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  • NATIONAL TEEN PREGNANCY PREVENTION MONTH

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    It is rare to find such positive trends towards such a large scale issue as the extraordinary declines in teen pregnancy in the United States.  According to the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned pregnancy, since the early 1990s, teen pregnancy and birth rates in the United State have declined by 52% and 57% respectively, and are now at record low levels.

    But despite the rise in all of these prevention measures, it is estimated that nearly 1 in every 4 girls will get pregnant at least once before the age of 20 (source). The issues facing these young moms, their children, and society as a whole carries throughout a realm of potential health and economic issues, from the overall well-being of child and mother, to financial or health issues, to education barriers, and substantial costs associated with teen pregnancy. Parenthood is a leading cause of high school dropout among young women.  We need to continue our work in helping teens to think carefully about the possibility of pregnancy, despite their convictions that it will never happen to them.

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    Effective measures of teenage pregnancy prevention include proper education, family support, open communication, accessibility to contraceptives, and accurate knowledge about sexual health, pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections, and the importance of abstinence (http://thenationalcampaign.org/event/national-day-2015).

    To help teens make safe and healthy choices, check out some of the following resources:
    Office of Adolescent Health: Talking with Teens
    Advocates for Youth
    American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Healthy Children: Teen Dating and Sex
    National Campaign To Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy: Parent’s Portal


  • Girl Scouts Giving Back

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    Wendy Hamilton, Fund Development Director with Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska, contacted Youth Emergency Services (YES) in early November with a simple request: she had a group of dedicated young ladies eager to serve their community, and wanted to give back to YES during the holiday season. The best part? The girls indicated that instead of having their annual holiday party, they wanted to spend their time with YES.

    YES arranged for the group to come out to its Emergency Shelter location, where they helped the youth staying at the shelter prepare for the holiday season. Together they baked Christmas cookies and created homemade ornaments.

    Making cookies with the youth was awesome. It was really laid back and really fun. We all enjoyed that the youth jumped right in and they weren’t shy to help us out. The whole thing just felt like a bonding experience even though we had never met them. We had music playing, and certain groups doing certain crafts (baking cookies or making ornaments), but everyone seemed to have a great time. Not only did we get to make new friends, but we got to spend a little holiday time doing some fun activities with them to bring some joy into the season.” – Brittany S.

    It’s so great to see such a young group of individuals recognizing the needs in our community and reaching out to those who could use that extra support! Thanks Girl Scouts!


  • MERRY MEALS

    The holidays are a time of giving. Many people give the gift of time, money, and food. Fortunately for the youth YES serves at the Street Outreach Center, local businesses and companies have been going the extra mile to make sure they have a warm meal this month.

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    It began with a challenge by locally owned restaurant, Sgt. Peffer’s, who asked its customers to help sell 2,000 rolls for Thanksgiving. In return, Sgt Peffer’s would donate a meal to the youth at the Street Outreach Center. Even though they didn’t quite meet their goal, they still generously offered to donate a meal! The youth were overwhelmed with dishes of pasta and rolls. Delicious!

    So what made Sgt. Peffer’s want to help?

    “We love giving back, and after I had heard about Youth Emergency Services and all the things they (you) do, and it sparked our interest. It’s important to have guidance and someone to talk to when you need it. It’s also important to be fed! We decided that giving back to YES would help fulfill our want to pay it forward through our roll sales and to feed the kids and young adults.” – Dana Peffer, Co-Owner/General Manager

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    Each year, ConAgra Foods hosts a fantastic holiday meal for the youth. This year, was no exception. The volunteers served up a warm meal that left everyone with full hearts and stomachs.

    Donations like this are so essential to our mission. Without a stove or oven at the Street Outreach Center, YES is not able to supply a warm meal five days a week without help from the community. Each day, we are blessed by abundant support from individuals, community groups, and businesses. Thank you!


  • YOUTH ART: CAELI

    Art provides an outlet for many of the emotions youth in our program are facing. Below are two pieces by Caeli, a youth in YES’ programs.

    Caeli - Anchor

    Leave your troubles at the bottom of the sea.

    Caeli - Music

    Music is the universal language of the soul.


  • #MORETHANJUSTANUMBER

    November is National Homeless Youth Awareness month. To spread the word about Youth Emergency Services and the work YES is doing to end youth homelessness in Omaha, we are asking all of our followers, supporters, and donors to sign up for Thunderclap.

    What is Thunderclap? Thunderclap is the first crowd-speaking platform that helps people be heard by saying something together. Basically, Thunderclap allows users to send a one-time, mass social media message to promote a cause, product, or idea. Once signed-up, Thunderclap will send the message on your behalf when the designated time arrives. In our case, that’s November 3 at 6 PM.

    The catch? Our Thunderclap message will only be sent if we get 100 people to sign up. If we only get 65/3/99 people, the message will not send. Once we hit 100, our message is guaranteed to be sent through the social media networks to all of the user’s friends and followers.

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    What’s the message? More than 300 youth live on the streets of Omaha every night, but these youth are #morethanjustanumber. Numbers can be powerful, but the youth behind this number are even more powerful. The youth who come to YES have stories to tell and dreams that they hope to fulfill. The easiest way to end youth homelessness in Omaha is to raise awareness. With Thunderclap, our voice is louder than ever.

    Will you join us?


 

In the News

  • NATIONAL TEEN PREGNANCY PREVENTION MONTH

    It is rare to find such positive trends towards such a large scale issue as the extraordinary declines in teen pregnancy in the United States.  According to the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned pregnancy, since the early 1990s, teen pregnancy and birth rates in the United State have declined by 52% and 57% […]

  • Girl Scouts Giving Back

    Wendy Hamilton, Fund Development Director with Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska, contacted Youth Emergency Services (YES) in early November with a simple request: she had a group of dedicated young ladies eager to serve their community, and wanted to give back to YES during the holiday season. The best part? The girls indicated that instead of […]

  • Girl Scouts Giving Back

    Wendy Hamilton, Fund Development Director with Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska, contacted Youth Emergency Services (YES) in early November with a simple request: she had a group of dedicated young ladies eager to serve their community, and wanted to give back to YES during the holiday season. The best part? The girls indicated that instead of […]

  • MERRY MEALS

    The holidays are a time of giving. Many people give the gift of time, money, and food. Fortunately for the youth YES serves at the Street Outreach Center, local businesses and companies have been going the extra mile to make sure they have a warm meal this month. It began with a challenge by locally owned […]