I had been diagnosed with major depressive disorder and generalized anxiety disorder three years prior to coming to college. When I arrived, I tried to convince myself that I could break free from my history of depression and anxiety by living away from my family and creating a new life for myself outside of home.Read More
Blog entries from teen and young adult contributors written for SBFC
1. Affects of Alcohol & Marijuana on the Brain: Alcohol and marijuana are two of the most common drugs that teens and young adults consume. Most people believe that marijuana has little to no effects on the brain, whereas alcohol is damaging. However, with both drugs there are some damaging long-term effects.Read More
Our summer 2016 video contest prompt was, "show us a pass on it fail, and a win." Jillian Reed of Mira Costa HIgh nailed it with this video entry. She also won a $100 cash prize.
Our prompt for the 2015-16 winter video contest was "what inspires you to say "I'll pass" to drugs and alcohol"? For our video winner, Leo Freese, it's doing urban skate tricks. Though we can't endorse his use of public parks and parking lots, we are amazed by his skills and his dedication to his passion. Leo won $100 for his video. Hoping he uses it toward skate parks in the future. :)
An authentic story from our 2016 POI Blog winnter.
I grew up with an alcoholic mother. I grew up not knowing if someone was going to be able to pick me up from school that day and not being able to understand why nobody cared enough and would leave me alone to fend for myself.Read More
Going off to college is a big step in your life on many levels. Whether you’re close to home or not, there are a lot of changes that you make on personal, social and academic levels. A major part about going to college is the fact that there will be alcohol.Read More
All throughout my early life, my mom consistently reminded me of a few key rules I should follow, perhaps the most important being that I should be nice to everyone. Be nice without expecting anything in return, and especially be kind in the face of those who are not. It was one of those ideas that I always kept somewhere in the back of my mind but didn't really pay much attention to. After all, I generally had always just tried to be a good person, though admittedly I didn't try very hard to go out of my way to be nice... Typically, this would be the part of the story where I say that I learned being kind in the face of rudeness works, and that I am forever changed to be the happiest and most kind-hearted person there is, vowing to destroy darkness from the world. But you know what? That didn't happen.Read More
If I could turn back the clock, I would have passed on drinking in high school and using drugs. Although I heard this in high school and paid no mind, this is important: If people make fun of you for not wanting to drink or not wanting to use drugs, then they may not be people you want to spend time with.Read More