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Mission Statement

Our purpose is "Awakening Values through Commitment and Achievement."

We believe those teens who take committed action to create great lives through personal and academic achievement create greatness for themselves and within their relationships. We also believe that all teens possess these capabilities if they are awakened through emotional inspiration and academic challenge. Awakening these values is the mission of the Teens Initiating Change Youth Program.

 T. I. C.  


Why do I get so angry? 

 The problem with anger is that it's fueled with adrenaline and it's easy to let that rush take control, making you feel overwhelmed, powerless, and out of control. Anger is just another emotion like love, hate, joy, and sorrow. The trick to anger management, like any other emotion, is how you express it.

I am a teen can the police search me without a warrant? 

Every American citizen has the constitutional right to be free from unreasonable search and seizure. Unfortunately, the police don't always need a warrant. In fact, under the stop and frisk exception, the police can stop you on the street and pat you down for anything long as they have suspicion.

Someone fitting my description fired a weapon can the police stop and check me? 

Stop and frisk has been an effective tool for police since the 1968 case Terry v. Ohio, when the Supreme Court ruled in favor of it. Under the Terry ruling, a police officer may stop and detain a person based on reasonable suspicion. And, if the police reasonably suspect the person is armed and dangerous, they may also frisk him or her for weapons.

 What to do when you're stopped by a police officer
Safely pull to the side of the road, turn off your car, roll down the window and keep your hands visible. Don't make any sudden moves or argue with the officer. Do your arguing in traffic court.

How to deal with a friend who is about to drive under the influence
Don't get in the car. Do anything not to drive with an intoxicated person  and that includes calling your parents for a lift or paying for a taxi. Your next move is to try to prevent your drunken friend from hurting themselves or someone else.

How to drive safely while talking on a cell phone
Most states ban all cell phone use by novice drivers, so be sure you know if these provisions apply where you live. If it's permissible to use a cell, always use a hands-free device so you can keep your hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road. Learn how to pair your phone with the car's Bluetooth  system. Don't even think about texting while driving (no, not even at stoplights).