May 25, 2022
The Lowcountry Alliance for Healthy Youth (LCAHY) recently recognized Teens for Healthy Youth members and announced the Outstanding Teens for Healthy Youth Senior during the organization’s annual Teens for Healthy Youth recognition event. This honor is given to a high school senior who is a member of LCAHY’s Teens for Healthy Youth (THY) club located in six high schools in Bluffton and on Hilton Head Island. The mission of THY is to promote positive teen health through leadership, positive youth development, peer to peer education, advocacy, and community service. This award is given to an individual who demonstrated exemplary service and dedication to the mission of THY.
This year’s honor went to May River High School senior Kylie Nelson. Kylie, an advocate of positive teen health, has been actively involved in LCAHY and Teens for Healthy Youth for the past four years. She helped launch the THY group at May River High School in the fall of 2018 and has held the position of president for this group since its inception. She also served on the LCAHY Community Board as the Youth representative for the Drug-Free Communities Support Program Grant from 2019-2022 and LCAHY’s Youth intern through this past school year.
Over the last four years, Kylie created various initiatives, which included public service announcements, video messaging, and informational resources addressing youth substance use, adolescent brain health, stress, and the promotion of health and wellness. As a role model within her school and the community, Kylie demonstrated ways youth can be involved in influencing social norms and public health issues impacting youth.
Kylie Nelson is attending the University of South Carolina this fall and will major in Exercise Science with a minor in Public Health.
Kylie Nelson expresses gratitude for involvement in the coalition and encourages her peers to stay dedicated to THY.
LCAHY’s Chair commends Kylie Nelson for all of her dedication to promoting positive teen health throughout her high school career.
Kylie Nelson with Mariah Kinney, Teens for Healthy Youth Advisor May River High School 2021-2022.