HEARyouth Teen Resources Fair

Tuesday, April 15, 2014  |  3:00-4:30 pm |  Library Rotunda

Find the information you need for healthy choices. HEARyouth is a group of community agencies who work together to help youth become Healthy, Empowered and Responsible through establishing connections with community resources and services. HEARyouth partners include: Family Service and Guidance Center, KYEA, PARS, Positive Connections, Shawnee County Health Agency, Valeo, Women Empowerment and the YWCA.

Learn more about local resources  for teens

Family Service & Guidance Center is a community mental health center that provides a broad range of services designed to treat common issues experienced by teens, including anxiety, depression, ADHD, behavior problems and transitioning to adulthood. Learn more at www.fsgctopeka.com, www.facebook.com/FSGCTopeka, @fsgctopeka on Twitter or call 785.232.5005.

Prevention and Recovery Services has a mission “to enhance community wellness and safety by providing prevention, intervention, education, counseling and referrals; and to assist in developing partnerships that empower individuals and communities to increase protective factors and reduce risk factors related to substance abuse, crime and other unhealthy behaviors.” Learn more at http://www.parstopeka.com/

Valeo Behavioral Health Care is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization serving Topeka and Shawnee County since 1967 and is the designated mental health authority for Shawnee County. They offer 24-Hour crisis services, and provide mental health, primary care, substance abuse, and problem gambling addictions treatment services for adults.

  • 24-Hour Crisis Hotline 785-234-3300
  • 1 in 4 people experience mental illness in a given year.
  • 50 percent of individuals experiencing a mental illness have a co-occurring substance use disorder.
  • Over 50 percent of students with mental illness age 14+ drop out of school.

Women Empowerment provides free services to female, youth teenagers in Shawnee County. In Her Shoes program is a resource program for teens in need. Those needs could be a couch for transitional living or assistance with senior pictures. Save Your Self is a teen pregnancy and HIV/AIDS prevention program for middle and high school students. Providing young women with tools such as self esteem, leadership, and confidence building to make the decisions to save themselves. The Young Women Advancement Scholarship Fund is available to any USD 501 graduating, college- bound seniors. Back to School Leadership Summit is an event to assist girls with developing skills to become social changers. More information information visit www.womenempowermentks.org or call 785-383-7084

Kansas Youth Empowerment Academy serves youth with disabilities in Kansas. Their mission is to educate, mentor, and support youth with disabilities to be contributing members of their community. Learn more at www.kyea.org.

Housing and Credit Counseling, Inc. is a Kansas non-profit agency specializing in counseling and education for budgeting, credit, debt, bankruptcy, and more. Learn more at http://www.hcci-ks.org/. Classes for youth include: Fourteen Things to Know Before You Leave Home, Renter Prep 101, and Student Survival Guide to Credit.

Shawnee County Health Agency Community Health Promotions Department provide presentations and trainings on a variety of topics including: Diabetes, Sex Education, STDs, Nutrition, Physical Activity, Stress Management, and Family Planning. Teen Group is an education program for people aged 14 1/2 through 19 years of age to come and learn about their bodies with an education specialist. If 17 or under, you must have a signed consent by a parent or legal guardian for physical exams. Learn more at http://www.shawneehealth.org/

Positive Connections (formerly the Topeka AIDS Project) provides HIV/STD prevention programs and medical case management to individuals living with HIV in Northeast Kansas. Medical case managers currently serve about 150 HIV+ individuals by helping them communicate with their doctors, obtain insurance and prescriptions, and overcome other barriers to care  by assisting with shelter, transportation, and nutrition. Its prevention programs include awareness events and community education on HIV, STDs, and sexuality in schools, rehabilitation centers, shelters, and prisons. It also provides FREE confidential HIV testing and sponsor a support group for LGBTQ youth. Beacon Youth Group, which meets from 6:30 to 8:00 every Monday at the TSCPL, is a support, education, and empowerment group for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans* and Questioning (LGBTQ) youth and their straight allies. Beacon provides a safe, alcohol-free social environment where kids can enjoy community-building games and learn more about LGBTQ people, history, and issues. Learn more at  http://www.pcneks.org and http://www.facebook.com/pcneks . Call 785-232-3100  Walk in! 1001 SW Garfield Ave, Suite 4. (Top story of the Marian Clinic building just west of the public library)

Youth LGBTQ/sexuality resources: www.thetrevorproject.org, www.glsen.org, www.itgetsbetter.org, www.advocatesforyouth.org

Lissa Staley

Lissa Staley helps people use the library. She is a Book Evangelist, Health Information Librarian, Arts & Crafts Librarian, Trivia Emcee, Classics Made Modern book group leader, and frequent library customer, especially with her children. She reads a new book every few days, but recently loved Adorkable by Sarra Manning, Fortunately the Milk by Neil Gaiman and Tin Star by Cecil Castellucchi.