Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Parent to Parent: Youth Leadership
Teens deal with more peer pressure today than ever before. Drugs, alcohol and bullying are just some of the issues they face. But a local program is giving teens the life skills they need to be leaders. 7s Lynn Martinez shows us in tonight's Parent to Parent.
Today, they are role-playing acting out a scene that happens in too many classrooms.
Sue Colina: "Why are you helping her? What are you doing?"
Sue plays the popular girl.
Sue Colina: "I'm Miss Popular. I get whatever I want whenever I want it."
She gets a kick out of bullying her classmates.
Girl: "I'm the wannabee. I do whatever Miss Popular over here wants me to do."
Their message, you may not see the real person under the surface.
Girl: "I'm a foster child. I have no sense of belonging."
Clay plays the class clown, but he's really trying to cover up an unhappy home life.
Clay Miller: "It's not funny what happens to me at home where I'm abused and made to feel like less than nothing."
Chris, who plays the jock likes to push people around to mask his true feelings.
Chris Marohn: "I guess I take my depression, turn it into hate and anger, and then I take it out on everybody else."
So when the wannabe turns the table on miss popular...watch out.
Girl: "You know what? Shut up! I'm done following your rules you heard me."
The point of this exercise: To show teens how important it is to just be themselves. A valuable lesson they all learned in the Broward Youth Coalition.
Jolesha Frazier: "I feel more confident about saying what's on my mind, and I'm not scared to voice my opinion."
Stephanie Montel: "I've learned leadership skills, and if you present yourself a certain way people actually listen."
Clay says the toughest thing about being a teen these days Is the pressure to be perfect.
Clay Miller: "It's hard to live up to your own expectations when you're busy living up to everybody else."
His mom says since he joined this program she's seen him grow from a shy kid into a confident young man about to go off to college.
Amy Miller: "He's a leader, he's a leader, he's definitely a leader."
Just be you.
Lynn Martinez: "The Broward Youth Coalition is open to all middle and high school students in Broward County."
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