Real Talk for Youth

Real Talk for Youth Real Talk is one of the many programs offered by Aiken Youth Empowerment, a program of Helping Hands, Inc., to help youth make healthier decisions.
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Aiken Youth Empowerment, which is a program of Helping Hands, Inc., has an on-going goal to help children and youth make more responsible decisions about their futures so they grow up to become productive members of our community.

02/11/2020

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02/07/2020

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01/03/2018

Attention Level Up!
Checks are available for pick up today from 1-2p and 3-5p. Please call ahead to be sure that you have a check! Checks are for those that participated in November activities.

Join us at Strong Youth Strong Communities for an interactive session with NFL Hall Of Famers Darrell Green, Aeneas Will...
12/04/2017
Strong Youth Strong Communities Youth Summit- Columbia

Join us at Strong Youth Strong Communities for an interactive session with NFL Hall Of Famers Darrell Green, Aeneas Williams, and Anthony Muñoz as they share real-life experiences that led to success on and off the field on Sat, December 9, 2017 from 10:00 AM – 2:00. The event will be held at Allen University in Columbia, SC. (The van will leave from Helping Hands at 8:45am on the day of the event.)

SYSC is an opportunity for teens to share their perspective on how to build stronger communities. You will participate in breakout sessions with your friends and the Pro Football Hall of Famers to share and discuss challenges with school, at home, or with your peers that are important to you today, and how to overcome these challenges.

Level Up participants must register by Wednesday, December 6th at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/strong-youth-strong-communities-youth-summit-columbia-tickets-39884333114.

Transportation will be provided if needed. Participants must have a permission form completed by a parent or guardian to be transported in agency vehicles. Permission forms will be available in the Helping Hands main office on a first-come first-served basis.

Our second workshop for the month of December will be from 5pm-6pm at Helping Hands on Monday, December 11th!

Join us at Strong Youth Strong Communities for an interactive session with NFL Hall Of Famers Darrell Green, Aeneas Williams, and Anthony Muñoz as they share real-life experiences that led to success on and off the field. Then it's your turn! SYSC is an opportunity for teens to share their perspect...

05/18/2017

Attention Level Up participants! If you did not attend the meeting on May 2, you must attend the session on Friday, May 19th. The session is on Career Readiness and will be held at 4:30pm at Helping Hands. See you there!

04/21/2017

Hey Level Up! participants: March checks are in! Call Ms. Kandace (803-648-3456) before you come by, as you may not have a check ready.

Check pick-up times are from 3:00pm-5:00pm Monday (April 24)

Way to give back to the community and honor the dead, teens! Interested in learning how YOU can get involved with the Le...
01/18/2017
Aiken Youth Empowerment

Way to give back to the community and honor the dead, teens! Interested in learning how YOU can get involved with the Level Up! program? Give us a call: (803) 648-3456!

We can't begin to tell you how proud we are of our Aiken Youth Empowerment and Columbia Urban League Level Up! participants! Their selflessness has continued to be incredible and we are thrilled to see each of them growing, maturing and becoming more responsible in their actions! Read all about their recent volunteer day project here:
http://www.aikenstandard.com/news/youth-clean-up-cemetery-on-martin-luther-king-day/article_2ad0fd36-dce8-11e6-a697-173a39a3f842.html

Teen Life Maze coming to Aiken County students AND guardians December 20th! Learn all about it by clicking the link prov...
12/12/2016
Aiken Youth Empowerment

Teen Life Maze coming to Aiken County students AND guardians December 20th! Learn all about it by clicking the link provided!

http://www.aikenstandard.com/news/teen-life-maze-rescheduled-for-dec/article_588396ee-bd58-11e6-93a1-e7071dbf3eeb.html

ICYMI: Here's a short article from the Aiken Standard covering our upcoming Teen Life Maze! Read it here:
http://www.aikenstandard.com/news/teen-life-maze-rescheduled-for-dec/article_588396ee-bd58-11e6-93a1-e7071dbf3eeb.html

Teens: Need info about relationships, birth control, how to deal with friendships that are on the fritz, college life an...
10/25/2016
Home

Teens: Need info about relationships, birth control, how to deal with friendships that are on the fritz, college life and/or everything else in between? Our friends at Stay Teen have LOTS of great resources for you to find answers! Visit their website today to learn more: http://stayteen.org/

Sex isn't always easy to talk about. But having honest conversations with your partner, parents, or health care provider is an important step—whether you're doing it, not doing it, saying no to it, or figuring out if you’re ready for it. Ask us anything about talking about sex!

Research shows that 43% of LGBTQI high school students have considered suicide. With so many untimely deaths of our nati...
10/05/2016
Trevor Support Center

Research shows that 43% of LGBTQI high school students have considered suicide. With so many untimely deaths of our nation's young people because of bullying, this number is HAUNTING!

October is "National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month!" Know what you can do to help or where you can get help if you know someone or are someone who identifies as an LGBTQI youth through the Trevor Project, "the leading national nonprofit seeking to prevent LGBTQ youth suicide."

http://www.thetrevorproject.org/section/trevor-support-center

The Lifeguard Workshop is a free online learning module with a video, curriculum, and teacher resources for middle school and high school classrooms. The Trevor Project’s Trainings for Professionals include in-person Ally and CARE trainings designed for adults who work with youth. These trainings he...

