BIO - Beauty Inside and Out
November 1, 2010

The monthly meeting of the BIO - Beauty Inside and Out  - body image project will be held Monday, November 1st, from 4 - 5:30 at the Academy for Adolescent Health, Inc. office (410 N. Main Street, Washington...corner of N. Main and Gibson).

BIO is funded in part by a grant from the Women and Girls Foundation.

One of BIO\'s projects is an exploration of body type/bias towards sizes/gender/race in appearance. The attached document includes art by Alice Burroughs and is part of our learning tool.

Any young person (8th - 12th grade) is welcome.

For more information contact Mary Jo at 412 877 4906

Ambassador for Respect Week
November 8, 2010

The Washington Hospital Teen Outreach announces its fourth annual Ambassador for Respect program. The entire county of Washington, including all 14 school districts and the Alternative School, will participate in a weeklong program promoting respect from November 8 -12, 2010. Each district will participate in grades 4-12. The theme this year is Self-Respect in Cyberspace. Past themes have included Respect for all Races and Self-Respect.

 Nearly 20,000 students participate in an annual ‘pass it on’ activity that encourages recognition of respectful behavior. Peer Ambassadors in the schools model respect and discussions revolve around peer respect, self-respect and the need for respectful behavior on the Internet and when using cellular technology.  54,000 Respect Cards are distributed to students to promote respect in a ‘pay it forward’ response. An annual Respect essay contest is held. Winners in three categories (Grades 4 - 6, grades 7 - 9, and grades 10 - 12) receive $100 and their essays are published in the Observer Reporter newspaper. This year an additional art contest will be held. Art contest winners will be eligible for the same monetary prize. Additionally, winning art work will be used in the 2011 Ambassador for Respect poster campaign.

A kick off meeting entitled Celebration for Respect will be held Monday, October 4, 2010 at First Presbyterian Church, 100 East Wheeling Street, Washington, PA, from 2:30 to 4:00 PM. Teens and youth are invited to participate in a pizza and processing session from 4:00 - 5:00 PM. The kick off is open to the community and will include learning stations promoting conversations on the following topics: Respect for the elderly, respect for youth, respect for people of all races, respect for gender, respect for religion, respect for people based on their sexuality, and self-respect in cyberspace. The Washington Hospital Teen Outreach Real Talk Performers will present a brief educational drama, Unheard Voices.

Please contact Dr. Mary Jo Podgurski, Teen Outreach Director, for more information.

Thank you for promoting this important program. 


Empowering Youth to be Tobacco Free
November 17, 2010

This youth conference will be held on Wednesday, November 17th, 9:30 am to 1:15 pm at The Washington Hospital in the Community Room.  We have invited 5 racially diverse, mixed gender 9th and 10th graders from each Washington County school district.  Our theme is “Empowering Youth to be Tobacco Free”.  Each participant will receive the TATU (Teens Against Tobacco Use) training.  Each school will chose a tobacco-free project to complete at school; successful projects will be recognized at a luncheon on May 18th