In today’s society it is almost impossible for a teenager to abstain from drugs, sex, and alcohol. The world’s view of drugs, sex, and alcohol makes us believe that it is okay to participate in these risky behaviors. We get constant views in the media of sex and drugs. Especially in the music that we listen to and what we watch on television.
Even though many teens are participating in these risky behaviors a majority of them are not. I am in the majority. I am ready to face the world despite the many temptations that are presented to me every day. Many African American teenage females such as myself are the victims of the worst stereotypes. Many people believe we are doomed to fail since given the fact that the majority of teenagers have to drop out because we have a high rate of pregnancy.
I am ready for the world because I have been faced with many temptations of society and I have made the decision to be different. I surround myself around people that want the best for me. This whole summer I worked with Peer’s Project to help mentor people my age and younger and to help them to choose to live a healthier lifestyle like I did. Therefore I am ready for the world.
By: LaSeptra Campbell , Tindley High School Junior
The PEERS Project has partnered with Radio One to share the stories of several teens and how they choose to live healthy lifestyles. You can hear these stories at: www.youtube.com/peersproject
PEERS has thousands of teen leaders like these around the state who are choosing to avoid risky behaviors. For the next four weeks we will share their stories here.
As a child we were pushed on the swing by our mother, father or a parent figure. For me it was my mother whom always pushed me on the swing. “I’ll give you one underdog then you got to swing by yourself: Ready… set…go,” she shouts as she pushes me as high as she could, and then makes a sudden run under me. Then to the park bench she goes to watch her “little birdy” swing by herself.
Learning how to swing by yourself without that head start of an underdog can be rough at first, but once you get the swing of things it seems pretty simple. You have to learn to be ready for the world even if you don’t feel as if you are quite ready yet. Learning to push yourself can seem as if one of the hardest challenges in the world, but in the end all you really have is yourself and your own two feet to lead you, or swing you as high as you wish to go.
Joining the Peers Project has made me realize that I’m not alone. I may have struggled to push myself as high as I could but I did it, I succeeded. There are many kids who went through or are going through the same things. You’re never alone. I’m ready to jump off the swing and walk by myself. Therefore I am ready for the world and whatever it has to offer for me.
At The PEERS Project there are many lives impacted. PEERS is confident to say that up to one million kid’s lives have been impacted to make healthy lifestyle choices.
It is a treasure to receive encouraging emails and texts from students across the state.
PEERS just received this text about how one life was impacted. We imagine there are many, many more kids around the state that feel the same! Thank you!
PEERS Project is in the following High Schools: Bosse, Castle, Central, ECS, Harrison, North, Reitz, Gibson Southern, Princeton, Wood Memorial, North Posey, Henderson Co., Boonville and Area Home Schools!