The winter months and holidays are a stressful time in addition to the challenges brought on by the pandemic. Our Community Winter Flyer shared healthy tips, remote learning tips, self care tips, as well as positive messaging with our peers and community to support their mental wellness. We partnered with Lynnfield Public Schools Food Service Program and disseminated 250 flyers!
Our December 2020 Citizens Inn Personal Care Drive was a great success collecting 500 personal care items to support their continued mission of ending hunger, homelessness and supporting families affected by substance use. We learned from Citizens Inn that due to the pandemic their needs have grown by 369%.
“BE IT” an activity that is a critical and thoughtful in examining ones actions -or personal brand- which affects how he or she is perceived and influences others. We created personal slogans as a reminder and reinforcement of consistency between our personal beliefs and personal actions.
"TAG IT" helps us increase our awareness of influences in their environment and how influences may prompt them to make decisions – both positive and negative, healthy and unhealthy.
We learned the importance of intentional activities that take care of our mental, emotional, and physical health creating a Self Care Plan.
We created "Wellness Wednesday" posts to share our own positive messaging around self care and resources to support mental wellness with you through the month of December on our Social Media pages.
We painted 100 rainbows with our A Healthy Lynnfield Middle School leaders in partnership with Marketstreet to celebrate Pride Month.
We presented Youth Focus Group findings to our School Committee highlighting the protective and risk factors we found in the reports.
Check out our ever changing Wellness Board in the Lynnfield High School hallway for wellness initiatives and tips.
We recognized four Champion for Youth throughout the month of April, Madame Seavey, Mr. Dibiase, Mr. Campbell, and Ms. Gordon.
A Champion for Youth is Someone Who: Expresses Care, Challenges Growth,
Provides Support, Shares Power, and Expands Possibilities for Youth.
For our Above the Influence Campaign we created a peer messaging video of 21 reasons why we stay Above the Influence. We challenged 21 of our peers to identify positive influences in their life to share in our video campaign.
We had an opportunity to present to our local Selectboard and highlight our year activities and successes as well as award Selectman Dalton and Selectman Crawford as Honorary Champion for Youth for pioneering substance use prevention in the community.
21 Lynnfield High School Students letting us know "Why they Stay Above the Influence"
Presentation of Youth Focus Group Results
Hi, my name is Evyenia Georges! I am a sophomore at Lynnfield High School. When I grow up, I hope to go into a profession that involves math and science. I have lived in Lynnfield for thirteen years. One of my favorite things about living in Lynnfield is how small the community is and how close-knit the people are. Being a part of the A Healthy Lynnfield Youth Council is important because I see the impact that we can have on our community. In the Youth Council, we can work to promote awareness about substance misuse to our fellow students. I believe that our work can be more successful in the youth when it is promoted by students. We must create a message for all students that will stick with them for life. Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts”. This quote stands out to me because I believe that each day is like a new sheet of paper with new opportunities to succeed.
Grade at Lynnfield Highschool: 10
How Long you have lived in Lynnfield: 12 years
Why being in AHL is important to me: I like the idea of having a positive impact and being involved in the community.
Favorite Quote: "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain"
Favorite thing about Lynnfield: I like the way everyone can come together and help each other for important things!
What I hope to be when I grow up: A politician or a pediatric doctor
Grade at Lynnfield High School: 10
How long you have lived in Lynnfield: 10 years
Why is being a part of the Youth Council important to me: Being a part of the Youth Council is important to me because I am passionate about advocating for substance abuse prevention and bettering the mental health of my community. Both of these issues have affected me and friends/family so being able to create change is important to me.
Favorite quote: "Books! And cleverness! There are more important things-friendship and bravery." - Hermione Granger
Favorite thing about Lynnfield: The close-knit community and how we come together to create change
What I hope to be when I grow up: Field/Trauma Surgeon