Today’s teens face mounting pressures like no other generation— social media overuse, mental health challenges like anxiety, depression, and suicide ideation, substance abuse, sexual activity, pregnancy, and STD’s, obesity, peer pressure, smoking and vaping, bullying or being bullied, boredom, bulimia, anorexia, and nutritional issues, and academic challenges. State and county Youth Risk survey statistics are alarming: 14% carry a weapon, 18% vape or smoke, 35% text or email while driving, only 57% used a condom during last sexual intercourse, 14% have seriously considered suicide.
The Monroe County Health Department and Womankind are partnering to put a new twist on the traditional health fair, aiming to not only support teens with information on the risk behaviors typically found among high school students, but also advocating for and providing wellness opportunities and resources from the local communities in which they live.
Marathon Middle High School: Monday, March 2, 2020
Coral Shores High School: Tuesday, March 3, 2020
Key West High School: Friday, March 6, 2020
The fairs will provide students with opportunities to explore topics they might otherwise feel too nervous or “cool” to ask about and to discover the many resources available that can help support them on their adolescent journey. Some will be health-related while others will be about what’s both fun and safe: places to go on a Friday night, entertaining but healthy ways to spend a Saturday afternoon, discounted activities they can enjoy with their peers, and volunteer opportunities they may not know about.
Mission: To help Florida Keys teens recognize healthy and unhealthy choices, know what resources are available, and make it easy for them to reach out for help when they need it.
You have the power to make a positive impact for nearly three thousand teens
in our county. Interested in participating?
To register for campus access: https://apps.raptortech.com/Apply/Mzc0ODplbi1VUw==