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The Fentanyl Crisis

August 11, 2023

Fentanyl overdose numbers continue to rise sharply as the illicit drug floods communities. Often distributed as bright-colored pills (appearing like candy), they are marketed toward kids and teens. Here’s what you need to know.

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February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

At Just Say YES, we are constantly adapting to today’s youth culture, working closely with school counselors and administrators to address important topics that are taking place on their campus. When reflecting on the most requested topics in 2018 for our student assemblies, healthy relationships and dating violence were at the top of the list for high school and young adult audiences.

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What is teen dating violence

Teen dating violence is a serious issue. We define what it is, the warning signs, and how to seek help if you are in an abusive relationship.

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57th Annual Westapher Golf Tournament

Preston Center Rotary Club Raises The Bar “Fore!” A Cause The Preston Center Rotary Club hosted its 57th Annual Westapher Charity Golf Tournament on October 10, 2022, at the world-class Cowboys Golf Club in Grapevine, Texas. A reported 144 golfers enjoyed a round of golf

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Combating Isolation and Imparting Hope

Our world is changing daily in response to COVID-19. We find ourselves navigating through uncharted waters, trying to establish some sort of new norm. As humans, we are naturally social beings with a desire for community. Then how, living in quarantine for the health and safety of all, can we combat isolation and impart hope in our own lives and in others?

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Teenage Pregnancy Prevention Programs in Schools

Today, teenage pregnancy prevention programs in schools have become one of our most requested topics. According to recent research published on the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services website, the national teen pregnancy rate (number of pregnancies per 1,000 females ages 15-19) has declined almost continuously over the last quarter century. Some other interesting facts described on the website regarding adolescent childbearing:

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2019 SNC Leadership Conference Recap

Last month, 21 Just Say YES student mentors from the Peer-to-Peer Mentoring program (along with three JSY staff members) attended the 22nd Annual FRIENDS FIRST STARS National Conference held at The University of Colorado – Colorado Springs.

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Hot Topic: Cyberbullying

For some, the word bullying brings a mental picture of fighting on a playground or shoving matches in the hallway. Unfortunately, bullying can no longer be so narrowly defined. According to research, 59% of U.S. teens have been bullied or harassed online. In this NEW Motivational Moment video, YES Wellness Education Speaker Ramsey Pruitt helps to define what cyberbullying is, and discusses ways students can protect themselves and their mental health from negative and toxic comments received online.