Did you know that October is "Bullying Prevention Awareness Month?" It was declared a month-long prevention initiative b...
10/05/2016
Teens | StopBullying.gov

Did you know that October is "Bullying Prevention Awareness Month?" It was declared a month-long prevention initiative back in 2006 to educate people of ALL ages and to spread the word that "enough is enough" and help IS out there! Teens: Here are some resources you can turn to if you need tips on what to do!
https://www.stopbullying.gov/what-you-can-do/teens/index.html

Help for teens to earn to address and prevent bullying.

Hey, youth, parents/guardians: Mark your calendar for the upcoming S.E.E.D. day taking place this Saturday on the USC Ai...
09/28/2016
Aiken Youth Empowerment

Hey, youth, parents/guardians: Mark your calendar for the upcoming S.E.E.D. day taking place this Saturday on the USC Aiken campus!

At Aiken Youth Empowerment, a program of Helping Hands, Inc., we're all about getting kids involved in fun and exciting learning experiences! Mark your calendars for the upcoming S.E.E.D. day happening Saturday, October 1st from 10am-3pm at University of South Carolina Aiken! Learn more about this family-friendly day of learning here:
http://www.aikenstandard.com/20160927/160929580/seed-to-focus-on-science-at-usc-aiken-on-saturday-

This story shows the good AND the bad that lies within the walls of schools all over the country and world. Our Aiken Yo...
09/22/2016
Students surprise bullied deaf teen whose backpack was dumped in toilet

This story shows the good AND the bad that lies within the walls of schools all over the country and world. Our Aiken Youth Empowerment Community Educators work REALLY hard to influence their participants to SUPPORT one another, not HURT one another. We hope the bullies responsible in this situation learned a valuable lesson -- that love and compassion conquer all!
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/students-rally-around-bullied-deaf-student-after-backpack-dumped-in-toilet/

A group of Nebraska kids are fighting back against bullying in support of a 16-year-old boy

Were you one of the Aiken High juniors who learned about "STEM Premier" yesterday? If so, what are your thoughts? We wan...
09/20/2016
Aiken Youth Empowerment

Were you one of the Aiken High juniors who learned about "STEM Premier" yesterday? If so, what are your thoughts? We want to hear from you!

Juniors at Aiken High School (Aiken, South Carolina) learned all about the STEM Premier program at a school assembly yesterday.
“It’s really neat,” said James Richter of STEM Premier. “It helps students establish a brand for themselves and communicate their stories. It also links them up to scholarships.”
Read the story from the Aiken Standard here: http://www.aikenstandard.com/20160919/160919514/stem-premier-offers-aiken-county-students-an-opportunity-to-connect-with-colleges-and-companies

Teens using the Pokemon Go app could be in harm's way.
07/11/2016
Aiken Youth Empowerment

Teens using the Pokemon Go app could be in harm's way.

Are you or someone you know using the Pokemon Go app? USA TODAY is reporting several thefts after app users are being lured to Pokestop areas on the app.
http://goo.gl/Adprci

If you're interested in becoming a "Condom Access Point" (CAP) or looking for access to free condoms without being judge...
06/30/2016
Aiken Youth Empowerment

If you're interested in becoming a "Condom Access Point" (CAP) or looking for access to free condoms without being judged, please read the article below!

Read all about it! Aiken Youth Empowerment, a program of Helping Hands, Inc. is setting up condom access points all over Aiken County! Read more about this push to reduce teen pregnancy and STD rates in our community here: http://www.aikenstandard.com/article/20160629/AIK0101/160629419

05/04/2016

Teens, did you know? The Second Judicial Circuit Alcohol Enforcement Team has been cracking down the past few weeks on underage drinking in Aiken County. "During spring break and prom season, and throughout the months of April and May, the team will step up enforcement activities such as alcohol compliance checks,” stated Steven Ryan, Second Judicial Circuit Alcohol Enforcement Team coordinator.
Read the article here: http://www.aikenstandard.com/article/20160420/AIK0101/160429960

A lot of teens think that by dating someone older, they have to "do more" to make their partner happy. You can say no! R...
04/29/2016
Not Right Now

A lot of teens think that by dating someone older, they have to "do more" to make their partner happy. You can say no! Read this article from Not Right Now and empower yourself to make the best decision for YOU!

Want the easy answer? It's "No." Why? It's your body! http://stayteen.org/sex-ed/article/do-i-have-do

Kids: Doing what you love can do a number of great things for you! Staying busy and focused on school work, learning, sp...
02/11/2016
Aiken Youth Empowerment

Kids: Doing what you love can do a number of great things for you! Staying busy and focused on school work, learning, sports and other healthy recreational activities can promote positive relationships with your peers, increase your self confidence and of course, keep you out of trouble! We applaud Lauren's drive and wish her the BEST of luck!

The "High 5 4 Kids" program is a really neat way to highlight hardworking and successful children all over the CSRA! This young lady is on her way to the Regional Spelling Bee on March 7th. Way to go, Lauren! http://www.wfxg.com/story/31192858/high-5-4-kids-lauren-walker#.VrzagjQr0aw.facebook

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