Are Mobile Devices Hurting or Helping Kids?
The truth is, a little of both
A recently released study by the Pew Research Center revealed 78 percent of teens have a cell phone, and 37 percent have smartphones, up from just 23 percent in 2011. The average teen sends about 2,000 texts per month. It's clear our kids have embraced mobile technology, but is that all bad
You Can Help Our Summer Explorers
Provide needed items for day campers
For the second year, YES is seeking donations for 30 "Summer Fun Kits" for our therapeutic summer day camp program called Summer Explorers. The camp provides fun and therapy primarily to kids seen in our school-based counseling programs who need ongoing help through the summer. Most of our campers come from low-income families who struggle with the cost of things that most children take for granted. Donors generously help provide each Summer Explorer with the basics to take full advantage of enriching weekly adventures with YES counselors.
Donations we are seeking include:
- Sun screen
- New water bottles
- Beach towels
- Art supplies
- Tote bags
If you can help, please contact:
BrookeW@YouthEastsideServices.org or call 425.586.2326.
Looking for a Wii Gaming System
YES is looking for a gently used Wii system (console and possibly 2 remotes) to use in some of our school-based programs. The system would help to encourage self esteem, group support, teambuilding, goal setting, and having fun working together. To donate, please click here to email Andrea Frost.
I felt like I had found someplace where I could be safe ... it was the only supportive environment that I had.
Watching myself become someone who enjoyed being here, and didn't want to off themselves every 20 minutes.
Even in my lowest points, even when I was sitting in my counselor's office not wanting to go to treatment ... disrespecting her, disrespecting my family, disrespecting myself, she sat there and said, "I believe in you."
These are some experiences shared by our clients at the Invest in Youth Breakfast on March 19. The event was an outstanding success, thanks to our dedicated Breakfast Committee led by community volunteer Victoria Fanning. Guests were inspired by our parent and client speakers and our keynote presenter, Christopher Kennedy Lawford.
Donations at the breakfast and online gifts made since then now total $513,000. If you were unable to join us at the breakfast, you can still join us in reaching our record-breaking goal of $550,000. Please go to Invest in Youth to donate now. Your contribution benefits uncompensated care and underfunded programs and services, and supports YES in helping at-risk and vulnerable children.
Guests learned more about YES in two short videos: 1) YES in the Community shows our services and where we provide them and 2) What YES Means to US features youth clients sharing the experiences that led them to the agency and how it has transformed their lives.
Watch Gabe's story and see how YES makes a difference in the lives of local families.
In the News
Important information you want to know
With the legalization of marijuana in Washington state, there has been a lot of talk about the effects of cannabis. Synthetic marijuana also continues to be a concern. Read about one teen who narrowly escaped death after smoking synthetic marijuana, packaged as "potpourri," purchased at a gas station.
According to StopBullying.gov, researchers found that middle and high school students who bully their peers or are bully-victims (bully others and are also bullied) are more likely than students who aren't involved in bullying to use alcohol, cigarettes and marijuana. The study appears in Addictive Behaviors.
The largest in-depth analysis of teens on the subject of suicide concludes that one in eight American teens has had suicidal thoughts. One of every 25 has attempted suicide. It's important to keep in mind there are a number of factors associated that are not related to psychiatric illness, such as stressors, culture, support and those involved with the child or adolescent. If you are concerned about a teen, reach out to your local school or YES office.
About Youth Eastside Services
And what we do for kids & families on the Eastside
YES is a nonprofit organization and one of the largest providers of youth & family counseling and substance abuse treatment services in the Puget Sound Region. Our staff are trained and experienced in working with youth and offer a depth of expertise that is hard to surpass. They use proven, evidenced-based and best-practice approaches to help youth become healthy, confident and self-reliant and families to become strong, supportive and loving. We offer comprehensive mental health and substance abuse treatment, prevention and education programs, as well as wrap-around services to help families with basic needs when necessary.
Our services are available in multiple locations around the Eastside and we enjoy partnerships with many nonprofit and government agencies. Since 1968, Youth Eastside Services has been a lifeline for kids and families in East King County, helping to save lives — 24,000 of them, each and every year.
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