HiTOPS produces Princeton Half Marathon to promote physical fitness and healthy living, while raising awareness about how actions and behaviors during adolescence affect community health.
Adolescence—a time of risk-taking and growth towards independence—is a challenging development phase for most young people. During this period between childhood and adulthood, dependence and independence, kids begin to experiment and push limits in order to grow and learn. And each one relies on an adult they trust to help them navigate their way and eventually land safely in adulthood.
So what is a “trusted adult” for a child?
Adults—in the home, school and community—who respect and understand their need to experiment and push limits in order to learn and grow. Adults, including parents, who do not judge, preach or punish are important guides for helping a young person think critically and grow into a responsible, thoughtful citizen in the community.
Without trusted adults, young people may have no one to turn to, no one who will guide them and provide boundaries so that their learning occurs without life-threatening consequences. Teachers, guidance counselors, and school nurses who are able to listen, withhold judgment and mentor become a beacon of hope for a struggling adolescent.
Your contribution today will support HiTOPS’ efforts to ensure every adolescent safe passage to adulthood through developing networks of trusted adults: