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Georgia Teen Institute Applications HERE

Georgia Teen Institute Applications are HERE–> GTI 2017 Statewide Registration Packet

If you are a member of the Bartow or Floyd Youth Action Team (OR you would like to be a member) and would like to go, it will be first come first serve with a maximum of 7 team members per Youth Action Team. You must get your application back to Christa Gilmore by Wednesday April 5th!

  • We will be attending WEEK ONE: June 12th-June 15th.
  • Transportation provided, all meals included, will be staying in the dorms
  • FREE
  • Drop off applications at either: The Bartow Teen Center (140 Douglas Street Cartersville) or the Floyd Teen Center (16 East 12th Street Rome–Health Department)
  • Email scanned application to:

To learn more about what to expect, check out this “Day In The Life.”


Youth Action Teams celebrate Red Ribbon Week with #MyStoryIs

Red Ribbon Week has officially concluded, but the message the Bartow and Floyd Youth Action Teams spread will stick in social media history forever!

Red Ribbon Week, which was nationally recognized October 23-31st, has touched the lives of millions of people around the world. In response to the murder of DEA Agent Enrique Camarena, angered parents and youth in communities across the country began wearing Red Ribbons as a symbol of their commitment to raise awareness of the killing and destruction cause by drugs in America.

Bartow & Floyd Youth Action Teams partnered with GUIDE Inc., Floyd Against Drugs, and the Coalition to Prevent the Misuse of Alcohol to spread the #MyStoryIs campaign. The point of the campaign was that the best stories are drug free!

Some of the activities that the Bartow Youth Action Team did included:

  • Getting their local high schools to share the #MyStoryIs drug prevention messages on the school’s Twitter and Facebook pages: whstwitter
  • Partnered with the Coalition to Prevent the Misuse of Alcohol and handed out over 5,000 red ribbons to all 4 local high schools and 1 middle school.
  • Held a #MyStoryIs photo booth day during all lunch periods at Woodland High School. Encouraged students to post what their story is using #MyStoryIs and #PaintWHSRedsocialmediaposts
  • Sponsored a #MyStoryIs chalk art contest encouraging students to decorate a parking spot in a way that told about an awesome time in their life that occurred without the use of drugs. Winner won a $100 gift card. The WHS Cross Country team were the winning team, but there were plenty of awesome entries!


    Some of the activities that the Floyd Youth Action Team did, include:

  • Partnered with Floyd Against Drugs to create a new Red Ribbon Week motto: “ITune out Drugs” which was incorporated into 4 billboards around Rome-Floyd County.billboard
  • Partnered with Floyd Against Drugs to design and provide red shoelaces, color changing pencils, and stickers to all of our students in the Rome/Floyd county schools.  The shoelaces and pencils had the theme “ITune Out Drugs” imprinted on them. Read more about these efforts!
  • Held a #MyStoryIs photo booth day during all lunch periods at Armuchee High School. Encouraged students to post what their story is using #MyStoryIs and #PaintAHSRed
  • Sponsored a #MyStoryIs chalk art contest encouraging students to decorate a parking spot in a way that told about an awesome time in their life that occurred without the use of drugs. Winner won a $100 gift card. Winner Ruth Ann Freeman, wrote, “No drugs were need to have fun when I went to the beach with my best friend Felix ( the lizard) here is us playing in the ocean.”chalkartwinner


Both teams did an excellent job partnering with local community organizations to get their messages across to as many people within the community as possible. Red Ribbon Week is only one of many ways that both teams hope to raise awareness and educate around the dangers of drugs and how fulfilling life can be without them. Keep an eye out for future campaigns around Bartow and Floyd!


All Floyd YAT who will be attending Monday’s October 17th meeting at 6pm, needs to download this form and bring it to the meeting signed! You will be participating in a fun focus group with Berry College after our regular meeting convenes. Snacks will be provided 🙂 If you have any questions, text Christa!



