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Teens Initiating Change is a non-profit whose mission is awakening values through commitment and achievement. Recognize the importance of connecting youth with supportive adults in order to develop personal and community strengths. Through a combination of education and service-learning, the goal of this innovative partnership between youth, parents, business leaders, school personnel, law enforcement personnel, and other community leaders.  We will redirect youth from a problem-focused approach to a community-youth involvement approach.   This goal has been reached through community-building, youth empowerment, and crime prevention. 


 T. I. C. tips

1.  Why do I get so angry?

The Problem with anger is that it's fueled with adrealine 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 other emotion, is how you express it.

2.  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 anyting illegal..... as long as they have suspicion.

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

Stop and frisk has been on 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 preson 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.

4.  What do I do if I am 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.

5.  How do I 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 killing themselves or someone else.