This enthusiastic and ambitious group of high school and college students has provided so much guidance and candor regarding teen health concerns and misconceptions, about how teens would be receptive to receiving and interacting with health information on social media, as well as helping to solicit input from their friends and others. With their efforts, we came up with a huge list of topics to cover in future posts, some great ideas for a logo contest, ideas about how to build up a YouTube channel, and more. We spread the word about Real Talk, collected misconceptions that teens had about certain health questions (HPV vaccine, Plan B, etc) and addressed them here, and started to create a presence on Instagram. I am now working my way through the rest of the huge list of ideas that they had generated individually and as a group.
We celebrated the end of the project with a T-shirt decorating party. Unfortunately not everyone could make the party, but most were able to attend. The group wanted to celebrate the end of the summer project with the fabulous idea that decorating T-shirts would be a great way to spend some time together, as well as to make something to help get the word out about Real Talk and Teen Health. We had a gorgeous afternoon for it, and in the process, I was reminded again that teaching and learning goes both ways! I certainly was NOT a tie-dye expert, and they all were the teachers here! As with many things, practice, practice, practice is in order!
SO, a great big THANK YOU to all of you, and best wishes for a happy, productive and HEALTHY school year!
Aysha Aslan, Senior Young Adult Advisor, Sophomore at West Chester University
Morgan Coursey, Summer Advisor, Senior at Radnor High School
Lauren Fosnocht, Summer Advisor, Sophomore at Baldwin School
Christiane Johnston, Summer Advisor, Junior at Radnor High School
Devon Kinney, Summer Advisor, Junior at Coatesville Area Senior High School
Sarah Wannenburg, Summer Advisor, Senior at Radnor High School
PS: I am always looking for interested young people to share their ideas and opinions regarding teen health, and using social media to make useful information easily accessible. Interested? Let me know in the comments here, or via Twitter, Tumblr, Pheed, or Instagram.