Category Archives: Floyd

Floyd Youth Action Team: Recruitment Meeting 1.25.16

It is that time of year! Time to recruit new members! If you know a high school aged youth in the Floyd County or Rome City School system that would like to participate in a leadership development organization that focuses on teen related issues and National campaigns to raise awareness and educate their peers, send them to the Bartow Youth Action Team Recruitment meeting on January 25th at 6pm. Click here for the flyer: 2016 Recruitment Flyer FYAT

Text 770.546.9510 to RSVP for the meeting!

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Email Pic Christa Gilmore is the Adult Advisor for the Bartow and Floyd Youth Action Teams. She is the Youth Development Coordinator for NW GA Public Health. For more info:



Floyd YAT,

Everyone who is planning to attend the upcoming meeting on Monday October 19th at 6pm need to have your parent sign the permission form for you to participate in the focus group with Dr. Allred from Berry College. Please bring your signed form with you to the meeting! Dr. Allred will be providing refreshments. Feel free to bring friends!! They would like a good size & diverse group!

See you all Monday!

FAD Parental Informed Consent fall 2015

What is YOUR Natural High?

Natural High….what does that even mean?

With Red Ribbon Week 2015 coming up later this month, we here at Just Us Teens wanted to encourage you to continue living for your passions and pursuing your dreams! Your Natural High is something that you LOVE doing, that you are great at, that makes you feel inspired! It could be playing sports, writing, shopping, laughing! When you focus on your Natural High instead of drugs or alcohol, you are able to dream more, learn more, do more and become your best self!

Bartow & Floyd Youth Action Team Members! Comment below with your Natural High and be entered in to win prizes and potentially get your Natural High on a t-shirt at Georgia Teen Institute 2016! You can be the winner if you submit the most Natural Highs!



Applications for GTI 2016 staff have been released! Go to the following link, and fill out the online application: All the information you need is right there! Don’t wait to apply; applications are due January 8, 2016 by 5 pm!

Below are some important dates to keep in mind when applying.

  • Staff Development Weekend 1: March 11-13, 2016
  • Staff Development Weekend 2: June 10-13, 2016
  • GTI Week 1: June 14-17, 2016
  • Staff Development Weekend 2.5: June 19 & 20, 2016
  • GTI Week 2: June 21-24, 2016

If you need any convincing to join us next summer, check out these five reasons you need to be on GTI Staff! Please click here to check it out:

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Georgia Teen Institute Information

It is ALMOST here!! YAY! In 12 days we leave! So here is some quick info and an attached document with important information about GTI–>GTI 2015 Reg Confirmation Week 1

If you are on my Floyd YAT, then please be at the Floyd County Health Department by 8:30 am on June 8th!

If you are on my Bartow YAT, then please be at the Teen Center (140 Douglas St) by 9am!

It will take us about an hour and half to get there. We will leave GTI around noon on Thursday June 11th. That means that my Bartow YAT parent’s need to be at the Teen Center by around 1:30/2ish, and my Floyd YAT parent’s need to be at the Floyd Health Department by around 2:30. We will call parent’s when we leave GTI to give them a better idea of how we are doing on time.

  • Please pack as light as possible, since we will have to get luggage for 14 on the bus!
  • Make sure your parent’s have my cell phone number, along with the GTI emergency contact numbers provided on the attachment
  • DON’T FORGET: bed linens, pillow, toiletries, bathroom shoes, something red to wear on that Tuesday (shirt, bandana, hat, etc), phone charger, alarm clock, spending money (if you want to buy something from the GTI store)

If for some reason, something comes up and you CANNOT go, you need to contact me IMMEDIATELY!!!

I CANNOT wait to see all of your shining faces on June 8th! Get ready, get excited, GTI HERE WE COME! ๐Ÿ™‚


GTI, GTI, GTI….Georgia Teen Institute!

FINALLY! Georgia Teen Institute applications are here! So listen up Bartow and Floyd Youth Action Team members! We are a scholarship team for Georgia Teen Institute, meaning our team goes to camp each year for FREE! No cost to you or your family AT ALL! We can take up to 6 team members PER team! All food, transportation, and lodging is provided!

DATES: June 8-11th


Bartow, you can slide your application off under the Teen Center door between 8am and 5pm at 140 Douglas Street and send me a text so that I know that it is there! APPLICATION DUE BY 5PM WEDNESDAY APRIL 8TH! Get your application in quick!

Floyd, you can bring your application to either me or Angie at the Floyd Health Department. Just ask for one of us at the front desk or come straight to our offices. APPLICATION DUE BY 5PM WEDNESDAY APRIL 8TH! Get your application in quick! FLOYD, feel free to bring your parents to the YAT meeting Monday April 6th at 6pm to give them more info!

This is going to be the best year YET and I can’t wait to take you guys to the best camp ever!

Click here for the application (fill out and return the last 2 pages): GTI 2015 Statewide Registration Packet_Final


Love is….

Love is…, friendship, open communication, fun. Love is NOT abuse! Here at Just Us Teens, we are celebrating Teen Dating Violence Prevention Month (longest name EVER!) this February! So what is Teen Dating Violence Prevention Month? It is the national effort to raise awareness about abuse in teen and 20-something relationships and promote programs that prevent it during the month of February.

Both the Floyd and Bartow Youth Action Teams are up to great things to raise awareness about TDV. In Floyd, the members have teamed up with our local Sexual Assault Center to do an “ORANGE OUT” day, along with a fun lunchroom photo booth complete with silly props! We will be asking the students at the Floyd County Schools to tell us and show us what “healthy dating” is! If you want in on the fun, tag us on Facebook and use #orange4love #FloydYAT.TDVgrouppicThe group!

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In Bartow, our Youth Action Team is gearing up to make a humorous, but educational video to distribute via social media. Keep your eyes open for that gem coming your way SOON! ๐Ÿ˜‰

For more information about Teen Dating Violence or February’s Orange4love campaign, check out Love is Respect! And since this campaign is all about opening up our eyes to the issues affecting 1 in 3 teens, I wanna leave you with some facts!

  • One in three adolescents in the U.S. is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner, a figure that far exceeds rates of other types of youth violence.
  • Approximately 70% of college students say they have been sexually coerced.
  • Girls and young women between the ages of 16 and 24 experience the highest rate of intimate partner violence — almost triple the national average.
  • Violent behavior typically begins between the ages of 12 and 18.
  • Violent relationships in adolescence can have serious ramifications by putting the victims at higher risk for substance abuse, eating disorders, risky sexual behavior and further domestic violence.
  • Being physically or sexually abused makes teen girls six times more likely to become pregnant and twice as likely to get a STI.
  • Half of youth who have been victims of both dating violence and rape attempt suicide, compared to 12.5% of non-abused girls and 5.4% of non-abused boys.
  • Eight states currently do not include dating relationships in their definition of domestic violence. As a result, young victims of dating abuse often cannot apply for restraining orders.
  • Only 33% of teens who were in a violent relationship ever told anyone about the abuse.
  • Eighty one percent of parents believe teen dating violence is not an issue or admit they donโ€™t know if itโ€™s an issue.

So get your facts, educate yourself, and let’s help make the lives of those around us that much safer! Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter!