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Tahoe Youth outreach team working to spread the word

Kathy Martinez
Provided to the Tahoe Daily Tribune. Members of the Tahoe Youth & Family Service Outreach Team provide helpful information to teens in the community. From left are Mac Cerceo, youth advocate; Cheyanne Lane, outreach coordinator; Laura Salinas, volunteer; Jaquie Martinez, volunteer; and Kathy Martinez, youth advocate.

Sex, drugs, alcohol and parties, these are all the things teens are interested in, right? Sure, but they are interested in it because of what other kids are saying about them. We know that kids and teens are not always the most reliable source of information. Tahoe Youth & Family Services has an outreach team, which I am part of.

The outreach team provides helpful and interesting information about sex, drugs, alcohol, safe partying, bullies, suicide, running away, Safe Place and much more to teens in the community. We journey through town handing out fun, helpful, and useful information in the form of stickers, small pamphlets, and comic books. The information that is handed out comes in small pieces of paper, so that kids can easily fit them in their pockets and purses. All information come with the 24-hour crisis line number, which is (800) 870-TYFS, and/or other useful numbers, depending on what the information is about.

Casinos, skate parks, community centers, and community events are where you will find the outreach team. As part of the team, I am proud of all my co-workers because they dedicate themselves to reaching out to kids who are high-risk for running away or of doing other dangerous things. I know that by our reaching out to teens they now know that they have a community of support (that they are not alone) and there are more options and choices for them to choose from.

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