Ten for Teens Campaign

This holiday season, we know it’s become increasingly difficult for people to donate to the causes they support. But with every family’s economic struggle, we also find that teens are having an even harder time communicating about the pressures and issues that come up day after day. That’s why we’ve launched the “Ten for Teens” campaign. For just a $10 donation, you can make a huge difference in the life of a teen who needs support, resources and to be heard.

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The SCV Youth Project is an innovative and community-based venture that teaches youth to successfully deal with the concerns they face daily and to avoid high risk behavior such as drug use, violence, dropping out of school and running away. Our aim is to intervene early and often, offering effective prevention to all local students grades, 7 – 12 and their parents.

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Some of the services SCV Youth Project provides:

Peer Mentoring One-to-one, confidential support, as it relates to ANY issue (anger, grief, depression, school, family, etc).  Mentors meet with students on campus, as often as they request.

Crisis Intervention Peer Mentors are available to respond to crisis calls, within a reasonable time frame, no matter what the issue.

Classroom Presentations These presentations provide information that help students on all levels, from communication, to life skills, to college prep to goal setting.  We can tailor presentations, to fit the needs of each campus.

Lunchtime Madness An informal pizza and game party, to help kids become more social on their campus.

Teen 411 Outreach campaign, in alignment with National Awareness Campaigns to educate students about obesity, anti-smoking, suicide prevention, child abuse/neglect prevention, etc.

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Support Groups, including but not limited to:

Teenage Grief Group Designed to equip students who have faced the loss of a loved one in their life, whether family or friend, with the skills to deal with their grief, and with a safe place to talk about their loss.

Life Skills Group The goal of this group is to prepare students for the transition to living independently, and covers such topics as moving from the family home, finances, college and career goals, time management and car ownership.

Male Issues Group This group deals specifically with the challenges that young men face today, including: peer pressure, dealing with emotions, respect, handling anger, family relationships, decision making, violence and drugs and alcohol education.

Conflict Resolution Group The goal of this group is to give students the skills they need to effectively and positively deal with conflict in their lives.  Anger management, communication, listening and respect are key topics.

Families in Transition Our Families in Transitions Group is very effective in helping students learn to live peacefully within their own family.  This group focuses on issues surrounding a change in the family environment, (divorce, blended families, etc.). Teens will be given a chance to talk about family dynamics, roles in the home, healthy communication and how to cope with change and loss. It is currently offered as a bilingual group.

Family Issues The focus of the Family Issues Group is similar to that of that of the Families in Transition, but is not specific to families that are in transition, but applies to all families. Discussion topics will include: how to live peacefully within your family, how to communicate effectively with your family, respect, setting family specific goals, and how to cope with family rules while developing a sense of independence.

Teen Issues Anything goes in this group … co-ed group to discuss all issues that a teen may be facing, from relationships to bullying, drugs/alcohol abuse, sex, grades, family ….

Girls Issues Group This group is designed to guide and support young women through education and mentoring in order to empower them to make healthy lifestyle choices.  Topics include relationships, body image, goal setting, decision making, respect, anger management and drugs and alcohol education.

Pregnant Teens Group for pregnant or parenting teens and their partners.  The groups focus is to ensure students have the resources they need, gain support from others in their same situation, help with emotional stress around pregnancy or parenting, and a focus on keeping students in school and educated.

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Parenting education & support It is our goal to expand our program to include parent education; our staff will provide parenting education and support services to parents.  Topics include: communicating with your teen, drug & alcohol use, gang affiliation, how to help your child succeed in school and other relevant issues.

Employment Assistance Do you need help finding a job? We can help you fill out job applications, write a resume, learn interview skills and provide you with tips to get that job you’re looking for.

Educational Assistance Our staff is available to help students and families navigate through the school system, fill out college applications and assist with tutoring on a case by case basis, if staffing permits.

Family Mediation Sometimes sitting down and working out problems as a family can be difficult. Our staff is available to help families find solutions to their current circumstances and begin to understand each other’s point of view.

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How Much Energy is Really in Energy Drinks?

How much caffeine is in the energy drinks that adults and teens consume? The Journal of School Nursing is calling energy drink consumption by adolescents the new “health hazard”.   Caffeine drink levels can range anywhere between 50mg and 500mg or more per can, which is a lot higher than a can of soda.

Teens Health recommends teens limit caffeine to less than 100mg daily to avoid caffeine dependence, caffeine withdrawal and sensitivity.

