Davis County teenagers who are troubled or need help with anything from drugs and sex to finding a job will soon be able to let their fingers do the walking.
A 40-page pamphlet called the "Youth Yellow Pages" gives short summaries on the topics, offers some advice and then lists organizations and telephone numbers where the student can seek further help."As a teenager, you face many decisions and have many questions," the pamphlet states in its introduction. "Please don't hesitate to ask for help. You don't have to go through this important stage of your life alone."
About 34,000 copies will be printed and distributed to all secondary students in the Davis School District, said Shauna Nakaya, who coordinated the project.
Nakaya said she believes the Youth Yellow Pages, patterned after a program in Kansas City, is the state's first self-referral directory for youth.
School Board members praised the booklet, saying it's been needed for a long time.
"It's way overdue that we have this kind of information available to students," said board member Dan Eastman. "Many of the topics have been taboo for too long."
The Youth Yellow Pages contains information about alcohol and drugs, eating disorders, teen employment, mental health, handicaps, running away, sexuality, sexually transmitted diseases, sex crimes, domestic violence and suicide.
It is a companion to the "Family Yellow Pages," 38,000 copies of which will be distributed to parents of secondary students. The family booklet does notdish out advice but outlines a selection of juvenile laws and lists telephone numbers of support sources and referrals.
Here are some examples of information and advice given in the Youth Yellow Pages:
- On drugs: "Life threatening dangers exist not only when drugs are taken in excess but also when they are taken for a long time or in the wrong combination."
- On suicide: "The period of crisis usually lasts a short time. With help, people can start to work through the feelings and problems that are bothering them."
- On employment: "Doing a good job, being dependable and on time will be as important as the type of work you do."
- On domestic violence: "There are acceptable ways to deal with stress, tension and anger. Violence is never the answer."
- On sex: In its six-page discussion of sex, the pamphlet does not mention contraceptives but repeatedly urges abstinence.
For example, the pamphlet states, "Your best bet to avoid AIDS is to abstain from having sex before marriage and to not use intravenous drugs."
Produced by the school district in partnership with the Davis County Council on Infants, Children and Youth, the pamphlet was funded by the United Way of Davis County.