Mental Health: Dyslexia 

Dyslexia is a language-based processing disorder that can affect reading, writing, spelling, and speaking, as well as social interactions and self-esteem. Look over the following list of common warning signs of dyslexia in teens in Grades 9–12. To learn more you can view Dyslexia and watch the video below. Philadelphia Ujima- Dyslexia


Mental Health: Bipolar Disorder 

DID YOU KNOW: “For the first time mental health conditions are among the top five disabilities in children.” In fact, “one in ten adolescents has a serious mental health issue.” Bipolar disorder is not the same as the normal ups and downs every kid goes through. Bipolar symptoms are more powerful than that.” But, how do you know if you are mentally healthy? Click on the links below to learn more about mental health and illness in teens. Bipolar Disorder



Sexual Assault

Sexual assault is when any person forces you to participate in a sexual act that you don’t want and are uncomfortable with. It doesn’t necessarily always take physical force to sexually assault a victim. Attackers can use other tactics such as threats or intimidation to make a victim feel fear or be unable to refuse them. “Being a victim of sexual assault is not your fault. Nothing in what you say, the way you look, where you are, or who you are with gives anyone else the right to hurt you.” For more information, please follow the link and watch the video below. More information to come! 


Gun Violence

“35,000 Americans die every year from gunshot wounds. THREE THOUSAND OF THOSE Americans are teens. Gun homicide is the leading cause of death in black teenagers (aged 15-19), and the second leading cause of death in white teens of the same age group. 8 children die EVERY DAY from gunshot wounds; 47 per day are injured. Teens use guns at an alarming rate: 86% of homicides committed by teens involved a firearm. Gun Violence is preventable, and YOU can make a difference.” Gun Violence





Teen Dating Violence 

Unhealthy relationships can start early and have unfortunate consequences. Dating violence often initially begins with teasing and name calling. “These behaviors are often thought to be a “normal” part of a relationship. But they can set the stage for more serious violence like physical assault and rape. Dating violence is defined as the physical, sexual, or psychological/emotional violence within a dating relationship, as well as stalking. It can occur in person or electronically and may occur between a current or former dating partner. You may have heard several different words used to describe teen dating violence.”  If you are concerned, please speak with someone you trust. For more information, please follow the link Teen Dating Violence













Relationship Peer Pressure 
“Social and emotional maturity are intertwined. As teens’ emotional maturity increases, their relationships with their peers change as they become more vulnerable and emotionally intimate with their peers. Because acceptance by a peer group becomes so important, teens may modify their speech, dress, behavior, choices, and activities in order to become more similar to their peers. This increased similarity among peers provides them a sense of security and affirms their acceptance into their chosen peer group. Peer pressure is an important component of health. Often people are pressured to be and do things that are harmful to them.” Click on the links below to learn more about relationship peer pressure and its role in teen health! Peer Pressure 

Teen Fitness

“Physical Activity is an important component of health! In fact, in combination with healthy eating, physical activity can prevent several health conditions. It’s important to start healthy fitness practices now in order to maintain a life of health! Check out these links below on Fitness. Just as it is for adults and younger kids, teen fitness is important for physical and mental health. Adolescents need 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity a day to stay healthy.” Fitness has particular benefits for pre-teens and teens, as it can: 

    • Reduce anxiety, stress, and depression
    • Improve self-esteem
    • Boost academic performance
    • Help establish lifelong healthy habits

For more information, please follow the link Teen Fitness and watch this video


It’s easy to be tempted to eat unhealthy meals while in college — especially if everyone around you is eating unhealthy options as well. But eating too much fast food or always choosing high-fat, high-calorie menu items can drag a person’s body down. The most obvious problem is weight gain but foods can influence any number of things:

  • mental functioning
  • emotional well-being
  • energy
  • strength
  • weight
  • future health

It’s easier than you think to make good choices in college, on the go, at a fast-food restaurant, the mall, or even the school cafeteria. Go for balance. Drink water or low-fat milk. Watch portion sizes. For more information please follow this link College Nutrition and listen to this song “The Nutrition Song” created by one of our interns!


