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TTI at a Glance

The overall goal of the Tennessee Teen Institute is to promote the development of a healthy, safe and drug-free lifestyle by impacting the attitudes and behaviors of our youth in the areas of alcohol, tobacco, drug abuse, and violence. TTI facilitates this by having young people develop Action Plans to implement prevention projects and programs in their schools and communities. TTI focuses on youth leadership skills and empowerment as key strategies to prevent underage alcohol and drug use.

TTI 2017 is June 18-23th at The University of Tennessee at Martin

 

 

About us


The Tennessee Teen Institute is a five-day camp to provide education and training in youth development, leadership and prevention. TTI offers various formats of training including workshops, seminars, and activities that help young people grow to be strong, healthy individuals who will have the skills needed to make a difference in the community in which they live. TTI 2015 hosted approximately 400 teen leaders, adult advisors, and TTI staff. These participants leave TTI motivated not only to make healthy decisions in their own lives, but also committed to work so that others are making healthy decisions as well.


Teen Institute Mission


The mission of Tennessee Teen Institute is to unlock the potential of the youth of Tennessee to lead by example and to take a proactive role in bringing about positive changes. TTI challenges young people to unlock their potential by giving them the skills, knowledge, and attitudes they need to make healthy choices, build positive relationships, and contribute to their schools and community in a meaningful way.


 

 

Objectives

• To decrease the number of teens who use substances.
• To prevent onset of substance use.
• To increase one’s self-esteem.
• To increase awareness of substance abuse related risk factors.
• To increase resiliency factors (factors which help maintain a healthy lifestyle).
• To develop cultural competence.
• To develop leadership skills.

What Happens at TTI?

• General information sessions
• Interactive workshop sessions
• Team-building activities
• Student focus groups
• Student focus team presentations
• Recreational activities
• Community Action Team meetings

FUN! FUN! FUN!

Who should apply?


• Youth who are serious about making a change in their schools /communities
• Youth who are alcohol, tobacco and drug free
• Youth who show leadership qualities
• Adults who are concerned about their youth in local schools and communities
• Adults who enjoy interacting with youth

 

Our Programs

Tennessee Teen Institute

The Tennessee Teen Institute is a five-day camp to provide education and training in youth development, leadership and
prevention. TTI offers various formats of training including workshops, seminars, and activities that help young people grow to be strong, healthy individuals who will have the skills needed to make a difference in the community in which they live. TTI 2012 hosted approximately 400 teen leaders, adult advisors, and TTI staff. These participants leave TTI motivated not only to make healthy decisions in their own lives, but also committed to work so that others are making healthy decisions as well.


Blake McMeans

It has been estimated that over three million teenagers are out and out alcoholics. Several million more have a serious drinking problem that they cannot manage on their own. That is why Blake began speaking to students about making good decisions.
Blake McMeans’s life changed forever in an alcohol related automobile accident. He is primarily confined to a wheel chair. His dreams of becoming a professional athlete are gone forever. In fact, he will never play tennis again.
Today, his passion has become speaking to young people and compelling them not to make the choices he made. He speaks in high schools across the country, using his life story to convince students not to drink and drive or ride with someone who has been drinking.

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Tennessee SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions)

For 30 years, SADD has been committed to empowering young people to lead education and prevention initiatives in their schools and communities. Founded as Students Against Drunk Driving in 1981 in Wayland, Massachusetts, SADD has grown to become the nation’s dominant peer-to-peer youth education and prevention organization with thousands of chapters in middle schools, high schools and colleges. In 1997, in response to requests from SADD students themselves, SADD expanded its mission and name and now sponsors chapters called Students Against Destructive Decisions. SADD continues to endorse a firm “No Use” message related to use of alcohol and other drugs. With its expanded focus, SADD now highlights prevention of all destructive behavior and attitudes that are harmful to young people, including underage drinking, substance abuse, impaired driving, violence and suicide.

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Tennessee Safe Driving Coalition

We are a coalition of people who are trying to educate parents and teens about the safety that should be practiced on the highway. We want our teens to be able to make educated decisions, and correct judgment while driving. The National Safety Council (NSC), The Allstate Foundation, and Jackson Area Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependency (JACOA) have joined together to continue the Tennessee Teen Safe Driving Coalition (TTSDC). Our mission is to establish a culture of safe teen driving based on the proven principles of a Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) system in order to end crashes, injuries, and deaths involving teen drivers on our roads. TTSDC will strive to engage, educate and mobilize teens and communities to work collectively to develop and improve teen driver safety programs, practices, and activities on proven principals.

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