEpgzmEeo.

LCAHY Presents During Beaufort County School District’s Virtual Parent Connection Program

December 16, 2021

LCAHY Presents During Beaufort County School District’s Virtual Parent Connection Program

Low Country Alliance for Healthy Youth (LCAHY) presented “What Parents Need to Know About Substance Abuse Trends’” during Beaufort County School District’s (BCSD) Virtual Parent Connection Program.  Dr. Loretta Novince, a developmental/educational psychologist and Drug-Free Communities Grant (DFC)/ LCAHY’s consultant, presented the effects of substance use/abuse on the developing teen brain and risk factors.  She stressed that substance use/abuse is a pediatric public health issue. Dr. Novince also shared LCAHY’s Public Health Awareness Campaign “Be Part of the Solution”, which encourages the community to send clear messages that the use of alcohol and other drugs are unsafe, unhealthy, and illegal.  Laura Pirkey, LCAHY’s Project Director for the DFC grant and Youth Coalition Coordinator, focused on providing parents with prevention resources available via LCAHY’s website https://www.lcahealthyyouth.com/. Online resources such as SAMHSA, NIDA, and HealthyChildren.org were highlighted. SAMHSA’s “Talk They Hear You Campaign”, which was launched by the coalition in 2014, was featured and is promoted by LCAHY. In addition, she provided an overview of LCAHY’s youth coalition, Teens for Healthy Youth, whose vision is to promote positive teen health.  Laura Pumajero, bilingual liaison for BCSD, converted their PowerPoint presentations into Spanish and translated the presentations in a Zoom breakout room for Spanish-speaking parents.  LCAHY plans to work with the BCSD to provide prevention information and resources to parents in English and Spanish.