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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!

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ATTENTION ALL YAT MEMBERS: GTI STAFF APPLICATIONS NOW AVAILABLE!

Applications for GTI 2016 staff have been released! Go to the following link, and fill out the online application: http://georgiati.org/materials/staff-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: http://guideinc.org/2014/11/11/five-reasons-to-be-on-gti-staff-in-2015/.

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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!

ATTENTION YAT MEMBERS: GTI STAFF APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE NOW!

Applications for GTI 2016 staff have been released! Go to the following link, and fill out the online application: http://georgiati.org/materials/staff-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: http://guideinc.org/2014/11/11/five-reasons-to-be-on-gti-staff-in-2015/.

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July 4th: USA Independence Day

Sometimes teenagers stress over finding the perfect stars and stripes outfit for July 4th. Also, for the fourth of July, many families observe a firework show or have large family gatherings. When having these entertaining family get-togethers, protection from ultraviolet (UV) radiation is vital, especially on the fourth of July, but also all year round, not just during the summer or at the beach. UV rays from the sun can reach you on cloudy and hazy days, as well as bright and sunny days. UV rays can also reflect off of surfaces like water, cement, sand, and snow. The hours between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. are the most dangerous for UV exposure in the United States. UV rays from sunlight are the greatest during late spring and early summer in North America.

Easy Options for Protecting Yourself from UV Radiation
(Provided by the CDC):
• Stay in the shade, especially during midday hours.
• Wear clothing that covers your arms and legs.
• Wear a hat with a wide brim to shade your face, head, ears, and neck.
• Wear sunglasses that wrap around and block both UVA and UVB rays.
• Use sunscreen with sun protection factor (SPF) 15 or higher, and both UVA and UVB protection

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ameliaFeatured Youth Blogger: Amelia, Bartow Youth Action Team

From the Cow to the Cone…How is Ice Cream Made?

National Ice Cream Month: July

The most significant ice cream ingredients come from milk, explaining the title of this blog post. These dairy elements are vital in defining the features of the final frozen product. Federal regulations require ice cream to have at least 10% milkfat, which is the single most crucial ingredient. The use of varying percentages of milkfat alters the smoothness, color, texture, and food value of the finished product. Gourmet ice creams contain at least 12% milkfat. Additionally, ice cream contains nonfat solids (the non-fat, protein part of the milk), which subsidize nutritional value (protein, calcium, minerals, and vitamins). Nonfat dry milk, skim milk, and whole milk are the usual sources of nonfat solids. Also, the sweeteners used in ice cream differ from sugarcane or beet sugar to corn sweeteners or honey. Stabilizers, such as plant derivatives, are frequently used in small amounts to prevent the formation of large ice crystals and to make a smoother ice cream. These basic ingredients are combined in a mixing tank. The mixture is then forced into a pasteurizer, where it is heated and held at a determined temperature. The hot mixture is then enforced through a homogenizer, where pressure of 2,000 to 2,500 pounds per square inch breaks the milkfat down into smaller particles, permitting the mixture to stay smooth and creamy. The mix is then quick-cooled to about 40°F and frozen via the “continuous freezer” method (the “batch freezer” method) that uses a steady flow of mix that freezes a set quantity of ice cream one batch at a time. The next step is the addition of immense flavorings, such as fruits, nuts, and chocolate chips. The ingredients are dropped into the semi-solid ice cream after it leaves the freezer.
After the flavorings are added, the ice cream can be packed in a variety of containers, cups, or molds. It is moved rapidly to a hardening room, where sub-zero temperatures freeze the product to its final state for storage and distribution. Then, you purchase this ice cream at your local grocery store to treat yourself!

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ameliaFeatured Youth Blogger: Amelia, Bartow Youth Action Team