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OUR APPROACH

Young people need a lot of time and practice to gain adult skills such as self-management and making adult friendships. The transition from child to adult starts in middle school and is now known to last until age 26 or beyond. During this period, it’s normal for teens to question their values and sense of self and to explore new ideas, interests, and relationships. It is also common for teens to experience anxiety and depression, which can lead to coping through risky behaviors such as use of alcohol and other drugs. Teens who feel self-confident and engaged, have coping skills and resources to support them, have supportive adults around them, and have opportunities in their community are more successful. That's why our approach involves youth, parents and youth-serving adults, and the community at large.

 

Promoting Mental Wellness

Preventing risky behavior starts with promoting wellness. Come to our Walk and Wellness Fair!

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Information Collection

Our plans are based on our data: surveys, focus groups, input from community members.

Youth Voice

Our Youth Committee provides input into our work and raises awareness in their schools.

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Partners with Youth-Serving Groups

We collaborate with many groups that serve Norwalk's youth. There's always room for more!

Parent Education

We send out a monthly parent newsletter and offer trainings, presentations, and information resources to help families support their kids in being mentally well and substance free.

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Community Change

We develop environmental strategies to strengthen our community's ability to support youth.