Teens in Action Debut PSA

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Salomé Ureña de Henriquez Campus (SU Campus) in Washington Heights has been buzzing with teen activity over the last few weeks.

For the past year, participants in the Teens in Action Program have worked to bring awareness on topics such as health and beauty to their family and friends.  One of their most successful projects so far has been The Real You, a youth-developed public service announcement (PSA) on body image. After weeks of research online and through peer discussions, the group filmed a talk show that highlights teen perceptions on how society impacts their views on body image. The talk show also discussed eating disorders, body dysmorphic disorder and shared their thoughts on plastic surgery. The teens found that many of their peers agreed that getting plastic surgery such as breast enhancements can improve body image. The majority also agreed that being thin, blond and blue-eyed is what society considers “beautiful.” Most importantly, the film educates the audience on the warning signs of someone with an eating disorder and how to get help for someone.

The group premiered their PSA to family and friends on April 26, and were also honored for their wonderful work.

Most recently, the teens hosted the annual “Spring in Action” community health fair at SU Campus on Saturday, May 4. The goal of the event was to bring together community members to take advantage of the helpful  health information. Many organizations came together to bring health care enrollment, cosmetic care and nutrition programs to the community. Children’s Aid Society home-finding services and foster care staff were on hand to provide assistance and recruit future foster care families. It was a full day of festivities, including face painting, raffles, aerobic instructions, massages and dance battles among adults and youth alike.  

The Teens in Action Program at SU Campus, a Children’s Aid Society community school, provides youth with personal and career development, leadership and community service opportunities.  Teens are the most important information circulators, and these messages about taking care of yourself and knowing when to get help were loud and clear. We are extremely proud of these young people!

Written by Lorena Jimenez-Castro