From sexuality, violence, and drug abuse to family problems, academics and smoking – the stress on today’s youth can be overwhelming. And you remember as a child and young adult – you didn’t want to talk to your parents or teachers about your problems. Instead, you turned to your friends.
One New Mexico organization is giving children and teens the tools and confidence to help their peers through tough times. Natural Helpers provides training in skills such as listening, problem-solving and referring friends to the appropriate adult resources to a select group of students and mentors in local schools. The 25-hour course teaches the volunteers to effectively help their friends and classmates deal with problems like depression, drug abuse and violence. Continue reading Natural Helpers