Spreading awareness on the major issues that are negatively impacting Springfield’s youth.
Many young people engage in high-risk sexual behaviors that can negatively effect their health. Unprotected sex can put youth at risk for contracting HIV/AIDS and other STDs, as well as resulting in unintended pregnancy.
There is a decreased perception that drug and alcohol use is dangerous among youth and high school age students. Substance abuse can impair judgement, lead to problems at school, cause strained relationships and health-related issues.
Education is important no matter what. Have a positive attitude towards learning, whether it is at school, a job or reading this prevention information. Being educated is important to succeeding in all aspects of life.
In order to “fit in” with a group, many individuals will change their attitudes, behaviors and compromise their values to gain acceptance. You don’t need to change who you are to get people to like you. Do not be afraid to embrace who you are. Stand up for yourself and what you believe in.
BULLYING & TEEN SUICIDE
Bullying is a major problem in Springfield’s schools. It can include physical, verbal or cyberbullying. In many cases, this harassment has led to low self-esteem, violence, depression and teen suicide. Remember to always treat others the way you want to be treated.
Surround yourself with a group of people who like you for who you are. Healthy relationships help prevent individuals from compromising themselves by engaging in risky behavior.