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Teenagers can help strengthen their family | These suggestions can help.

  • Spokane teens
    • Spokane teens have one of the highest rates of teen pregnancy in the state.
    • 33% of Spokaneís teens experience depression.
    • 25% of Spokane Co. adolescents reported being in a fight in the last year.
    • Nearly 1 in 5 Spokane Co. adolescents reported they seriously considered attempting suicide in the last year.  (source:  SRHD, Sept 2017, ďA closer look at experiences of violence in Spokane Co.) 

  • In Spokane Valley, 597 children and teens are in homeless situations.  CVSD has 363 homeless students from 206 families.  Over 50% of students are not living with their legal parent or guardian.  (source:  CVSD homeless liaison, January 2018)

What Teenagers Can Do - to help strengthen the family

  • Consider becoming a foster parent for a teenager.  Contact Fostering Washington.

  • For teens, remember to -
Make Good Choices
  • The decisions teens make will have a profound influence on the rest of their lives.  Those decisions are influenced by your parents, friends, neighborhood, school environment, religious groups, and the media. 

  • Collect stories about teenagers doing heroic things or charitable acts of kindness. 

Make Good Friends
  • Choose good friends who share common values and donít use drugs.  We become what we surround ourselves with.  Real friends bring out the best in us, not tempt us to do something we feel is wrong.  Good friends will help you make good choices.
  • Teenagers, especially young girls, feel a lot of pressure to be popular.  Sometimes they have to choose between being a good friend and having good friends, and being popular at school.  
  • To make friends more easily...
    • To have friends, you must be a friend.  Spend time together, and overlook your friendsí shortcomings, just as you hope they will ignore yours.  
    • Don't act as if you are better than anyone else (or even think it).  Behaving like that is the quickest way to NOT make friends.   Remember not to judge harshly those who may be dealing with enormous trials.  
    • You can develop self-confidence (which is the opposite of arrogance) even if you currently have low self-esteem.  Self-confidence is one of the most important attributes that well-liked people possess.  There are kids who are not the most attractive or athletic, but who project a positive self-image and have the ability to laugh at themselves.  Kids like these are always accepted, respected and well-liked, and other people will naturally want to spend time with them.
    • One way to give your self-confidence a big boost is to participate in activities which interest you at school, community or church organizations.  You will make new friends with common interests and values, and you will be happier. 
    • Be friendly and outgoing.  No one likes hanging out with a negative person.  Happiness is one of the qualities that people admire most in others.  People are drawn to others who are warm and cheerful.  
    • Take time to be genuinely interested in the activities, interests and conversations of others, and you will learn to care about and serve others.   Always consider the feelings of others.  Be generous with your time and talents by being the first to help others, and you will enjoy the warm reward of making a difference in the lives of others.

Be Kind to Others
  • Be courteous, and treat everyone with kindness.  Extend a hand of friendship to those around you.  
  • Be kind to your parents and family.  When you realize that your parents are people you can talk to, the wall will come down.  
  • Look for opportunities to serve and help others in your family, neighborhood, school, community, and Church.  As you lift the burdens of others, your own burdens will become lighter.