Teen Life in HDb has been hoping to expand their reach to all youth in Delray Beach – not just students at Atlantic High School, Village Academy, or Carver Middle School. On December 17, 2o16 they had their first chance to represent Teen Life in HDb at a community event.
Cleaning Up Barwick Park
The idea to clean up Barwick Park first came to the group from 2 Atlantic High School students, Talia and Christelle, who plan to turn Barwick Park into a workout park.
Before the park can truly be transformed, however, Teen Life in HDb, Talia and Christelle, and Community Greening teamed up to carry out a 1-day clean up, weeding, and tree planting event.
In the months and weeks leading up to the Barwick Park clean up, Teen Life in HDb students and been working away at a way to infuse behavioral health and positive messaging into the park itself.
The students created “Happy Rocks” as a way to plant their own positive messages in the park. Some students chose to bury the rocks as they planted the trees as a way to impart their positive messages with the tree itself. Others chose to decorate their tree with the rocks in an effort to spread their positive message with passerby’s and the community at large.
By planting these messages literally within the community itself, the students of Teen Life in HDb are effecting Delray Beach in a powerful way. A way that highlights positivity and uplifts teens. A way that teaches teens that change in their community can start with them.