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I AM in Iowa Adolescents Making Choices to Control Their Future Teen:Health, Relationship, Body and Sexuality

Tag: leadership

Nov 26

#It’sOnUs: Why is the President Taking Over the Silver Screen

Posted By iamincontrol | November 26, 2014


Has anyone seen the commercial called “It’s on Us”?! Where the camera shot focuses up close and over and over again on faces of celebrities and even the vice president and president. Well, since I wasn’t quite sure what they meant by all this “It’s On Us” stuff, I did some investigation.


The campaign is to help increase awareness about sexual assault in the US. In addition, they are encouraging people to no just stand around and let this happen, but to actually take a major role in stepping in or preventing it. They want everyone to sign a pledge that says this:

To recognize that non-consensual sex is sexual assault.

To identify situations in which sexual assault may occur.

To intervene in situations where consent has not or cannot be given.

To create an environment in which sexual assault is unacceptable and survivors are supported


If you don’t think sexual assault is bad in your school, think again! These stats tell a different story: Approximately 1.8 million adolescents in the United States have been the victims of sexual assault– 1 in 3 females and 1 in 6 males are sexually assaulted before the age of eighteen. That means that if you took three times the population of adolescents in Iowa—that’s how many teens are getting sexually assaulted in the US. It’s time this got national coverage. It is on Us to reverse these statistics, starting with us. Please log on to Facebook and like the “It’s On Us” Page, Follow them on Twitter, and sign on to this website and sign the petition to end sexual assault:

Oct 3

Governor’s Bullying Prevention Summit 2013 & Video Contest

Posted By iamincontrol | October 3, 2013

We’re pulling a switch this month – our Bullying & Suicide post is trading places with our Alcohol, Tobacco & Drugs post (check back next week for that post).  We couldn’t wait to share this information about the Governor’s Bullying Prevention Summit 2013!  This year’s summit will be held on November 4, 2013 in Des Moines.

Why should you go?

Did you know that according to a 2012 survey, 57% of Iowa students said they had been bullied in school in the last 30 days?  That’s a huge percentage.  The goal of the summit is to talk about what can be done to prevent bullying, including what you can do as a bystander.  Speakers include Emily Bazelon, the author of “Sticks and Stones” , Deborah Temkin, the Bullying Prevention Manager at the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights, high school students speaking up about bullying prevention, and many others.  You can read the full agenda here.

This would be a great event for you to attend with one of your school’s clubs, so talk to your school administrators or a teacher to see if your group can attend.  If you register by October 19th, you will even get a free t-shirt.  Register here today!

Video Contest

You could win a $500 prize for your school by entering the video contest for the Governor’s Bullying Prevention Summit 2013.  You have one week left to enter!  The deadline for submitting your videos is Thursday, October 10th, 2013.

Go to this site for full details on the video contest.

May 16

Getting Involved

Posted By iamincontrol | May 16, 2013

 Getting involved
By Ariana 

Why should I be involved?

I gave this question much thought during my high school years and even into my freshman year of college. Throughout my high school days, I would rather spend time with friends than organizing events for clubs. It wasn’t until after my freshman year of college I realized why it was so important to become involved. The first thing that hit me was my identity. I am a woman, Latina, and I am young. All of these groups are underrepresented. I wanted to show the world what I could do, I wanted the groups I identified with to be seen and heard! My next reason was because I wanted to learn. Yes, learn. I know we all learn enough in our classes, but there is plenty more to learn in real life. There are different people, events, food and activities – the list goes on and on. We can learn a new task, meet a new friend, taste a new food, and learn from all these experiences. All of these new experiences are like mini adrenaline rushes. At first you’re nervous or scared, and then boom, you’re surprised by what you learn.

Where can I get involved?

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Dec 20


Posted By iamincontrol | December 20, 2012

By Brittany

Have you ever felt that warm, fuzzy feeling when you have accomplished something great?  Have you ever overcome an obstacle that you didn’t think was possible?  Those feelings are so powerful, and it’s even better when you know you’ve made a difference.

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