Teens Taking Action (Yavapai)
Our objective is to provide youth with the opportunity to make a difference by combining community service with leadership training activities. Student projects range from creating programs within their schools to providing services in their community.
Successful teen projects have included:
- classroom presentations on sexually transmitted diseases and HIV/AIDS
- an HIV/AIDS Fun Run
- a musical showcase and dessert night during Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month
- presentations on depression and the creation of a brochure to help parents recognize the signs of depression in teens
- a girls’ sports scholarship program
- the design of book covers
- a student-designed website
- poster designs
- a swim-a-thon
- a Life Decisions book written for teens by teens.
Youth are selected through an application process and participate in our effective program that provides a variety of leadership training activities.
PAL builds resiliency and resources through teen training, mentoring, conflict resolution, cross-age teaching, peer assistance leadership skills, youth leadership programs, service learning, and community prevention activities.
The programs provide effective training in “resiliency” strategies and combats problems such as:
- violence in schools
- drug abuse
- teen pregnancy
- gang participation
- school dropouts
This provides a critical line of defense both at school and in the home.
The PAL program’s over-arching goal is to help teens to become involved in their community and acquire valuable life skills through leadership and service learning opportunities.