- The partnership unites two youth-based nonprofit organizations to benefit the community.
- Teens who interact face-to-face are less likely to report depression and attempt suicide
ELK GROVE, Calif., August 3, 2018 / Press Release / – The Elk Grove Teen Center USA and Face2Face Youth Group jointly announced today that they have signed an agreement to provide more activities for teens and pre-teens. Face2Face Youth Group will hold events at the Elk Grove Teen Center, expanding the number of youth it already serves, and the Mobile Teen Center USA will be sent to outdoor events hosted by Face2Face.
“The Teen Center is well-known in the community as a safe place for teens to go,” said Margaret Arsenault, Face2Face Youth Group CEO. “We’re excited about giving more teens the chance to get together, have fun and interact face-to-face!”
“The excitement to partner up with Face2Face is mutual,” says Goldeen Smith, the Executive Director of Teen Center USA, Elk Grove. “Only good things can come out of the collaboration of two like-minded organizations that have a similar heart and passion to empower and encourage the youth in our community. Not only that, but the Teen Center also gets a chance to lift up Face2Face as they are a new nonprofit on the scene and help to give them a platform to reach a segment of teens that have yet to be reached by the Teen Center.”
Upcoming Face2Face events at the Teen Center include a Speed Friending event, art classes, documentary screenings, and Boys/Girls Talk discussion groups. Face2Face events at the Teen Center will be open to the public and will be free or discounted for Teen Center members.
It’s not just about playing games and goofing off, however, say the directors. It’s about improving the social and emotional well-being of youth. Between 2010 and 2015, the number of U.S. teens showing symptoms of depression or engaging in self-harm increased more than 30 percent (source: Clinical Psychological Science, Jan 2018).
“Research shows that teens who spend more time in ‘offline’ activities are less likely to report mental health issues,” said Mark Arsenault, co-founder of Face2Face Youth Group. Mark points out that previous generations of youth typically went outside or to a friend’s house to play. They went to a library to do research and went to a theater to see a movie. Today, all those things are literally in the palm of your hand.
“Many kids see little incentive to get out and spend time with real people,” Mark added, “and that’s impacting their health. Our generation has a responsibility to model good behavior for young people but we have to meet them where they’re at. Why not have fun doing it?”
To further ensure that area youth receive the support they need, all the staff of both organizations are certified in Youth Mental Health First Aid, or soon will be, say the directors. The training program is designed to teach caregivers how to help an adolescent who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis.
For more information, visit the Teen Center USA website at https://www.teencenterusa.org or the Face2Face Youth Group website at http://face2faceyouthgroup.com.
About Face2Face Youth Group
Face2Face Youth Group, Inc. is a California 501(c)(3) charitable and public benefit nonprofit corporation. Its mission is to improve the social and emotional well-being of youth. To do this, Face2Face Youth Group encourages youth to spend less time on electronic devices, like smartphones, and more time at “offline” activities and events.
About Elk Grove Teen Center USA
Teen Center USA exists to communicate the importance of education, public responsibility, physical fitness, and faith to young people. At Elk Grove Teen Center USA, we’re committed to creating a place where every young person can easily realize their value and potential. We believe that providing children a nurturing environment is essential to their overall development. Our goal is to shape the way they live their lives and teach them the fundamentals of social responsibility and healthy living.
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