Meet the 9 people recognized as champions of health care in Manatee County

BRADENTON HERALD,  Kiarra Louis, 18, was this year’s Youth Volunteer Award winner. As a high school freshman, Louis became a teen health educator through the Healthy Teens Coalition of Manatee County. The program informs area youth about high-risk behaviors, such as substance abuse and teen pregnancy.​ Read more

Healthy Teens Coalition Receives Grant From Selby Foundation ​

​ Currently, 23 Teen Health Educators are providing critical services to local adolescents; the 8-week Teen Health Educator Training Program is slated for spring 2021 and will be held virtually. Virtual presentations and mentoring activities are currently taking place.  We hope to re-initiate actual in-person presentations and mentoring activities this summer.  With the gracious support […]

Suicide Awareness Prevention Month

By Jonathan Evans, Executive Director  Did you know that according to the CDC, in 2019 suicide was the second leading cause of death among children and adolescents ages 13 to 19 — and the leading cause of death among 13-year-olds? This is a statistic that Healthy Teens is committed to tackling. We spend a lot […]

World Sexual Health Awareness Month

By Sarah Averbeck, Young Adult Leader ​ The month of September recognizes World Sexual Health Month, raising awareness around issues regarding a personal sense of self-esteem; personal attractiveness and competence; freedom from sexually transmitted diseases; and sexual dysfunction. Sexual health embraces joy and sexuality throughout our lives. This is an important component of our physical […]

Building team in community

By Sarah Averbeck, Young Adult Leader Healthy Teens Coalition met for our monthly meeting on September 8th at Desoto Boys & Girls Club. The meeting was celebrated with some of the Club members preparing dinner for our Teen Health Educators! This was a great opportunity for our team to discuss new ideas and catch up. […]

We Bid Adieu to Our Beloved Treasurer, Gary Hickerson.

Our 10th  anniversary marked the end of an era for the HTC board, as we said goodbye to our dear friend, Gary, after a decade of dedicated service! Gary was a founding board member of Healthy Teens Coalition and served as our treasurer from the very beginning. He had a long and distinguished career working […]

Meet Estella!

By Sarah Averbeck, Young Adult Leader Estella Hornback is 16 years old and is a junior at The Out of Door Academy (ODA) High School. She joined Healthy Teens because of her interest in neuroscience and the effects of physical and mental health on youth. Through her involvement in the Teen Health Educator program, she […]


By Sarah Averbeck, Young Adult Leader Healthy Teens was the spotlighted non-profit at Saturday’s Bradenton Marauders baseball game against the Tampa Bay Tarpons! ​ Our Teen Health Educators had the opportunity to speak with youth and parents about the work we do throughout the community. In addition, our students handed out masks, hand sanitizers and […]

A special thank you!

By Jonathan Evans More investment in the health and success of our youth! We are thrilled that the Bishop Parker Foundation has awarded us a HUGE $20,000 grant as part of the most recent grant cycle! We cannot express our gratitude enough for this amazing, generous act of confidence in our programs, to empower teens […]

It’s good to be together!

By Jonathan Evans, Executive Director and Sarah Averbeck, Young Adult Leader ​ While keeping to renewed Covid safe guidelines, this week we hosted our first in-person monthly meeting for our team! Our Teen Health Educators and Young Adult Leaders met at Oasis Church Bradenton on Wednesday August 11th, 2021 for team-building, to celebrate our work this summer, […]