Gone are the days when a teen could go west, live in the wide-open spaces, and make their big mistakes.
The teens of today face the same challenges they always faced, most of which involve straddling the barbed-wire fence between childhood and adulthood; only now, everything is on stage for all the world to see. Thanks to social media, every move our kids make can be played, replayed, liked, disliked, and shared instantly.
We are seeing growing numbers of youth struggling with depression, anxiety, and loneliness. Our kids are faced with mounting levels of stress, and they don’t know how to cope. Southeastern Montana, in particular, is plagued with rising teen suicide rates.
A survey showed that 23% of our youth in Southeastern Montana have seriously considered suicide in the past 12 months, while 20% actually have a plan in place.Data from 2019 Youth Risk Behavior Survey, Center for Disease Control
Growing up was always tough, but now, due to the pressures imposed by our modern culture, adolescence is becoming terminal. Many kids are either unable to survive or unable to grow, suffering from eternal childhood.
Our die-hard “just figure it out yourself” mentality isn’t working—and our kids need a different tactic.
This is where the Miles City Youth Coalition comes in. MCYC seeks to provide our youth with opportunities to grow and learn through activities and classes on everything from cooking to coping skills. We want to help our teens manage life’s tough stuff so they will not only