|Knowledge is Power!
(This month's article is written by Haylee Hedrick, a senior at Jeffersonville High School, who went through the Pure program as a freshman, and again as a senior. We hope you enjoy her story as much as we did and see first-hand what an impact Pure is making on young people thanks to your belief and support.)
Knowledge is power. Having the ability to be well-educated on a topic allows one to know how to respond to the topic. When it comes to teenagers and young adults being knowledgeable about safe sex and safe relationships, it is a very valuable resource. The Pure program provides classes of high school students with this information and prepares today’s youth on how to successfully protect themselves and be their best self.
Having had the program twice in high school, I have two different perspectives. As a freshman, for me, the program was about knowing the dangers of sexual actions and relationships. Learning about how teens get into difficult situations by making not so smart decisions or by not being well educated on the consequences of their actions. As a senior, it was more of a “be aware and be alert” lesson. It was more about recognizing signs and realizing that it is not your fault and that you can save yourself.
As we get older and go onto college, we will develop numerous types of new relationships. This course has allowed me to identify the healthy one versus unhealthy and how to spot early signs of abuse and how to correctly get oneself out of that situation. The message of putting yourself first and thinking before acting was the same both times but the message shifted slightly from freshman to senior year. Freshman year it was sort of a “warning sign” about what can happen and be knowledgeable and now it’s a “proceed with caution” approach, because we are going out into the real world and the stakes are raised and we have to know how to react correctly.
My peers were very receptive to the program and it appeared to even be an eye-opening experience for some that were either in an abusive relationship unknowingly or that knew friends or family members that were on the verge of one. Classmates of mine openly reacted to the role playing scenarios and had fun with them but were also able to discuss and appreciate the message and severity behind the activity.
A friend of mine realized that her past relationships were verbally abusive and that if she would’ve been more aware of the signs, she would’ve ended it long before it actually ended. She also realized how to detect those signs and how to respond if she is ever in that situation again.
The Pure program provides teens with one of the most powerful resources: knowledge. Educating students, preventing situations, and allowing students the ability to recognize signs before one is in danger. Academics are highly enforced in school but being knowledgeable about relationships and how to prepare for the different relationship scenarios is just as important. The Pure program focuses on your well-being and makes sure that you end the course knowing your worth and how to look out for YOU.
Senior, Jeffersonville High School Class of 2019
Pure In the Community
Two New Grants Received
With the tremendous growth and requests for our programming this school year, we were fortunate to find additional funding sources to help with a few of those requests. Thank you so much to Greater North Clark Health Foundation and the Youth Philanthropy Council for partnering with Pure to sponsor students.
Greater North Clark Heath Foundation awarded a grant to Pure to sponsor all eighth grade and twelfth grade students at Charlestown Middle and High Schools. Pictured above is Mikala, a senior at Charlestown High School, who went through the Pure program for the first time this year.
Photo 1) Linda Speed (left), president & CEO of Community Foundation of Southern Indiana, presented a grant from the Youth Philanthropy Council to Sandy Sorrells, development director, at a recent awards reception hosted by the Community Foundation of Southern Indiana. This grant sponsored eighth grade students at River Valley Middle and Hazelwood Middle Schools.
Photo 2) Members of the 2018-19 Youth Philanthropy Council who were present at the Awards Reception. Thank you to each of you and the other members who recognized the value in our program for fellow teens.
Help Us Grow
New Communities - Who do you Know?
This summer we will be holding several Connect2Pure gatherings in several counties as we begin to build some of our current, and new communities. Counties requesting first time programming, or additional programming include:
Scott County - Austin
Washington County - Salem Middle
Floyd County - New Albany High School
Clark County - Clarksville Elementary
Harrison County - South Harrison
Carroll County - Carroll Co. High School
Please be thinking of who you know in any of these areas who would love to learn more about Pure and how they can become involved. You can send their name and contact information to Sandy at email@example.com and we will invite them to the gathering in their community.
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Thank you to the new enrollees for Community Rewards! If you have not yet signed up, please take a few moments to enroll in Kroger Community Rewards and all your grocery shopping will benefit Pure and impact students in your community. Every little bit helps.
Log onto: www.Kroger.com/communityrewards, and sign up choosing Pure Education Initiative. If you need help signing up, call Sandy Sorrells at 502-693-3480 and she will step you through the process. The more participants we have, the greater rewards for Pure.