Moses Delane, 2017 Teen Institute Graduate
"From Teen Institute, I learned that to support my friends and classmates in making good decisions, my role is to listen. I learned not to judge people and to check my own biases before I respond to people so that I can be open. I ask questions, try to understand their perspective, and help them to see that there are healthier options and that they can make better decisions. I’d like more students to participate in Teen Institute and learn to be nonjudgmental and see what ripple effect that could have on our school."
THIS IS A STORY ABOUT HOW WE REDUCE SUBSTANCE ABUSE
Teen Institute gives high schoolers the skills and confidence they need to promote wellness and a substance free lifestyle amongst their peers. With encouragement and education, teens can lead by example, positively influence other students’ behavior and encourage healthy decisions when it comes to drinking and drug use. Local research revealed that of Franklin County teens, 44% say they feel like they do not matter to other people; and 22% report being bullied, 31% drank alcohol and 20% drove with a drinking driver within the past 30 days.
- Teens feel empowered and supported.
- Teens feel comfortable talking with a trusted adult about a friend’s use of drugs or alcohol and mental health issues.
- Teens understand that drugs and alcohol interfere with their developing brain.
- Teens feel they can refer friends to community supports inside and outside of school.
HOW WE’RE INVOLVED
United Way provides funding and staff leadership to Franklin County Teen Institute, a program of Franklin County Caring Communities.
LEARN MORE: Download the 2017 CASE FOR IMPACT