Indiana program helps teens open up about life’s pressures

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NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (April 16, 2014)– We all know that our teenage years can be some of the hardest, so groups across the state are getting teens to talk to each other about their pressures.

Alise Walker and Tenasha Stephens are stepping up in a way all of our teens can learn from, as they become leaders among their peers.

“Making the right decision is important because based on that decision, it can tell you where you end up in life,” Stephens said.

The two are among many student leaders with SADD, Students Against Destructive Decisions. They got together hundreds of students in Noblesville this week to see presentations, take a pledge and most importantly, to talk to each other.

“Sometimes … if they’re just hurting or they’re going through something, they look away from what they should do and they find other ways to release their pain,” senior Garrett Craig said.

Our teens face a lot of pressures. According to SADD statistics, 72 percent of students have consumed alcohol by senior year and 10 percent used illicit drugs. Across the country, 16 percent of violent crimes involve teens.

Teacher Jeanne Page encourages parents to ask what’s happening at your child’s school and encourage them to talk with peers and set good examples.

“Student talking to student, it’s just a casual conversation,” Page said.

For more information about SADD and how to start a chapter in your own school, visit this website.