Your advocacy voice will be heard in Washington DC and in Albany
Join like-minded adults and students who care about your education and wellbeing
Participate in making decisions regarding your own education
Utilize PTA as an open forum to discuss student needs
Speak for yourself and on behalf of your fellow students
Be in the know as to happenings in your school
You can be elected for officer positions (president and treasurer only 18 and older)
You can also serve on the PTA/PTSA Board and serve on or chair committees
Goal setting and conflict resolution
How to run a meeting according to parliamentary procedures
Strengthen your decision-making skills
Become comfortable with public speaking
Jenkins Memorial Scholarship for Teacher Education: Available for graduating seniors pursuing a career in education.
Susanne Smoller Commitment to Advocacy Youth Award: Will be awarded to one high school senior to encourage them to pursue post-secondary education or training and to continue their active engagement in advocacy in the areas of HIV/AIDS, the LGBTQ+ community, mental health, social justice or substance use.
Youth Humanitarian Award in Memory of Stanley Marcus: Recognizes a high school senior or junior who exemplifies humanitarianism.
Pick A Reading Partners Award: Recognizes outstanding PARP program at the region and state levels.
Reflections Theme Search: Each year students throughout the state have the opportunity to submit their ideas for future Reflections Program themes. Five NYS PTA state winners are chosen and forward to National PTA for the Theme Search Contest.
Contact your local PTA Unit, Council and/or Region for information regarding PTA scholarships.
MoneyGeek – scholarship search tool
Contact your school’s guidance counselor for information regarding local scholarships.
|National Suicide Prevention Hotline||800-273-TALK (8255)||HTTP://WWW.SUICIDEPREVENTIONLIFELINE.ORG/|
|24-hour National Suicide Crisis Hotline:|
Automatically directs call to nearest crisis center
|Hopeline: Speak to a trained volunteer||800-442-HOPE (4673)||HTTP://WWW.HOPELINE.COM/|
|Hopeline: Teen to teen peer counseling||877-YOUTHLINE||HTTP://WWW.HOPELINE.COM/|
|Mental Health America: Refers to local mental health services or support programs||800-969-NMHA (6642)||HTTP://WWW.MENTALHEALTHAMERICA.NET/|
|National Alliance on Mental Illness: Support, information, and referrals||800-950-NAMI (6264)||HTTP://WWW.NAMI.ORG/|
|Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance||800-826-3632||HTTP://WWW.DBSALLIANCE.ORG/|
|Boys Town National HotlineSupport for young people and families going through difficulties||800-448-3000||HTTP://WWW.BOYSTOWN.ORG/HOTLINE|
|National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder||802-296-6300||HTTP://WWW.PTSD.VA.GOV/|
|Postpartum Support International||800-994-4PPD (4773)||HTTP://POSTPARTUM.NET/|
|National Domestic Violence Hotline||800-799-SAFE (7233)||HTTP://WWW.THEHOTLINE.ORG/|
|National Sexual Assault Hotline||800-656-HOPE (4673)||HTTP://WWW.RAINN.ORG/|
|Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline||800-4-A-CHILD (800-422-4453)||HTTP://WWW.CHILDHELP.ORG/|
|SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED INFECTIONS|
|CDC National AIDS/Sexually Transmitted Disease Hotline: Information & referral||800-342-2437||HTTP://WWW.CDC.GOV/STD/|
|American Social Health Association STD Hotline||800-227-8922||HTTP://WWW.ASHASEXUALHEALTH.ORG/|
|SUBSTANCE ABUSE SUPPORT|
|National Clearinghouse Alcohol & Drug Abuse hotline||800-729-6686||http://www.samhsa.gov/|
|Al-Anon and AlaTeen: meeting information for teens and families||888-425-2666|
|National Runaway Safeline||800-RUNAWAY (800-786-2929)||HTTP://WWW.1800RUNAWAY.ORG/|
|National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders||847-831-3438||HTTP://WWW.ANAD.ORG/|
|National Eating Disorders Association Information and Referral Helpline:Support for people struggling with eating disorders and their family||800-931-2237||HTTP://WWW.NATIONALEATINGDISORDERS.ORG/|
|National Center for Victims of Crime||800-FYI-CALL (394-2255)||HTTP://WWW.VICTIMSOFCRIME.ORG/|
|Anti-Hate Line: Discrimination support and resource referral||800-649-0404|
|Teen Health Questions: Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Teen Resource Line offers confidential health information||888-711-TEEN|