Before the COVID-19 pandemic, mental health amongst youth was already declining between 2009-2019. Everything that has occurred since the 2020 pandemic, has only added to the struggles youth face.
August is Back to School month and everyone is working hard to get the youth in their lives ready for back to school. But what about the organizations that work hard to serve the youth in their communities? We have a Back to School Checklist ready for them!
Dating violence affects almost 10% of teenagers in the U.S. (Teen Dating Violence Awareness, 2020). Teen dating violence is a difficult, yet important topic. The best ways to help a teen are by recognizing the signs of abuse, knowing how to support the teens in your life, and promoting healthy relationships.
According to Health.gov, most children see adults using tobacco or alcohol by preschool (Talk to Your Kids, 2020). They also found that 9 out of 10 smokers began using cigarettes before they turned 18. It may seem too soon to talk to youth this, but it is important to teach youth how to stay safe at an early age.
Many groups, families, and individuals choose to volunteer at this time of year. The spread of COVID-19 has caused many of these plans to change. Here are a few ideas on how to give back while maintaining social distancing.
Icebreakers are great for welcoming new members and creating a positive, comfortable environment. Since most social interactions are virtual for now, go ahead and ease the socialization process of your group – use a virtual icebreaker.