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Georgia Teen Institute

Georgia Teen Institute

The Georgia Teen Institute is an initiative of GUIDE, Inc., a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. The philosophy of the Georgia Teen Institute is set upon the following principles:

1 Teenagers are capable people who, with proper guidance and direction, become capable adults;

2 Potential problems with health, safety and wellness (such as alcohol and other drug use, crime, dropping out or motor vehicle crashes) can be reduced through appropriate prevention strategies. Research indicates that peer-led initiatives are particularly effective with the average youth population; and

3 Youth are important resources to their communities. They need to be given opportunities to contribute in meaningful ways.

ZenYouth_GreenShirts2_webWith this in mind, Teen Institute can provide Georgia teens and their supporters with the skills, information and strategies they need to address community issues and develop appropriate courses of action.

The Georgia Teen Institutes seek to reduce the frequency of underage alcohol use, tobacco and other drug use, and other self-destructive behaviors by guiding students to realize their leadership potential, learn new skills, and to become empowered to create change in their schools and communities.

GTI is dedicated to providing young people with opportunities to become strong leaders. At GTI, we firmly believe that middle and high school students are not the leaders of tomorrow, but rather they are the leaders of today. These students know best what challenges exist in their schools and communities; they are the ones who walk through the hallways and down the streets each day. Accordingly, they must be the ones to create change.

Through the Georgia Teen Institute programs, students learn to look at challenges not as roadblocks to be feared or ignored, but as opportunities to be embraced and overcome. Furthermore, students are given the chance to work in a climate that puts them in control with adults there as guides and advocates for their vision. Students leave GTI programs with a sense of confidence, purpose, and motivation that continues on throughout the school year- and also throughout their lives.