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Teens at the Ypsilanti District Library took a stand to help other teens experiencing loneliness, anxiety, and depression by organizing a mental health awareness meetup to raise awareness and equip teens with the tools and information they need to help others and themselves. 

The Teen Advisory Groups and STEAM Cafe interns worked together to plan a STEAM Cafe called Joy Factor: Mind your Brain, organized by teens with teen presenters, attended by about 75 people!

It took place Friday, May 24, 6:00-9:00 pm at the downtown Ypsilanti library. 

See all event photos on YDL’s Flickr!

MiND Lab

Q&A with Isaiah Sypher from University of Michigan’s MiND Lab

Food, fun, and information

After dinner, teens explored information tables hosted by local organizations: Corner Health Center, SafeHouse Center, Washtenaw County Health Department, Washtenaw County Community Mental Health, Washtenaw Area Council for Children, substance abuse teen blogger Sabah Boudalia, and RU?OK. 

Dessert from Zingerman’s and Beezy’s!

Small group conversations led by youth!

Power & Dynamics in Dating Relationships with SafeHouse Center’s Teen Voice

Know Your Strengths for Personal Success with Saline High School senior Lauryn Humphreys 

Stress & Resilience of Minority Youth with Saline High School’s UpRoar! 

The Power of Positive Connections with Corner Health Center’s Youth Leadership Council

Peer-to-Peer Counseling using the Natural Helpers methods to help a friend with Washtenaw County 4-H and MSU Extension

Depression & Bullying with the Corner Health Center’s Theatre Troupe

Teen STEAM Cafes happen every month on the 4th Friday at 6pm at YDL-Michigan. Check the events calendar for details!