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 and […]

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 wristbands […]

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 teens since the pandemic started! Our Teen Health Educators and Young Adult Leaders met at Oasis Church Bradenton on Wednesday August 11th, 2021 for team-building, to celebrate our […]

End of summer programs

By Jake Hanson, Young Adult Leader With the summer drawing to a close, and back-to-school season for students in Manatee and Sarasota County just around the corner, we wanted to take a moment and reflect on our work these past few months.  Throughout the summer, our Teen Health Educators and Young Adult Leaders went to […]

Applications are open!

By Jake Hanson, Young Adult Leader None of the work that we do during the year would be possible without the work of our Teen Health Educators, and we want more of you to join us! Our applications for the Teen Health Educator Program 2021-2022 school year are officially open. The program trains and equips […]

Healthy Teens Annual Retreat 2021

By Sarah Averbeck, Young Adult Leader On June 29th 2021, our amazing Teen Health Educators and Young Adult Leaders had the opportunity to participate in our first in-person event of the year, the annual retreat! Held at DaySprings Conference Center in Parrish, the team shared team building, skills development, a time for reflection and a whole lot […]