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Adolescence represents a unique period in the life cycle that brings special challenges and opportunities.  No longer children and not yet adults, adolescents make significant choices about their health and develop attitudes and health practices that continue into adulthood. In this period of exploration, adolescents also consciously start to make choices about their future and develop ideas about their roles in society. Adolescence thus represents an opportunity to encourage healthy choices and pro-social behaviors. In creating safe and nurturing environments for today’s adolescents—environments that build assets while minimizing opportunities for behaviors that endanger health and safety—we can help ensure that tomorrow’s adults will be healthy and productive.
Youth Task Force of Martha's Vineyard