Educational Institutions

Healthy Visions

  • Montgomery, OH
  • www.healthyvisions.org

Mission Statement

HEALTHY VISIONS IS AN EDUCATIONAL AGENCY
Mission: To educate youth, ages twelve to eighteen, with the skills and knowledge needed to make healthier behavioral choices and to develop stronger relationships during adolescence.

Vision: To create positive change by decreasing adolescence at-risk behaviors including drugs and alcohol usage, cyber-bullying, eating disorders and cutting, dating violence and premarital sex, social media abuse, suicide ideation and to increase youth participation in school, activities and friendships through education and partnering with schools, student groups, and other philanthropic organizations.

Main Programs

  1. Choosing the Best for Safe Teens

ruling year

1986

Principal Officer

Source: IRS Form 990

CAROLE ADLARD

Notes from the Nonprofit

Healthy Visions has been extremely successful in classroom instruction, as evidenced by many testimonials from students and educators. And, from third party investigative news reporters and evaluating agencies who determined that Healthy Visions has long term and life-changing impact on the students served. Students who before the Healthy Visions had failing grades, were uninvolved in school activities, had poor social skills, few friends and performed at-risk behaviors, changed their behaviors after the program and Facebook support and became active in school, improved their grades, added new positive friends, stopped at-risk behaviors, and reported they are now happier and hopeful.

Below is an excerpt from an email sent to a Healthy Visions educator on 1-17-14 from a student:

“You really changed the way I looked at myself I used to hate myself, I used to put myself down all the time...... but YOU changed all that, I felt as if your were talking straight to me and you actually brought me to tears when you mentioned that you loved each and every one of us it touched my heart. I used to think that I had to put myself out there for guys to notice me but......now I know that if a guy really liked me for me they wont move on to the next girl when I wouldn’t give them what they wanted, I learned that I want to be the treasure and not the target. I’m looking forward to changing my life and I can’t wait to see what my next chapter beholds.”

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EIN

31-1182425

 Number

8507722205

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Healthy Visions believes by arming teens with the knowledge necessary to make healthy life decisions, we can help create healthier, better-adjusted adults and stronger communities. As part of the Safe Teen program, Healthy Visions conducts extensive surveys, which are evaluated by the Ohio Department of Health. Healthy Visions also obtains teacher evaluations of the presenters. The results of our surveys shows compelling statistics which affirm the program’s success in fulfilling this mission:

Summary of our evaluation findings are as follows:
• 95% said Safe Teen changed their approach to relationships and/or sex
• 86% said the Safe Teen program gave them new information
• 79% said Safe Teen encouraged them to stay away from drugs and alcohol
• 77% said Safe Teen improved their self-esteem
• 72% said Safe Teen made them feel loved and accepted
• 64% said Safe Teen gave them a safe place to go to ask questions
• 65% said Safe Teen changed the way they think about sex

Beyond standard evaluations and Facebook comments, Healthy Visions also utilizes an online survey and measurement tool. The responses provide a longitudinal evaluation of Safe Teen with responding students who participated in the Safe Teen program from 1 to 4 years ago. These responses indicate that the Safe Teen program positively changed behaviors concerning sex, drugs, alcohol, self-esteem, dating, relationships, social media, and internet usage.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Choosing the Best for Safe Teens

Healthy Visions has developed an award-winning student-preferred, teacher-approved, five-day teaching module, called Choosing the Best for Safe Teens, a.k.a. Safe Teen, that educates students on how to address these challenges.

Focusing on five primary areas, Self-image, Technology, Sex, Relationships, and Looking Ahead, Healthy Visions provides students with tools to make better choices. By getting every student involved with interactive exercises and activities, and presenting the straight truth about images found in the media today, students are given a much needed fresh start in terms of acceptance and self-confidence.

In Self-Image, we examine body image and behavioral issues that lead to low self-esteem, pulling back the curtain on the negative messages found in the media.

In Technology, we look at life in a society connected through electronics and social media, and stress the importance of on-line protection, teaching Internet and cell phone safety.

In the Sex portion of the curriculum, our presenters use activities and stories to warn students of risks of sexual activity, including pregnancy, STDs, and emotional consequences.

In Relationships, we examine the “red flags” in dating, and help students differentiate between healthy and unhealthy relationships.

Lastly, we encourage students to Look Ahead, and to utilize the teaching materials to make better decisions, and to understand that no situation they find themselves in is ever hopeless.

Category

Educational Programs

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Healthy Visions seeks to decrease at-risk behaviors in teens by providing a skills-based health education program to all junior high and high schools in Ohio. Choosing the Best for Safe Teens, often shortened to Safe Teen, the program seeks to educate and equip youth with the knowledge necessary to make better life choices. Healthy Visions' aim is to prevent, reduce, and modify behaviors that can lead to teen pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections, violence, self-mutilation, crime, alcohol and drug abuse, cyber bullying, bullying, suicide ideation, and other self-destructive behaviors. Healthy Visions believes by arming teens with the knowledge necessary to make healthy life decisions, we can help create healthier, better-adjusted adults and stronger communities. Healthy Visions’ goal is to grow the existing Safe Teen program, to reach more students in the Greater Cincinnati area, by expanding and adapting the Safe Teen curriculum to meet the increasing need and updated educational standards. Healthy Visions’ approach of continuous curriculum development allows the program to address trending teen issues, like “Molly” the latest celebrity touted drug, or potentially dangerous social media trends like “Snapchat.” Remaining topical and relevant ensures teens are receiving the information they need, when it is needed.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Healthy Visions primary strategy to decrease at-risk behaviors in teens by remain relevant in curriculum and current in content. Strategies include the development of demographic-based versions the Choosing the Best for Safe Teens, to ensure teens receive information pertinent to their specific challenges.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Healthy Visions’ aim is to prevent, reduce, and modify behaviors that can lead to teen pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections, violence, self-harm, alcohol and drug abuse, cyberbullying, bullying, suicide ideation, and other self-destructive behaviors. Choosing the Best for Safe Teens, or Safe Teen, is an evidenced-based health education program that equips youth with the knowledge necessary to make better life choices, creating healthier, well-adjusted adults and stronger communities. Healthy Visions’ goal is to grow the existing Safe Teen program to reach more students in the Greater Cincinnati area. Healthy Visions’ approach of continuous curriculum development allows the program to address trending teen issues and ensures teens receive relevant information when it is needed. Healthy Visions is one of the 19 members of the Ohio Adolescence Health Centers and receives Title V funding for the Safe Teen program through this coalition.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Not available.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Not available.

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Financials

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HEALTHY VISIONS
Fiscal year: Mar 01-Feb 28

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Healthy Visions

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Principal Officer

CAROLE ADLARD

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