PROGRAMS FOR TEENSGainesville offers teens a vibrant and engaging urban scene with easy access to rural and wilderness areas. A network of urban and rural trails makes it easy to get around by bicycle. Off road bike trails and the skatepark offer more entertainment on wheels. County and city parks provide a full roster of recreational opportunities, including swimming, arts programs, athletics, gardening, heritage activities and more. The Alachua County Library System is another phenomenal resource, providing access to all types of digital media, homework help and many types of programs at branch libraries, from science to art classes. Gainesville has been recognized as the number one place in America to start a garage band, create a start-up company or be involved in sustainable ways to save the planet. Perhaps the best feature of Gainesville for a young person is the chance to get involved and make a difference. Gainesville is large enough to have lots and lots of choices–join a sports team, build a robot, or have your very own booth at the Spring Arts Festival–but small enough that you can easily become a part of the community.
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Welcome to Florida Trend’s NEXT your guide to life after high school in Florida. Our magazine has been created to help teens “Get Ready, Set and Go” for their goals and a successful future.
Community ResourcesFloridaWorks lists a wide variety of community resources for teens and families: jobs, health, community agencies, guidance and more.
Growing up is difficult, but we’re here to help! UF Health’s Adolescent/Young Adult Program at the Gerold L. Schiebler Children’s Medical Services Center offers primary care to youth ages 10 to 21. Providers address adolescent-specific areas of concern, including psychosocial evaluations, school problems, gynecological evaluations, drug and alcohol use and dietary needs. The center also can provide sports physicals.
UF Health offers educational services on adolescent topics such as sexuality and adolescent development, vocational planning, social skills, eating disorders, nutrition and weight counseling, peer pressure, family problems and sexually transmitted diseases.
For adolescents and young adults hospitalized with chronic and life-limiting illnesses, UF Health’s Streetlight program offers one of the most powerful sources of support: friendship. Streetlight’s 60+ college-aged volunteers focus on building friendships with patients ages 13-25 through peer companionship. The program offers movies, video games and a place to hang out while in the hospital. Dealing with a serious medical condition is a difficult journey, but teens and young adults don’t need to go through it alone.
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