I wish Adults Knew...
Empowered U has teamed up with professionals in the community, to address the issues and concerns of the youth.
OneEighty° Youth Panel is Standing Up and Speaking Out.
"We will not be Silent."
Teen Pregnancy Prevention
Roughly 82% of teenage pregnancies aren't planned. Only 38% of teen mothers who have a child before they turn 18 have a high school diploma, and less than 2% earn a college degree by age 30. In 2014, one in six (17%) teen births to 15- to 19-year-olds were to girls who already had one or more babies.
Teen Dating Violence Prevention
Almost one third of teen relationships are characterized as either unhealthy or violent. Nearly 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner in a single year. Among adult victims of rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner, 22% of women and 15% of men first experienced some form of partner violence between 11 and 17 years of age.
Suicide is the second leading cause of death among youth age 15-24. Approximately one out of every 15 high school students reports attempting suicide each year. One out of every 53 high school students reports having made a suicide attempt that was serious enough to be treated by a doctor or a nurse. For each suicide death among young people, there may be as many as 100 to 200 suicide attempts.
Nearly 1 in 3 students (27.8%) report being bullied during the school year (National Center for Education Statistics [NCES], 2013)
Students who experience bullying are at increased risk for depression, anxiety, sleep difficulties, and poor school adjustment (Center for Disease Control [CDC], 2012)
Almost all forms of bullying peak in middle school and then decrease in tenth grade
Jeremy Gadson Jr.
Jay’s future ambition is to become and Neurosurgeon and International Business Man.
“I stay strong in God, every time I tried to give up, I couldn’t. I wasn’t the person to be bullied. I am light and I am hope. I have a purpose and I’m not going to walk there, I’m going to run. There’s no stopping me”
Gabby aspires to attend USC to study nursing and become a midwife.
"Your child’s age does not define their maturity. Do not underestimate your child."
Alexis starting this September will be a student of Savannah College of Arts and Design. She also looks to open an Art Studio in her hometown.
"Parents should stop telling children they are perfect, that is just a set up for failure; no one is perfect. Parents should say that you are beautiful just the way you are."
Jamese attends Benedict University. She is motivated by God, family and her studies. In that order.
"Times have changed. You can't lead a Joshua Generation with a Moses mindset."
Isaac is motivated to become a Professional Soccer player and to explore a career in Psychology.
“Parents are important, even though we may say leave us alone, don’t ever stop. I wouldn’t know how to be a man if it wasn’t for my dad.”
Jordyn is a graduate of Westwood High school and is on track to become real estate agent.
"You never know what someone else is going through, I just hope my story helps someone who may be going through what I went through."