Monthly Archives: February 2014

Dress For Success!

So heads up, Valentine’s Day is THIS week! With that, means school dances, special functions, date night, and just the beginning of all of the upcoming social events of the spring season! Instead of letting this continuously frosty weather dampen your mood, get out to Floyd County’s Harbor House and visit the Dress for Success dress closet!

Hannah Hudspeth, a twelfth grade Floyd Youth Action Team member, created the Dress for Success program in partnership with Harbor House and the Rome-Floyd County Commission on Children and Youth. The dress closet consists of over 70 donated dresses that are appropriate for prom, school dances, weddings, and other special events. The dress closet is FULL of dresses varying in size, color, and style. At NO charge, Dress for Success would love to grant your wish of having the perfect dress!

Dress for SuccessOnce you are finished with your dress, consider “paying it forward” and giving it back to the dress closet or donating it to a younger sibling, cousin, or friend to use on their special day! If you are interested in setting up an appointment to see all of the beautiful dresses, or you would like to donate to the Dress for Success program, please contact Hannah Hudspeth at the Harbor House, 706.235.5437.

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Youth Action Team Member Selected As One Of GA’s Top 20 Youth Leaders!

Anna Young

Anna Young, a member of the Floyd Youth Action Team, was selected as one of Georgia’s top 20 youth leaders. This award, selected in partnership with the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 40 Under 40 and 21st Century Leaders, recognizes the extraordinary achievements of inspiring youth and honors their commitment to leadership in the community. Anna was nominated for her efforts to organize Red Ribbon Week activities for students at Armuchee High School.

As a 20 Under 20 honoree, Young will receive a $250 mini-grant and be formally recognized for her accomplishments at the Georgia Youth Leadership Awards on Thursday, February 27, 2014, at the Crowne Plaza Atlanta Perimeter at Ravinia. Young and other honorees will be eligible, for the Turner Voices Innovative Leadership Award, and $1,000 mini-grant, that will be presented by Turner Broadcasting System the evening of the awards program. Business and professional leaders from Turner Broadcasting Systems, Cox Enterprises, The Home Depot and others will join Young and the other honorees to celebrate the 20 Under 20 Class of 2014 and congratulate the young winners on their accomplishment.

20 Under 20 projects will be featured in media presentations to raise awareness of these exemplary young leader’s efforts. The event will also feature live music, a silent auction, and a social media wall and other fun activities. Young and other winners will be featured on the organization’s website, blog and social media.

Anna has been a member of the Floyd Youth Action team for over a year and has always been an extremely active member. She helped develop and plan last year’s Mental Health Awareness event at the Rome Braves, she helped plan and facilitate at the Floyd Teen Center’s annual Girls Summer Camp, coordinated Red Ribbon Week activities at her school, attended the Governor’s Red Ribbon Week kickoff event, was a speaker at the annual Table Talk Teen Forum, and has been a part of the planning of Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month.

Anna is also a Member of the Armuchee High Key Club, Academic Decathlon, National Honor Society, and a 21st Century Leaders Alumnus. She is a Georgia Merit Scholar and an A.P. Scholar; and currently has a 4.0 GPA. Young also recently received the Exchange Club’s ACE Award for Armuchee High School. She has been selected to receive a University of Tennessee-Knoxville Out-of-State Student of Excellence Scholarship. Anna has been admitted to the University of Tennessee’s Engineering School where she plans to major in Biomedical Engineering.

For original article, visit WRGA Rome’s News Talk

February is Teen Dating Violence Prevention Month!

Have you ever found yourself?

  1. Calling your significant other over and over again to find out what they are doing?
  2. Logging into your significant others social media sites to “check in on them?”
  3. Putting down someone that you love?
  4. Pushing or hitting a loved one?

If you’ve said yes to any of the above, then you could be guilty of committing a form of dating violence against someone that you care about.

We are now living in a world where one in three students report experiencing some form of abuse, and more than 2/3 never report that abuse to a caring adult.  A world where over 80% of school counselors report being unprepared to address incidents of abuse. This tells us – dating abuse isn’t just a big issue. It’s a growing epidemic.

 What Does Dating Violence Look Like?

Teens and young adults experience the same types of abuse in relationships as adults. This can include:

  • Physical Abuse: Any intentional use of physical force with the intent to cause fear or injury, like hitting, shoving, biting, strangling, kicking or using a weapon.
  • Verbal or Emotional Abuse: Non-physical behaviors such as threats, insults, constant monitoring, humiliation, intimidation, isolation or stalking.
  • Sexual Abuse: Any action that impacts a person’s ability to control their sexual activity or the circumstances in which sexual activity occurs, including rape, coercion or restricting access to birth control.
  • Digital Abuse: Use of technologies and/or social media networking to intimidate, harass or threaten a current or ex-dating partner. This could include demanding passwords, checking cell phones, cyber bullying, sexting, excessive or threatening texts or stalking on Facebook or other social media.

So how can you help?

The Floyd Youth Action will be participating in the White Ribbon Campaign! The White Ribbon Campaign is the world’s largest movement of men and boys working to end violence against women and girls, promote gender equity, healthy relationships and a new vision of masculinity.

Starting in 1991, they asked men to wear white ribbons as a pledge to never commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women and girls. Since then the White Ribbon has spread to over 60 countries around the world.

  • We are asking young men to change the “man code” to break society’s rules of male conformity and reconsider not just what it means to be a man, but what it means to be a good man.
  • We will have pledge banners at each high school for all students to sign and pledge to end the violence against women during the second week of February.
  • We will also have a text back campaign, so they can pledge by texting the word “love” or “<3” plus their school name to 706-509-0668.
  • The Sexual Assault Center will be passing out Valentine day cards that stress the importance of believing in yourself & loving yourself, and about 100 of these will be passed out at each high school with the message of passing the card along to someone else throughout the day. So spread the LOVE!

Look for us on your local television show “Community Watch” and hear two of our incredible young men from the Floyd Youth Action Team discuss this issue and hear more about their opinion on the topic and how they plan to raise more awareness around this issue!

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