“Self-injury is the act of deliberately destroying body tissue, at times to change a way of feeling. Self-injury is seen differently by groups and cultures within society. This appears to have become more popular lately, especially in adolescents. The causes and severity of self-injury can vary. Self-injury is a complex behavior and symptom that results from a variety of factors. Adolescents who have difficulty talking about their feelings may show their emotional tension, physical discomfort, pain and low self-esteem with self-injurious behaviors.”  For more information, please follow the link Physical Self- Injury and listen to a spoken word performed by one of our students. Self Injury Spoken Word

“Self Injury is a very important topic for teens to discuss. Many teens girls, to be exact are harming themselves and not communicating with an adult or a confidant about their issues. Teens harm themselves with drugs, alcohol, sex, food and surprisingly exercise. Something that I want teens girls to know is that if you are having an issue that is unbearable for you to handle, then you need to talk to someone instead of harming your body. Your body is a piece of artwork that is designed for you to protect. Don’t cut it, burn it, give it away or abuse it because you only have one and you may not know now, but your future is very bright. Love yourself, YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL ! Think about it this way, there is always someone who loves you more than you love yourself and when you harm yourself, you are harming your Mother, Father, and best friends because they care about you and they want you in their lives for a purpose. You have a purpose for living. Just a little food for thought, when you are really down and you need some inspiration, remember this quote “Fall seven times, stand up eight” by Japanese Proverbs. Stop giving up, this is not the way! According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention 1 out of 10 girls commit suicide, don’t be that 1 girl to kill yourself because you did not want help. Your not weird ! Your not ugly! Nor are you fat…but you are strong.  YOU ARE YOU in every single way.”  – Kristen Walker’s Spoken Word
Did you know that Gonorrhea (an STD which affects millions of people every year) is on the path to becoming untreatable?  “Gonorrhea is a sexually  transmitted disease (STD) caused by bacteria called Neisseria gonorrhoeae. The bacteria can be passed from one person to another through vaginal, oral, or anal sex, even when the person who is infected has no symptoms. A girl who has gonorrhea may have no symptoms at all or her symptoms may be so mild that she doesn’t notice them until they become more severe.  Guys who have gonorrhea are much more likely to notice symptoms, although a guy can have gonorrhea and not know it. Guys often feel a burning sensation when they urinate, and yellowish-white discharge may ooze out of the urethra (at the tip of the penis).”  For more information, please follow the link Gonorrhea and watch this video

Cyber Bullying

“Cyberbullying happens when kids bully each other through electronic technology. Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place using electronic technology. Examples of cyberbullying include mean text messages or emails, rumors sent by email or posted on social networking sites, and embarrassing pictures, videos, websites, or fake profiles. Teens can prevent cyberbullying. Together, they can explore safe ways to use technology. When cyberbullying happens, it is important to document and report the behavior so it can be addressed.” For more information, please follow the link CyberBullying

“Every day thousands of teens wake up afraid to go to school. Bullying is a problem that affects millions of students, and it has everyone worried, not just the kids on its receiving end. Yet because parents, teachers, and other adults don’t always see it, they may not understand how extreme bullying can get. Bullying is when a person is picked on over and over again by an individual or group with more power, either in terms of physical strength or social standing.” For more information, please follow the link Bullying and watch a video below 

 Time Management 

Getting good grades isn’t easy, and understanding how to make the best use of your time and effort takes careful planning. It also helps to be a strategic learner. That means you (1) Plan how you are going to learn and manage your time in the process (2) Use the skills you have to learn the task at hand and (3) Keep track of the progress you’re making. Developing a system for managing time can be the single most important step you take. The pressure of trying to stick to a schedule can be stressful. It may take great effort, help and practice to find a system that works for you.  For more information about time management, please follow the link  Time Management to gain more tips about different techniques. 

For additional resources on teen health visit:

GirlsHealthInfo and Your Body and Mind

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