The pressure to fit in takes on many forms as you work your way through elementary, middle and high school. The desire to be older, be taken more seriously and have more freedom can manifest itself in dangerous ways. You may be confused about topics like sex, drinking and depression. You may think most teenagers in Columbia like to smoke, or that nobody understands you, or that everyone is sexually active. You may not know where to turn for answers and guidance.

This site has been developed to dispel common myths, provide useful information and support you as you make the transition into young adulthood. It’s an exciting time that’s ripe with opportunities—good and bad. Ultimately, the decisions you make in these formative years play a big role in who you will become. The potential pitfalls are all around you.

If you find information on this site that could help someone you know, please share. We aspire to help you in any way we can. Because you matter.

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Featured Topics

Icons_FINAL-01Alcohol Abuse

Underage drinking has extinguished too many bright, young flames.

Icons_FINAL-11Drug Abuse

One bad decision could derail your life in a serious way.


Clicks and phones may not break bones, but Facebook posts can sting.

Icons_FINAL-03Driving Safety

Responsible driving is more than just buckling up.

Icons_FINAL-07Dating Smart

It’s great now. What happens when things turn sour?

Icons_FINAL-10Internet Safety

There are threats lurking around every digital corner.

Icons_FINAL-04Getting Healthy

Stay strong in mind and body with tips about clean living.


How to cope with pressures that all students face.


Let’s work to make zero fatalities a reality.

Icons_FINAL-06Tobacco Abuse

Advice on how to stay away from all forms of nicotine.


Stories and lessons that make you think twice before sending.

Icons_FINAL-12Social Media

You’re more connected—and disconnected—than ever before.

The years you’ve been warned about have arrived. Just wait until they’re teenagers… Well, the wait is over, and the challenges of navigating these awkward, pressure-filled years have never been more prevalent.

Fear not, noble parents of Columbia: you’ve found a place where both students and their caretakers can go to find valuable information and support on a wide range of taboo topics, including drug use, sexting and depression. We aspire for this site to be equal parts educational, informational and inspirational. We update the blog daily in an effort to engage our young adults to think and act in positive ways.

When it comes to broaching the difficult topics, you don’t have to go it alone. We’re here to help any way we can, because you matter.

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