FLOYD YAT Needed for Focus Group

Berry College Professor, Dr.Field-Springer, needs a few students from all Floyd County and Rome City High Schools for a focus group to be held on April 12th from 6pm-7:30pm in the Krannert Building, Room 105 at Berry College. A parent needs to attend in order to sign the consent form for the youth. If you are able to participate, please text Christa asap!

Focus Group Schedule

Tuesday, April 12, 2016 @ 6:00 pm 

Krannert Room 105, Berry College

6:00—6:15 pm   Parents, teenagers, counselor, FAD representatives will gather in Krannert Room 105. Travis will offer description of research, present guardian consent forms, and collect signatures of parents.

6:15—6:30 pm  Dr. Field-Springer will escort students to Room 108/109 for focus group. Mackenzie Ross will welcome the students, describe the research project, present assent forms, and collect signatures of students. Nicholas, Allyson, and Jessica will be present as focus group note-takers.

6:30—6:45 pm  Mackenzie will go over focus group ground rules and ask for demographic information. Mackenzie will ask warm-up questions.

6:45—7:15 pm Students will be given highlighters and markers and asked to offer feedback on the posters.

7:15—7:30 pm  Mackenzie will ask the final two debriefing questions.

 Focus Group Ground Rules

 * Be honest and respectful.

* Listen to understand.

* It’s okay to disagree, but do so with curiosity, not hostility.

* Be brief so everyone has an opportunity to participate; refrain from interrupting.

* Keep the discussion on track.

* Confidentiality, the views of others stay in the group.


Woodland YAT brings awareness to Chiari 1 Malformation

As a Wildcat Nation at Woodland High School on March 15th, we came together as a wildcat family to support Maycelyn by wearing purple. Maycelyn attends our Woodland Pre-K Program and has been diagnosed with Chiari 1 Malformation. I am so glad that the wildcats came together to support her as she faces this condition. She has a strong support system and lots of prayer surrounding her. She is pictured below, with her family surrounding her.

  • What is Chiari 1 Malformation?
    • Chiari Malformation is the neurological disorder caused when the cerebellum (part of the brain) descends out of the skull applying force on the spinal cord. As a result of this compression between the brain and spinal cord, there is a disruption of the normal flow of cerebrospinal fluid.
  • What are the symptoms of Chiari 1 Malformation?
    • Headache (Most Common)
    • Intense Pressure in Back of Head
    • Balance Issues
    • Full Ears
    • Swallowing Issues
    • Chronic Pain
  • How is a Chiari Malformation diagnosed?
    • Patients will have an MRI to see if the cerebellar tonsils are out of position. Many doctors require a neurological exam and MRI results to diagnose Chiari Malformation. Currently, there is unfortunately not a single test that determines the presence of Chiari Malformation.
  • How do you get Chiari 1 Malformation?
    • Chiari 1 Malformation originally was thought to be a congenital condition, meaning that the condition would be acquired at birth. Even though this was prevalent in some cases, Chiari was also observed in patients who acquired the condition and were able to reverse the condition by removing the source of the problem. For this reason, Chiari 1 Malformation can be both an acquired condition and a congenital condition. Through further prestigious research, scientists are studying what triggers the symptoms of Chiari.



FREE catered event! HPV education

Monday March 21st, we will be having a FREE catered event at Heritage Hall (415 E. 3rd Avenue Rome, GA) to educate female caregivers and their daughters on HPV and the vaccine. RSVP by THIS FRIDAY March 18th!

  • Free
  • Catered
  • Raffle prizes
  • Educational materials

HPV flyer screenshot


FREE dresses and tuxes: The Dress Closet

Prom is right around the corner! Before you go stressing out on whether or not you can afford a beautiful new dress or to rent a tux, check out The Dress Closet in Rome, GA! 100’s of FREE new and gently used formal wear is available! Don’t miss out on an important night of your life just because you have nothing to wear.

All you need to do is call and set up an appointment, show up, try on whatever you like and then take it home FREE! See below for more information 🙂