With this in mind, our program can provide youth and their supporters with the skills, information and strategies they need to address community issues and develop appropriate courses of action.
Teen Institute seeks to reduce the frequency of underage alcohol use, tobacco and other drug use and other self-destructive behaviors by guiding youth to realize their leadership potential, learn new skills and become empowered to create change in their schools and communities.
Teen Institute is dedicated to providing young people with opportunities to become strong leaders. We firmly believe they are NOT the leaders of tomorrow, but rather they are the leaders of today. They know best what challenges exist in their schools and communities; they are the ones who walk through the hallways and down the streets each day. They must be the ones empowered to create change in their schools and communities.
Through our Teen Institute program, youth learn to look at challenges not as roadblocks to be feared or ignored, but as opportunities to be embraced and overcome. Furthermore, youth are given the chance to work in a climate that empowers and guides them as advocates for their vision. Youth leave the Heart of New York Teen Institute with a sense of confidence, purpose and motivation that continues on throughout the year and throughout their lives.