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Voices for Positive ChoicesThe partners in Voices for Positive Choices are focused on giving teens and parents the tools and support needed to make positive choices in their lives and reduce risky behaviors frequently exhibited when they are under significant stress.
Prevention and Awareness: Through education and peer exchange teens identify concrete steps for a safe road to adulthood.
Family Support: Parents and teens develop open communication channels and common language about stresses and triggers to unhealthy living.
Wraparound Programs for At-Risk Youth: Whether it is a teen leadership program or counseling for the entire family during a stressful time, these programs give extensive research-based support to reduce unhealthy activities such as substance abuse, violence, teen pregnancy, delinquency and school drop-out.
Amanda is a young teen who keeps getting into trouble. It doesn’t seem to matter what she is involved with, she is drawn to the risky activities - drugs, alcohol or anything else that keeps her mind off her life. Last year, she finally admitted needing help and started attending Risk Takers Anonymous (RTA) . One day, in at RTA she humorously admitted that a poster saved her over the weekend “I was going to do something. I knew it was going to be bad and I suddenly remembered that poster. It seems silly but it made me stop.”
The poster lists steps for youth to stop, think, evaluate whether a choice is good or bad, and then determine what the consequences will be. With the help of reviewing the steps at RTA and the visual reminder from the poster, Amanda happily reported that she decided the activity was not worth it and walked about from the risky situation.Names and photos were changed to maintain confidentiality. Story inspired by Green Chimney’s RTA program.
Our 2013-2014 Voices for Positive Choices Partners:
- Family Ties of Westchester
- Scarsdale Edgemont Family Counseling Service
- Student Assistance Services
- Green Chimneys Children's Services