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.