Report from The Journal of School Nursing states:

A new hazard for adolescents is the negative health effects of energy drink consumption. Adolescents are consuming these types of drinks at an alarming amount and rate. Specific effects that have been reported by adolescents include jitteriness, nervousness, dizziness, the inability to focus, difficulty concentrating, gastrointestinal upset, and insomnia. Health care providers report that they have seen the following effects from the consumption of energy drinks: dehydration, accelerated heart rates, anxiety, seizures, acute mania, and strokes. This article is a comprehensive literature review on the health effects of energy drinks. Findings from this article indicate the need for educational intervention to inform adolescents of the consequences of consuming these popular drinks. School nurses are in a unique position to teach adolescents about the side effects and possible health issues that can occur when energy drinks are consumed.

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The chart below can be used to find popular substances that contain caffeine to compare and calculate how much caffeine you or your teens may be consuming:

Drink/Food/Supplement Amt. of Drink/Food Amt. of Caffeine
SoBe No Fear 8 ounces 83 mg
Monster energy drink 16 ounces 160 mg
Rockstar energy drink 8 ounces 80 mg
Red Bull energy drink 8.3 ounces 80 mg
Jolt cola 12 ounces 72 mg
Mountain Dew 12 ounces 55 mg
Coca-Cola 12 ounces 54 mg
Diet Coke 12 ounces 45 mg
Pepsi 12 ounces 38 mg
7-Up 12 ounces 0 mg
Brewed coffee (drip method) 5 ounces 115 mg*
Iced tea 12 ounces 70 mg*
Cocoa beverage 5 ounces 4 mg*
Chocolate milk beverage 8 ounces 5 mg*
Dark chocolate 1 ounce 20 mg*
Milk chocolate 1 ounce 6 mg*
Jolt gum 1 stick 33 mg
Cold relief medication 1 tablet 30 mg*
Vivarin 1 tablet 200 mg
Excedrin extra strength 2 tablets 130 mg
*denotes average amount of caffeine
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Health Hotlines/Resources

If you need more information ….

Diet and Nutrition

Eating Disorders

Family Health Care

Local Hospitals

Resources

Sleep

STDs

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Eating Disorders

What is an eating disorder?

An eating disorder is an obsession with food and weight that harms a person’s well-being. Although we all worry about our weight sometimes, people who have an eating disorder go to extremes to keep from gaining weight. There are 2 main eating disorders: anorexia nervosa and bulimia.

What are the differences between anorexia and bulimia?

Anorexia:  People who have anorexia are obsessed with being thin. They don’t want to eat, and they are afraid of gaining weight. They may constantly worry about how many calories they take in or how much fat is in their food. They may take diet pills, laxatives or water pills to lose weight. They may exercise too much. People who have anorexia usually think they’re fat even though they’re very thin. They may get so thin that they look like they’re sick.

Bulimia: Bulimia is eating a lot of food at once (called bingeing), and then throwing up or using laxatives to remove the food from the body (called purging). After a binge, some bulimics fast (don’t eat) or overexercise to keep from gaining weight. People who have bulimia may also use water pills, laxatives or diet pills to “control” their weight. People who have bulimia often try to hide their bingeing and purging. They may hide food for binges. People who have bulimia are usually close to normal weight, but their weight may go up and down.

What are some warning signs:

The following are possible warning signs of anorexia and bulimia:

  • Unnatural concern about body weight (even if the person is not overweight)
  • Obsession with calories, fat grams and food
  • Use of any medicines to keep from gaining weight (diet pills, laxatives, water pills)

More serious warning signs may be harder to notice because people who have an eating disorder try to keep it secret. Watch for these signs:

  • Throwing up after meals
  • Refusing to eat or lying about how much was eaten
  • Fainting
  • Overexercising
  • Not having periods
  • Increased anxiety about weight
  • Calluses or scars on the knuckle (from forced throwing up)
  • Denying that there is anything wrong

Can eating disorders be treated?

Yes. For people who have anorexia, the first step is getting back to a normal weight. If you’re malnourished or very thin, you may be put in the hospital. Your doctor will probably want you to see a dietitian to learn how to pick healthy foods and eat at regular times. For both people who have anorexia and bulimia, family and individual counseling (talking about your feelings about your weight and problems in your life) is helpful.

Statistics on Eating Disorders:

  • During the last 30 days, 6.3% of students nationwide had taken diet pills, powders, or liquids without a doctor’s advice to lose weight or to keep from gaining weight.
    2005 CDC Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance
  • Nationwide, 4.5% of students had vomited or taken laxatives to lose weight or to keep from gaining weight during the last 30 days. Overall the prevalence of having vomited or taken laxatives to lose weight or to keep from gaining weight was higher among female (6.2%) than male (2.8%) students.
    2005 CDC Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance
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