December is Adolescent Appreciation Month
Sadly, it is common to associate specific negative stereotypes with the adolescent years (constantly challenging authority, taking risks, listening to loud offensive music.) And while many teenagers do navigate the adolescent years wanting more freedom, the reality is that if we as a community continue to focus on the challenges that these years can bring - we miss so many of the wonderful things about teens.
Teen Health Connection is celebrating adolescents this December. We are recognizing them for their enthusiasm and energy, for their willingness to think optimistically and their determination toward taking on more adult responsibilities.
The team at Teen Health Connection is thankful for adolescents. We appreciate the commitment to improving adolescent health by our Teen Advisory Board volunteers. We appreciate the dedication of our GEMS participants to continue to develop strong self esteem. We appreciate the willingness of our adolescent Youth Drug Free Coalition members to preventing underage drinking and prescription drug misuse. We appreciate the sincerity of our patients as they strive to make healthy and safe decisions. We appreciate the talent of the students that partner with us on our community outreach and health initiatives.