Tag Archives: Teen

NEWS: “Targeting Impulsive Adolescents May Reduce Drinking Problem” and information about addiction

In a recent research study at the University of Liverpool, scientists have shown that young people who show impulsive tendencies are more prone to drinking heavily at an early age. The research team tested inhibitory control, the ability to delay gratification, and risk-taking in more than 280 youth aged 12 to 13 for two years. Those who were more impulsive in the tests went on to drink more heavily or have problems with alcohol later on. Although there is a link between impulsive behavior and adolescent drinking, there is insufficient evidence to support how alcohol could lead to increased impulsive behavior in the short run.  Because of this research, they believe that targeting impulsive personality traits could possibly be a successful approach to preventing alcohol problems in adolescents later in life.

According to the American Psychiatric Association, “addiction is a chronic brain disease that causes compulsive substance use despite harmful consequences”. Drug and alcohol use is the leading cause of preventable disease and premature death in the United States and is also associated with high-risk sexual behaviors and injection drug use.

Alcohol, a legal drug, can produce dangerous effects such as reckless behavior (a leading cause of serious injury and accidental death) when consumed in large quantities.  Besides recklessness, excessive drinking may lead to alcoholism, an illness that is often associated with depression. Although alcoholism can cause serious damage to our bodies, abruptly ending alcohol use in a person who is alcohol dependent can be dangerous. A person who is dependent on alcohol should consult a physician when he or she wants to stop the use of alcohol.

 

ANNOUNCEMENT: Week-long Rugby Camp in San Francisco with Samu Manoa

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The Samu Manoa SFGG Rugby Youth Summer Camp U8-U16 will be at Riordan High School (Archbishop Riordan School, 175 Phelan Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94112) from Monday, July 15, 2013 at 9 AM to Friday, July 19, 2013 at 3 PM (PDT).

Youth can learn rugby and improve their ruby skills for $212 for the week or for $106 for afternoons only. Children ages 6-15 from beginner to advanced levels are encourage to apply. Participants will leave this camp with improved skills, game understanding, and confidence.

Space is limited to the first 100 applicants.

To register online and to find out more information about the camp and the coaching lineup, click here!

Announcement: LGBT Americans and the Affordable Care Act

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The Affordable Care Act helps LGBT Americans by

  • preventing insurers from denying coverage or charging a higher premium because of a pre-existing condition or because someone is LGBT.
  • removing lifetime dollar limits as well as annual limits on coverage.
  • allowing LGBT adults and teens to get screened for HIV and depression without paying co-pays or deductibles. Other preventive services (i.e. cervical cancer screening, obesity counseling, and well-woman visits) are covered at no extra cost.
  • helping more LGBT Americans find affordable health insurance.

NEWS: $100,000 grant awarded from California Alcoholic Beverage Control to battle alcohol-related crime

On July 8, 2013, The Pacifica Police Department announced that the California Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) awarded the <21 Consumption of Alcohol Suppression Team (COAST) Task Force with a $100,000 grant. The grant will fund enforcement activities that will improve the quality of life in neighborhoods by putting bad operators out of business, keeping alcohol away from minors, and penalizing businesses that violate the law. Some police agencies that are involved are Brisbane PD, Broadmoor PD, Daly City PD, South San Francisco PD, and San Mateo PD.

To read the full article, click here.

Jobs for Youth: Scholarship, Internship, and Job Opportunities

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Qualifications:

  • Youth ages 14-21
  • Live in San Mateo County
  • No income eligibility requirements

Jobs for Youth is designed to help youth develop their job search skills. Services that are offered to youth include job preparation workshops that teach youth about resume building and interview preparation, mock interviews with youth employment counselors, job referrals to hiring employers, and volunteer and paid internship opportunities. There is also a special scholarship fund that provides college and vocational scholarships.

For more information on how to apply, click here.