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Wednesday, 20 April 2011 00:00

 

My cousin wants to be a professional dancer. She makes me laugh because she is always making up a dance. She is 13 and I think she is so cool. I begged grandpa to take me with her Friday when they went to Charlotte Get Your Move On. They had a dance group – called InterACTIONS performing and my cousin could not wait to see them. They are a group of teenagers who dance to real popular music mixed in with videos.

The dance group performed at a big church on the other side of town. When she came home my cousin said she wanted to join InterACTIONS. My grandma was thrilled that she was so inspired. Now she spends every second of free time practicing, she told me that is what she needs to do to reach her goal.

 

Charlotte Get Your Move on is an annual event hosted by the Teen Health Connection, a nonprofit adolescent healthcare agency. Teen Health Connection provides medical and mental healthcare, and healthcare education for young adults age 11 to 21.

Charlotte Get Your Move On! Is a youth focused initiative dedicated to improving the overall health and quality of life for Charlotte adolescents by empowering them to make positive behavioral decisions.

Numbers about teens YOU should know:

The leading cause of death in teens is:

    1. Car accidents
    2. Suicide
    3. Homicide

Last year 1 in every 8 Charlotte-Mecklenburg School students reported attempting suicide.

 

44% of CMS high school students are trying to lose weight (2009 CDC Youth Risk Behavior).

 

More than ½ of CMS middle school students think bullying is a problem at their school.

 

50% of CMS high school students feel like they matter in our community.

 

80% of 11-18 year olds text in the last week, they would rather text than email.

 

Learn more about Teen Health Connection and the services visit their website or call 704-381-TEEN (8336).

Volunteer

The GEMS (Girls Educated and Motivated for Success) Mentoring Program is a community-based health education program designed to mentor adolescent girls between the ages of 13 and 17.

Mentor Qualifications: Women must be at least 24 years old and able to work with girls from diverse backgrounds.

For more Information Contact: 
Delilah McDonald 
Senior Health Educator
Teen Health Connection
704-381-8370 or 
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