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Above the Influence

Above The Influence

“…when you reach the moment where you have to ask yourself, who am I really? Press pause. Hit reset. And remember, you’re Above the Influence.” Of course! And please feel to let your youth participants know they can connect with, and join the national Above the Influence movement across a variety of social media (Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram and Twitter). We welcome them to join a discussion, start a new one, or simply let others know why they think it’s important to be #AboveTheInfluence.)

NIDA for Teens The Science Behind Drug Abuse

NIDA for Teens

NIDA for Teens is organized to offer students a range of educational experiences as they learn facts about drugs and neuroscience, and to support educators and parents as they facilitate student learning. Real Teens Ask About Drugs

Stop Bullying

Teen Bullying

“Bullying stops us from being who we want to be, and prevents us from expressing ourselves freely, and might even make us feel unsafe. If you are bullied, say something! If you are bullying, it’s not cool!”

Teens who are bullied are at risk for higher levels of substance abuse.  Learn how you can break the silence and help out! http://www.stopbullying.gov/what-you-can-do/teens/index.html

From the HLV Blog For Teens

Thoughts of Thanksgiving

Written by: Jessica Bickford As I write this, I sit near my woodstove while snow floats softly down outside my windows.  Thanksgiving is just a few days away, and I am enjoying some quiet before the busyness begins. This year there is much to be thankful for - but...

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How Childhood Trauma Affects Lifelong Health

Trauma… it’s the really horrific things that we go through as people… things that deeply impact us. For some trauma is a single point in time while others experience ongoing trauma and instability. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary includes these concepts when defining...

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Great Ideas for Hanging Out…

Hey Teens – Ever feel like your head might explode?  Just too much stuff – friend drama, school work, life’s stuff, work… the list could go on… or perhaps you’re just bored to tears… Well, here’s the start of a list of substance free ideas to relieve stress and boredom.  WE want your substance free additions!

Read through the list and let us know what’s missing!

  • Hike Mt. Elmore
  • Take in a movie
  • Go to a sporting event (Don’t forget JSC games are free to the public)
  • Visit Abovetheinfluence.com and get involved!
  • Join a club.
  • 4-H
  • Play disk golf at JSC
  • Join up with a couple other families and paddle at Green River Reservoir
  • Sign up for a talent show
  • Dance club
  • Audition for a show
  • Watch a show
  • Check out Babcock Nature Preserve
  • Go to a lecture at JSC
  • Take an art class
  • Do tech for a show.
  • Karoke
  • Take a yoga class
  • Join a youth group
  • Go rock climbing
  • Try out a karate class
  • Write a song
  • Learn to play an instrument
  • Join band or start your own.
  • Play tennis
  • Go for a swim
  • Watch a sunset at Prospect Rock
  • Donate Blood
  • Check out a basketball game
  • Paint a picture
  • Try a new art form
  • Surf pinterest for creative ideas.
  • Visit your local library
  • Volunteer at your local library
  • Volunteer at NCAL
  • Jump rope
  • Hula hoop
  • Go to a local art gallery
  • Play with a pet
  • Visit a senior citizen and learn about their life.
  • Tutor or be tutored
  • Learn a foreign language
  • Play dodgeball.
  • Play soccer
  • Play softball
  • Play kick/whiffle
  • Roll down a hill
  • Sing a song
  • Write a song
  • Celebrate Earth Day
  • Help a neighbor
  • Do a food drive with a local food shelf
  • Star Gaze
  • Go sledding
  • Cross Country or Downhill ski
  • Ice Skate
  • Set a small budget and go thrift store shopping with friends.
  • Hike VT’s tallest peak, Mt. Mansfield
  • Visit Vermont’s State Parks – VT Ventures program… http://www.vtstateparks.com/htm/venturevt.htm
  • Go apple picking, then make applesauce, crisp, or a pie
  • Start a capture the flag game
  • Snowshoe or hike trails (JSC, Elmore, Catamount, Long Trail)
  • Play a game of ultimate Frisbee
  • Bake cookies, cupcakes, or bread.
  • Float the Lamoille River
  • Study
  • Pickup volleyball
  • Johnson & Morrisville’s skate park
  • Listen to live music at Bee’s Knees
  • Go for a selfie hike
  • Go on a nature photo hike
  • Volunteer
  • Picnic
  • Frisbee
  • Make your own list.
  • Go fishing
  • Build a fort
  • Create a short movie
  • Write a poem
  • Memorize a poem
  • Go for a run
  • Take a bike ride on the Rail Trail
  • Check out a bike from Morrisville’s bike share
  • Be a mentor
  • Find a mentor
  • Create a cartoon
  • Go to a program at your local library
  • Be a friend
  • Be silly
  • Dance like nobody’s watching
  • Make up a new dance or learn the moves to a favorite
  • Sew something
  • Write a book
  • Learn to cook
  • Try a new food
  • Go to a Farmers Market
  • Plant something
  • Paint your nails
  • Research how someone else lives
  • Walk someone’s dog.
  • Have a yard sale.
  • Camp out
  • Pick flowers
  • Collect stones and make cairns
  • Paint stones
  • Build Cairns (Cool rock piles)
  • Volunteer at a food shelf or community meal.
  • Chalk art!
  • Go Hunting
  • Shoot Photos
  • Have a fashion show
  • Make a video
  • Mix Music