April 3, 2012
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Oh Happy Day! – Birthday Time Capsule

Submitted by Kendra Hibler, Health Educator at Teen Matters Jackson

So, today is my birthday and ever since I got my Happy Book, I’ve been writing a Time Capsule on my birthday – this is my 3rd year. Here’s what I do: I write a letter to myself all about my life right now, then I seal it up and put it away somewhere that you can’t get to easily (like behind a picture frame or taped to the inside of your closet). You can open the letters every year or save them for 5 years or 10 years or whatever – I think I’m saving for 5 years. Then, you’ll have a perfect record of your life once a year. Here’s some topics to get you started:

  • What’s on your iPod
  • What book you just finished reading
  • What you’re wearing as you write
  • What you’re most worried about
  • Your most recent best moment
  • Who you’re crushing on
  • How you’re doing in school
  • What your siblings are up to
  • What you’re looking forward to for the next year!

March 31, 2012
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Earth Hour 2012

Earth Hour is this amazing global movement to bring awareness to climate change through a simple, organized action – turn off the lights for 1 hour. Every year, people all over the planet pledge to turn their lights off for a specific hour – all at the same time! What an awesome way to show support for something that is impacting all of us. Here’s what Earth Hour had to say about climate change:

“Global warming is the greatest threat facing our planet today. A warming planet alters weather patterns, water supplies, seasonal growth for plants and a sustainable way of life for us, and the world’s wildlife. Climate change has already started, but it’s not too late to take action. There’s still time for us all to be part of the solution.”

So, how easy would it be to turn the lights off for an hour? Click here to see how you can get involved in Earth Hour – and show the Earth some love!

March 30, 2012
by TM-Info
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Jackson County Spring Break Events: Trapeze Workshop & UGA Tour!

Teen Matters is hosting two events during the spring break for Jackson County schools: a trapeze workshop at Canopy Studio on Wednesday and a walking tour of the UGA campus on Thursday. Space is limited, so register today!

Want to invite others to these events? Share our Facebook invitations or print a flier to distribute!

Free transportation from the Teen Matters clinic in Jefferson is available. Students who need transportation should also print out the Parent Letter and Permission Slip and have a parent or guardian sign it. Students who do not need transportation do not need a signed permission slip but should still register online.

March 29, 2012
by TM-Info
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Reminder: Sign Up for P.R.I.D.E. Driver Education Course!

Just a reminder that Teen Matters Elberton is sponsoring a P.R.I.D.E. (Parents Reducing Injuries and Driver Error) parent-teen driver education course on Tuesday, April 10th, from 6:00pm – 8:00pm at the Elbert County Civic Center.

Registration is first-come, first-served, so click here to sign up now!

Your registration will be confirmed by e-mail or phone call. Classes begin promptly at 6:00pm and will be held at:

Elbert County Civic Center
148 College Avenue
Elberton, GA 30635

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Georgia teens ride with P.R.I.D.E.!

March 26, 2012
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The Case for Girls

Submitted by Kendra Hibler, Health Educator at Teen Matters Jackson

I get this magazine and it’s the most amazing thing ever! It’s called Fast Company and it’s all about technology and business and innovation and jobs and awesomeness. It’s hard to describe, but it takes me hours to read it because it’s so fascinating that I read the entire thing at least twice!

Anyway, there was this super cool article in the December issue about “branding” girls. No, not branding like cattle – branding like promoting the image of girls, like how Coke and Victoria’s Secret and Nike are all brands. Each brand has a different image; you think different things about the product based on marketing and ads.

Well, girls have typically been thought of as a “lesser product” than boys. So lame. Well, this article talks all about how awesome girls are and how we could “re-brand” girls in a more positive light. Here are some awesome things about girls:

  • Girls now make up almost 60% of college graduates in the U.S.
  • The number of girls/women on a team leads to better performance, having a bigger impact than team IQ score!
  • Programs and projects aimed at girls/women show a 90% return on investment (compared to 30 – 40% for projects targeting boys/men).

Girls have some seriously amazing things going on! But, women still earn less than men at the same jobs and fathers-to-be still say they would rather have a boy baby! What’s up with that?

So, Fast Company challenged some of the top advertising companies to come up with fake magazine ads about how great girls are and here are some of my favorites! Moral of the story: don’t forget how incredible you are!

March 23, 2012
by TM-Info
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Ask the Health Educator – New Site Feature!

Got questions about your body, staying healthy, eating right, sex and relationships, exercise, or anything else? Ask us!

We’ve got a new feature on the site: the Ask the Health Educator box! Just type your question in the box and click “submit”. A real, live health educator from Teen Matters will receive your question and post an answer on the site in a few days. The questions are submitted anonymously (meaning we don’t know who you are), so don’t be shy – ask us anything!

And don’t forget – if you need a faster response, you can always text us at 706-410-8558.

March 22, 2012
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Georgia Teens Ride with P.R.I.D.E.!

Teen Matters Elberton is sponsoring a P.R.I.D.E. (Parents Reducing Injuries and Driver Error) parent-teen driver education course on Tuesday, April 10th, from 6:00pm – 8:00pm at the Elbert County Civic Center.

Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis, so sign up today!

Your registration will be confirmed by e-mail or phone call. Classes begin promptly at 6:00pm and will be held at:

Elbert County Civic Center
148 College Avenue
Elberton, GA 30635

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March 19, 2012
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DisneyBound for Fun!

Submitted by Kendra Hibler, Health Educator at Teen Matters Jackson

This post today is 100% for funsies! I’ve been seeing a lot of these “fashion collages” from DisneyBound recently, so I finally went to the actual website and it’s so adorable! This girl has put together hundreds of real-life looks based on Disney movies and characters! Here’s a sample of some of my favorites…who’s your favorite Disney character?