Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Community Talkback

Though the audience was small, the conversation was riveting tonight at our first Community Talkback session.  Sixteen members of the coalition shared their passion and vision for the impact teenagers can make on one another's lives, and we were able to start spreading our message of hope, empowerment, and the universality of needing help with a few more members of the community.

A special tanks to reporter Joe Preiner from the LJWorld; his article about the event should appear in tomorrow's paper.  And another thanks to the members of the Kansas Consortium for Youth Voice (KCYV) who joined us as well.  We look forward to collaborating more with you in the future.

So, to kick off the conversation in a more global way, I've decided to post a question generated by the coalition members themselves in the interest of fostering a broader conversation.  Please respond in a comment to this post, and remember to keep responses PG as we are an all access to information organization.

This week's question stems from a large conversation about the accessibility of information online and how unreliable, and often dangerous, that information can be.  We asked each other and--tonight--our audience members for their answer to this question already, but we would love to know what you think:


WHAT ROLE SHOULD THE INTERNET PLAY IN SEX EDUCATION?

Monday, February 21, 2011

Please Join Us!

The WAKE-UP COALITION 
(a teen mentor and counseling program sponsored by 
the Lawrence Arts Center & the GaDuGi Safecenter)
invites you to a COMMUNITY TALKBACK session to discuss issues relevant to teenagers today.
Do you have questions about:
TEEN PREGNANCY, 
TEEN SUICIDE, or
SEX EDUCATION?
Are you interested in learning how to support your peers when they struggle with any of the above issues?
Come join us for an open, honest conversation about what teens want and need in your community.
6-8 pm
Lawrence Arts Center Theatre
Wednesday 3/9/2011

February Meeting Response--Anonymous

I’m super excited about the Wake Up! Coalition. The thought that there will be a place for teens to go to talk about anything is really promising to me. I’m excited to see this group of people pull together something magical. Teen suicide along with teen pregnancy and sex education is something that I feel is a really important issue. Sometimes the people who seem perfectly fine, if not better are the ones that are suffering the most. Having someone who will listen and help guide you through a rough time can be worth so much to someone. We’ve discussed a lot recently the “threshold” that teens have to cross in order to get help. We feel like our problems are minimal compared to someone else’s and that prevents us from talking to someone, anyone even our friends. To someone dealing with suicide a listener can make all the difference. They need someone who won’t judge you, or try to pry into your life but who will just listen. Sometimes that listener can save a life whether they know it or not. The ones who seem fine, or that don’t feel like they have crossed that threshold could really benefit from this project. I’m really excited for the future of this group. I think we can do a lot of good just by being there. As a place for information, support and care we can make a huge difference to our peers. 

Sunday, January 9, 2011

December Response--Lauren Fleming

I would like to say how excited I am about the Wake Up! Coalition.  During our last meeting, I started to realize how amazing this project could be!  It was troubling to hear about the lack of sex education, counselors, and suicide prevention that is missing from the high schools and some of the junior highs. 


The majority of high school students in the Wake Up! Coalition agreed that one of the main problems that we have at school is finding an adult figure to talk to.  The counselors at my high school should be renamed “Schedulers.”  In no way is their occupation to counsel, except about college and classes.  I have never once considered walking into my counselor’s office and expressing my troubles or asking him for advice. The counselors are all wonderful people, but the school needs to consider hiring actual counselors that will be there for students.

If everyone evolved in this program devotes themselves to making the Wake Up! Coalition work (which I have no doubt of) then this program could have a huge impact on the teens in Lawrence.  The possibilities are endless of how we can help out our community, and I am thrilled to see how big of an impact the Wake Up! Coalition will have!