Teen Talk of Rhea County – Promoting youth awareness on the importance of making healthy choices.
A shared concern for the health and well-being of our youth, grew into the organization of Teen Talk of Rhea County. The group aims to promote youth awareness on the importance of life setting goals and making healthy choices. Formed as a subcommittee of Rhea County Health Council, the group has met regularly and worked diligently to plan and organize a Teen Maze program to be held March 27th at Dayton City School.
Our goal in hosting a Teen Maze in Rhea County is to give students a firsthand outlook in that every choice they make, whether positive or negative, has a consequence.
Kim Travis – Teen Talk of Rhea County Co-Chair
“With today’s technology of texting, Instagram, and even video games, we live in a world where reality is blurred. Some think nothing of saying and doing hurtful things to each other because what they’re doing doesn’t feel real. Our goal in hosting a Teen Maze in Rhea County is to give students a firsthand outlook in that every choice they make, whether positive or negative, has a consequence,” states Teen Talk of Rhea County Co-Chair Kim Travis.
The Teen Maze event will pose scenarios to students where choices have real-life consequences. The program is designed to educate students on the gravity of abstaining from risky sexual behavior, drugs, alcohol, tobacco, and educating the importance of making healthy life choices.
Our youth in Rhea County are faced with many temptations these days and our goal is to educate them with real life scenarios and choices before they face reality.
Dana Shaver – Teen Talk of Rhea County Chair
The Teen Maze program has proven effective in other counties such as McMinn and Monroe. The first Teen Maze in Rhea County will be open to Dayton City School this year. Teen Talk of Rhea County Chair Dana Shaver explains, “We are excited about bringing Rhea County’s first Teen Talk Teen Maze to Dayton City School. We are fortunate to have community supporters and volunteers who have enthusiastically jumped on board with funding sponsorship and volunteering their time in order to make this pilot program a huge success. Our goal in 2015 is to include all Middle Schools in Rhea County.”
“Our youth in Rhea County are faced with many temptations these days and our goal is to educate them with real life scenarios and choices before they face reality.”
Community support has been overwhelming thus far with volunteers including: Family and Sessions Judge Jimmy McKenzie, Women’s Care Center, The Edge of Rhea County, Children Services, First Bank of TN, Southeast Bank & Trust, Centerstone Counseling, HUGS, Sheriff Mike Neal and the Rhea County Sheriff’s Dept, and the Rhea County Anti-Drug Coalition.
Teen Talk of Rhea County needs your support in ensuring the event is successful. If you are serious about encouraging positive choices, please consider becoming a sponsor.
Feature photo above, front row from left – Christine Ralph, Theresa Jorgenson, Kim Travis, Dana Shaver. Back row from left – Samantha Crisp, Andrea Sansone, and Christy Henessee