Spring break is a great time to kick back, hang out with your friends, and take a break from all of your course work. While on spring break remember to be smart and to always think before acting. One great advice would be to always be with a friend in all situations. For ways to be safe while on break check out the assessing your safety fact sheet.
Sex & spring break. You might consider having sex while you’re on spring break. If you do, protect your body and be responsible. For instance:
•Don’t agree to have sex if you don’t want to. It’s your right to say no or change your mind. It’s wrong to pressure someone else into having sex.
•Drugs and alcohol can affect your judgment and prevent you from thinking clearly, particularly in situations where sex might be involved. Remember to listen to your instincts before having sex.
Drugs & alcohol. When you are at a party there will be alcohol and drugs. Just because other people are doing them, it doesn’t mean you have to jump on the bandwagon and do them too. You can still be a part of the group even if you don’t drink or do drugs, but you might also want to reassess whether or not this is the type of scene you want to be part of during break. If that is the case, tell your friends. Suggest that you all go to something else.
Get involved. Community involvement is something that can start small and make a big impact. Step up during spring break and shape your community in positive ways. Protecting sacred sites? Speaking up about climate change? Fighting for our rights? We R Native will even give you a community service mini grant up to $475. Check out a few stories from youth activists about how and why they decided to make a difference. Get inspired! Indian Country, rise up!
Have an idea? Apply for up to $475 to make a difference in your community.
Acknowledgement: This fact sheet was originally developed by youth and staff at ReachOut.com, a website that helps teens get through tough times.