Can You Be-Leaf It’s Fall? 🍁🍂
LIONS' DE FLOWERS TEAMS WITH TEEN HYPE
On Thursday, August 22, Trey Flowers of the Detroit Lions visited our Peer Educators to learn more about Teen HYPE and how he can help. After meeting with our CEO, Ambra Redrick, Flowers and our Peer Educators had a discussion about what teens are currently challenged with in our community and the future of Teen Hype; followed by a round of Q&A. This was the first of many stops for Flowers and new Flowers of The Future Foundation, Inc. The following Saturday, August 31, we met back up with Trey, the Ford Resource Engagement Center (FREC) and Meijer for the Back to School Community Day—a free backpack and school supplies giveaway designed to make sure our youth are ready to start the school year positive and prepared!
PEER EDUCATION WORKSHOPS
This past August, our Peer Educators participated in workshops to help develop their Core Readiness Abilities.
On Thursday, August 15, Satori Shakoor visited Teen HYPE to share her craft of storytelling with us. Shakoor is a 2017 Kresge Literary Arts Fellow, hosts the Moth Story Slam in Ann Arbor and hosts the Twisted Storytellers podcast produced by WDET Radio. She's the founder of The Secret Society Of Twisted Storytellers® (TSSOTS)—a live, curated storytelling event. The monthly series features real people who tell true and personal stories live onstage at Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit. Learning the fundamentals of storytelling, our Peer Educators hosted their own Moth-style Story Slam at Teen HYPE, complete with judges and a peer-elected winner!
On Thursday, August 22, Ashlin Coleman of Exquisite Taste Catering Services came to teach our Peer Educators how to cook a delicious entree of Chicken Alfredo. An alumna of the renowned Schoolcraft College Culinary Arts program, Coleman also taught our teens proper knife skills and the benefits of healthy eating.
A DARING DINNER DISCUSSION
On Thursday, August 29, Teen HYPE hosted the adult-only, Daring Dinner Discussion Let’s Talk About Sex!, an intimate and candid conversation about the adolescent journey to becoming healthy, whole adults. At Teen HYPE, young people’s discovery and exploration about their sexuality are about more than the physical act of sex—it means being comfortable and confident in who they are and how they navigate the world. Sexuality also includes physical attraction, education, sexual orientation, body awareness, and communication. We know this topic may be uncomfortable for some; however, avoiding it doesn't help our youth become ready for the world.
TABLE CAPTAIN KICKOFF
Leading up to the Build the HYPE Annual Breakfast on Thursday, October 3, our Table Captain Kickoff on Wednesday, August 14 was an interactive way to kick start our team of fundraising leaders. Along with tasty food and refreshing drinks, we provided Table Captains tools and resources for inviting guests to the breakfast. Also, we couldn't resist showing our guests a sneak peek of the new Ready to Launch film that we'll be debuting at the Breakfast. You can catch the trailer below!
Our Build the HYPE Annual Breakfast on Thursday, October 3 is a riveting presentation of our effectiveness in preparing teens to become "ready for the world". Proceeds from the event are going to fund a vitally needed Ready to Launch component to our Peer Education program that will help our graduates gain the resources and guidance they need to succeed.
LIMITED SEATS ARE STILL AVAILABLE FOR OUR ANNUAL BUILD THE HYPE BREAKFAST ON THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3!
We'd like to thank Jamjomar for their generous support, serving as a Sponsor of our 2019 Build the HYPE Annual Breakfast.
iDECIDE DETROIT AMBASSADORS
On Thursday, August 15, our Peer Educators had fun teaming up with iDecide Detroit for their second annual teen health photo shoot. iDecide Detroit is a network of over 23 Teen Health Centers in Detroit whose focus is on educating youth about reproductive health and helping them make healthy choices.
Thank you for helping make our Quicken Loans Community Challenge fundraiser a success!!!
Together, we raised $2,745 and another $2,525 in bonus challenges—which will be so incredible in helping our teens have a successful transition into college by supplying them with books, technology and college care packages!
On August 7–9, our staff team of Health Educators went up north to Gaylord, Michigan to attend the Moving Towards Solutions conference. Providing practical strategies for the day to day implementation of effective programming around teen pregnancy prevention and adolescent sexual health—a primary focus of the conference is to highlight specific programs and strategies that prevent risk taking behaviors, which may lead to unintended pregnancy, STIs and HIV/AIDS.
Heading south to San Antonio, Texas on August 13–16, our health educators then went to the Making a Difference (MAD) / Promoting Health Among Teens—Abstinence Only (PHAT-AO) Training of Trainers (TOT). TOT is a high-level professional learning process for qualified trainers who will be delivering training for evidence-based program implementation—engaging participants in a comprehensive, distributive learning process that builds the knowledge and skills required to effectively train educators to deliver evidence-based HIV, STD and/or pregnancy prevention programs for adolescents.
PREVENTION RESOURCES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE
If you or a young person you know needs free, confidential HIV testing, please call Teen HYPE at 313-948-8427.
If your school is interested in Teen HYPE's in-school health programming, please call 313-831-8336.
For behavioral health resources, call SAMHSA's hotline: 800-662-HELP or visit https://www.samhsa.gov/find-treatment.
If you're interested in joining Teen HYPE's Youth Development Coalition, please contact Dee Smith, our Senior Manager of Strategic Partnerships, at email@example.com.