Connecting with Our Communities Teen Service Project

The goal of this project is for teens to raise awareness about an issue impacting teen mental/emotional health and a local resource available to support youth dealing with that issue. This project was developed by the Children's Interagency Coordinating Council (CIACC) of Bergen County for May is Mental Health Month.

If you would like to participate in this event in the future, check out the official project guidelines and media release form

This page will be updated weekly with some of the submissions received from teens this month. Please share them!


Week 3:

Improving Self-Awareness

Submitted by:  Members of Dumont Girl Scout Troop 5794 (Kaitlin, Bridget, Valentina, Teagan, Caitlin, Madison, Jennifer, Michelle, Elliot, Natalie, Angie and Janelle)

Through their video story you will hear the insights of self-awareness and communication gained through their interaction with the horses and staff at  A Stable Life program at the Bergen Equestrian Center, Leonia. The girls realized how these lessons can be applied with friends at school.


Week 2:

Stay Positive: Girls Helping Girls

Submitted by:  Members of the Girls Helping Girls club at Henry P. Becton Regional High School, Carlstadt-East Rutherford.  The project raises awareness of positive body image.


Members of the Girls Helping Girls Club of Henry P. Becton Regional High School had the opportunity to visit The Body Image Boutique, which is located in Saddle River. The Body Image Boutique is a source of integrative health care and offers a variety of positive health and wellness programs and services, ranging from nutrition counseling to yoga. The programs are available for people of any age or gender. On the trip, we were offered a chance to relax and experience a yoga class that which allowed us to learn more about the negative impacts of body shaming, as well as how to attain and spread positive body image.

After the trip, we met with each other and discussed what each of us took from the experience. Together, we selected and mimicked an art piece related to the topic of positive body image. Our ultimate goal of creating the poster was to promote conversation on topics that are not necessarily discussed on a regular basis.  If everyone was to understand what comes with having a mental illness or an unhealthy body image, the stigma around these topics would not have such dominance over those who are struggling with them.

Through this project we wanted to raise awareness and reduce stigma around the topic of mental health and body image.https://ssl.gstatic.com/ui/v1/icons/mail/images/cleardot.gif

Submitted by:   Girls Helping Girls club members:  Alyssa, Rebecca, Jacklyn, Lisa, Alessandra, Chloe, Jaylen, and Skylar


Bipolar Disorder and Depression

Click the image below to view an Infographic created by Teaneck teens titled ”It’s Okay to Be Bipolar.”   In their project, Daniela, Leanne and Hazelle raise awareness of bipolar disorder and depression and the support that teens can receive through the Bergen County support meetings of the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA).


Week 1:

Coping with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Watch a video created by a Dumont teen titled "Coping with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder(OCD)/Anxiety disorder”. In her project, Courtney raises awareness of obsessive compulsive disorder and the support that teens living with OCD can receive through West Bergen Mental Healthcare.



Kick Off Activity

Click and scroll through the slides below to see what mental health means to some Dumont Girl Scouts and Lyndhurst Teens