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Our Mission

We are dedicated to providing opportunities for youth to become strong leaders. At T.I., we believe that our youth are the leaders of TODAY. They know what challenges exist in their communities; they are the ones who walk through the hallways and down the streets each day. They are the ones to create change.

Principles and Philosophy

The philosophy of Teen Institute is set upon the following principles:

  1. Teenagers are capable people who, with proper guidance and direction, become capable adults;
  2. Potential problems with health, safety and wellness (such as alcohol and other drug use, crime, dropping out or motor vehicle crashes) can be reduced through appropriate prevention strategies. Research indicates that peer-led initiatives are particularly effective with the average youth population; and
  3. Youth are important resources to their communities. They need to be given opportunities to contribute in meaningful ways.

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.

Our Goal

The goal of the Heart of New York Teen Institute is to provide education, training and motivation in an effort to assist teams in:

Developing or enhancing life skills

Designing and implementing effective prevention initiatives which will have a positive impact on alcohol, tobacco and other drug use and other health and safety problems within their communities

Promoting peer-led prevention in school and community activities

This goal is to be accomplished through:

  • Providing relevant information about alcohol, tobacco and other drug use and other high-risk behaviors;
  • Providing activities which develop and enhance positive concepts and life skills;
  • Providing experiences which increase the knowledge and appreciation of healthy alternative activities;
  • Encouraging youth empowerment and mobilization through continued involvement in local and state prevention activities; and
  • Establishing a youth network for prevention in New York.




Get Connected

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