“If a teen is doing music or sports or academics, those are the cells and connections that will be hardwired. If they’re lying on the couch or playing video games or MTV, those are the cells and connections that are going to survive.”
– Dr. Jay Giedd at the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, Md.
A powerful statement.
SAFE | Stop Abuse For Everyone does not only want to prevent abuse from occurring to these teens, but we also want to prevent abuse and neglectful behavior from being hardwired into the malleable teen brain. Between Austin Children’s Shelter, SafePlace and SAFE, we provide a number of methods to ensure the teens in our community grow into adults with heathy behavior hardwired.