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How did Jeffco Teens start?
During the initial COVID-19 shutdown in March of 2020, the Jeffco Communities That Care youth interns wanted a way to virtually connect with their peers. The goal was to promote specific actions youth can take to help themselves deal more positively with stressful situations and promote unwinding, physical health, connection, and calming anxiety as recommended by the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. As a result, the @jeffco_teens Instagram page was created (originally called @jeffco_ctc) to reach a youth audience and, shortly after, www.jeffcoteens.org as a landing page to house all created posts.
Goals for the initial 4-week Instagram challenge
Encouraging actions to enhance well-being
Social norming of those actions through sharing on social media
Coping- coping with siblings, coping with parents; Dealing with boredom
Grief, worry & loss-- things that they no longer can do; loss of traditions; things they can never "get back"; Ill family members and friends; death of family members and friends
Connecting and reaching out-- Maintaining social connections; Opportunities to help in everyday & safe ways
Needs: Ways to get support; resources; exercise
What kind of opportunities do we now promote?
Free and/or paid. (No activities teens must pay for!)
Teens have opportunities to actually do things. (No listen-only activities.)
Teens are able to make a real contribution or learn a new skill.
Teens are recognized &/or rewarded for their contributions.
Note that we only post already scheduled activities!
How can I submit an opportunity?
What is the point of the data page?
What is social norming?
Social Norming is built on the concept that most students engage in and want to engage in positive, healthy behaviors, but they believe their peers engage in negative, unhealthy behaviors. As a result, many students do things they personally believe are wrong in order to gain acceptance by their peers. Social Norming works by using “positive peer pressure” to educate students about what positive, healthy behaviors are truly acceptable by their peers. These behaviors and beliefs about perceived norms of behavior among peers are determined through a school-wide survey conducted at the school. Our healthy relationship campaigns focus on the six types of abuse: physical, emotional, sexual, stalking, financial/economic, and digital. We also ask questions supporting protective factors such as,” I showed my partner respect and that I value them”, “it is each partner’s right to have friends outside of the relationship”, and “In the last year, have you spoken with an adult who encourages you?”.