Teen Health Summit
About the Teen Health Summit
The Healthy Teens Coalition and Salt Lake County Health Department are excited to bring our community the 4th annual Teen Health Summit 2022. With input from the Teen Advisory Board, the Healthy Teens Coalition’s vision is to empower teens to build emotional resilience and self-care skills through a day filled with networking and teen health workshops focused on LGBTQIA+ health, mental health, physical health, and advocacy.
The Healthy Teens Coalition is also excited to welcome this year’s keynote speaker, Craig Scott, who survived the 1999 Columbine High School shooting and will be sharing his powerful story of forgiveness, compassion, and building emotional resilience.
When is the Teen Health Summit?
This year’s Teen Health Summit will be held in person on Saturday, August 20th at Horizonte High School from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lunch and snacks will be provided, and teens will have the opportunity to earn gift cards and prizes!
How do I register?
Keynote Speaker: Craig Scott
Craig Scott survived the 1999 Columbine High School shooting where his sister, Rachel Joy Scott, and twelve others were killed. For more than twenty years he has traveled across the country with his family's educational outreach programs, Rachel's Challenge, and his foundation, Scott Craig Events, addressing more than a million students during school assemblies.
Craig's powerful story of forgiveness and compassion challenges students and adults to intentionally influence their school culture and foster community wellness using a professionally developed curriculum to help start chain reactions of kindness.
Gender Diversity & Identity: How do you identify? Do you ever feel like you don’t quite fit into the gender binary? In this session, teens will learn about the beauty in gender diversity, how to use pronouns and other queer affirming vocabulary, and how to live like your most authentic self.
Queering Spaces: How do we create equitable and safe spaces for the queer folks in our lives, our communities, our schools, our families? What does it mean to queer a public space? In this session, teens will learn about how to see past the performative rainbow and hold space for true queer belonging.
Mental Health Track:
Suicide Prevention: Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for young people between the ages 10-24. Many of us know someone whose life has been impacted by suicide. Teens in this session will learn about the warning sings of suicide, how to help someone who is experiencing thoughts of suicide, and how to take care of yourself if you’re struggling.
Social Media & Mental Wellness: Social media use is an everyday activity for teens that promotes both positive and negative consequences for mental health. In this session, teens will learn how to build resilience as they navigate the world of social media and put their mental wellness at the forefront.
Healthy Relationships: Whether it’s a friendship, a familial relationship, or a romantic relationship, the relationships we have with people in our lives shape and influence our everyday decisions. In this session, teens will learn about traits that can be found in healthy relationships like mutual trust, honesty, good communication, safety and support, and respect.
Physical Health Track:
Adolescent Sleep: You may have heard that teens need anywhere from 8-10 hours of sleep each night, but what happens if you aren’t achieving that much sleep each night? In this session, teens will learn about the importance of sleep, how to have good sleep hygiene, and tips for getting a good night’s sleep.
Consent & Boundaries: Everyone deserves to have their personal boundaries respected, and consent should always be given before engaging in activities that can have lasting consequences. In this session, teens will learn how to advocate for themselves through setting firm and effect boundaries, expressing consent when we want to do something, withdrawing consent when we change our minds, and helping others to advocate for their own consent and boundaries to be respected too.
Racial Justice in the Education System: Creating equitable communities is part of building healthy and safe communities for all. In this session, teens will learn about how different perspectives and life experiences can not only bring beauty into the world but also identity.
Healthy & Sustainable Eating: Taking care of our planet has never been more important as we continue to see the long-term impacts of human life on earth. This session will help teens learn about how food production and consumption impact our world and our communities and how small changes can make a big difference.
Closing Keynote: College Readiness Panel
A multidisciplinary panel will speak to teens about how their time in middle and high school can be used to propel them towards a successful college career and what to expect.
Attendees will be entered to win several different prizes:
Wireless ear buds
Camping hammocks with straps
Reusable drinking straws