Teen Institute Making a Difference for SCSD High School Students

     Published on 11/19/15   Tagged under:   

Students from Fowler, ITC and Nottingham attended the Teen Institute Annual Leadership Conference held at the Salvation Army Long Point Camp on Seneca Lake.
The Teen Institute strives to empower teens with the knowledge, skills and confidence to lead an alcohol, tobacco and other drug-free life; develop and strengthen leadership skills; educate and lead peers to reduce the frequency of substance abuse and other unhealthy behaviors; advocate for positive change within their schools and communities; and promote healthy decision making.
One ITC student shared this personal story summarizing the experience:
“Going to the Heart of NY Teen Institute (TI) was one of the most fun and engaging events I’ve gone to in years. I was actually pretty nervous on what it was going to be like. I didn’t know what to expect but as soon as we pulled up in front of the camp, there were a bunch of friendly faces doing a very odd dance and welcome song. At that point I was a little relieved.
As time went on I had a chance to sort of step out of my comfort zone and meet new people. That was probably my favorite part besides the incredible activities and workshops we did. Aside from that, it made me realize a few things. One specific thing was that I’ve blinded myself from the things that are really going on at home. I’ve kind of faked my way to happiness. Alcohol has negatively impacted my family for a very long time. Teen Institute took off that blind fold and really made me see it. Not only did my peers in TI open my eyes to that, they’ve showed me that I’m not the only one who goes through this stuff.
They showed me that there are healthy ways to deal with it because just ignoring it isn’t going to make it go away. And by the end of Teen Institute I had one of those friendly smiles and was doing a couple of those weird dances myself! TI has inspired me to want to become a friendly face next year and be one of many who help students like me next year.”
- S. S.

Thank you to the Heart of NY Teen Institute for welcoming our students in such an engaging program!