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New Year, New You!

Happy New Year! We took a little break off and hope that you were able to get some rest and enjoy the holidays too!

Sooo, new year? Crazy how quick time flies! Here at JustUsTeens, we love the possibilities that a new year holds! There is so much potential and so many things that you can accomplish THIS YEAR! Our Youth Action Teams are gearing up for many events and awareness campaigns for their communities, as well as for recruitment! If you are a teen in Bartow or Floyd County, contact us! We would love to have you as part of our team 🙂


I’m going to keep this short and sweet today because I have a video that I feel like can express what I want to tell you WAYYYY BETTER than I can 😉 So here’s to you and all of your untapped potential in this New Year! 🙂 We can’t wait to see all of the amazing things that our teens do this year!



Bartow Youth Action Team is Recruiting!

The Bartow Youth Action Team will be welcoming any high school student in 10th through 12th grade, to join us at our upcoming meeting THIS Thursday March 27th at 7:00 pm at 140 Douglas Street in Cartersville. Check out this article to learn more about the team and what we are up to!

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For more information about the team, contact Christa Gilmore at cllayton@dhr.state.ga.us or call/text her at 770.546.9510

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!

Community Watch tv pic



Buzzed? Am I talking about that feeling we are all probably STILL  experiencing after absolutely stuffing ourselves with turkey during Thanksgiving? You may still be experiencing a turkey coma; however, the buzz that I’m referring to is due to alcohol! December is National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month! That’s a lot of words that you may or may not understand, but I’m about to give you the rundown on the importance of understanding not only what all of those words mean, but the importance of supporting this message year round!

Drunk or drugged driving means getting behind the wheel of a car, motorcycle, boat, or anything with a motor after drinking alcohol. The consequences can be catastrophic, so buzzed driving is drunk driving!buzzed drivingNational Commission Against Drunk Driving Statistics
41 percent of all traffic crashes are alcohol-related.
Nearly 600,000 Americans are injured in alcohol-related traffic crashes each year.
Someone dies in an alcohol-related traffic crash every 30 minutes. Every two minutes someone is hurt (non-fatally injured) in an alcohol-related accident.
Three out of every 10 Americans face the possibility of being directly involved in an alcohol-related traffic crash during their lifetime.

drunkdrivingSo, even though we only give this topic one month, please understand that your choices may not only affect you, but anyone around you on the road! I would love if you would all take the pledge and don’t drink and drive! And if you are underage, take our pledge and Rethink the Drink! You can also text:

“Pledge” to 25399

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