MAKING A DIFFERENCE FOR YOUTH
The problems of today’s youth are vast and complicated. From their inner selves to family and outside influences, young people face more challenges than ever before. They face confusion and uncertainty and need to be able to communicate their thoughts and concerns. The consequences when youth don’t get the help they need can be tragic. Parents and families often give up when they don’t know what to do or where to go.
WHAT TO DO OR WHERE TO GO?
2-1-1 is the number that youth can call to share experiences and get support when they don’t feel there is anyone else they can go to. 2-1-1 is the number that families and caregivers can call to get information to help get our youth through difficult times. 2-1-1 Broward provides a safe, confidential single source of support and information to youth, their parents and 2-1-1 Teen Hotline is a 24 hour, 7 day a week, free and anonymous telephone helpline for teens that need help or information. Specially trained 2-1-1 counselors listen to their feelings and concerns and help them make positive choices that will support their growth and success.
Teenspace211 Connextions is a series of 80 informational pre-recorded audio messages intended for use by teenagers that focus on issues that confront teens today. Connextions gives youth the opportunity to hear information on these sensitive issues that they might otherwise be afraid to discuss with an adult or another teen. Regardless of their individual circumstances, most of our teens will likely face an issue or concern during these challenging years. Some of the issues covered by Teenspace211 Connextions:
- teen pregnancy
- eating disorders
- cyber bullying
- mental health issues
- family issues
- prescription/illegal drug abuse
- youth violence
- self esteem
- peer pressure
TeenSpace 2-1-1 is a fun, engaging, interactive website designed to serve as a way for teens, family members and professionals serving our youth and their families to communicate with 2-1-1 and each other through the use of today’s technology/networking tools. It provides:
- an alternative to the Helpline
- a way for 2-1-1 to communicate out to teens
- information on teen related issues
- a calendar of teen related community events
- anonymous bulletin boards for teens, parents and professionals
- online feedback, information and resources
- links to social networking sites to post questions or concerns
Do You Love Your Child Unconditionally?
Most Parents Do. Some Parents Just DON’T KNOW HOW.
Don’t allow your child to become a statistic. Studies show that children of parents who reject or refuse to address sexual identity issues are more likely to have poor academic performance, use drugs, suffer from depression or even attempt suicide.
Learn how to have conversations with your child about sexual identity, talk to other parents, or even find a support group.
Raising a child is not always easy. Knowing there are resources available such as SunServe and the Broward County School District’s Department of Diversity to help parents talk to their children about sexual identity issues can be crucial to their survival in a harsh world.