158: Health and Human Services: TAG – Think Act Grow

Dr. Sandra Morgan and Dave Stachowiak talk about TAG, which stands for “Think, Act, Grow.” TAG is a “multi-sector approach that challenges organizations and professionals to improve adolescent health through a strengths-based, positive youth development approach that emphasizes youth engagement.”

Key Points

  • The TAG initiative acknowledges the limitations of the adolescent brain but it also focuses on the unique strengths that adolescents bring.
  • Adolescents are very quick to learn.
  • How do you use the ability to learn quickly as a point of resilience for adolescents?
  • There is now a rush to create curriculum to support adolescents, but many of the creators don’t understand the whole picture.
  • Prevention usually has the least amount of resources devoted to it.
  • Adolescents can easily find information, but they need help processing it.
  • Risk can be a positive thing because it leads to growth.
  • Youth leading youth is much better than adults telling them what to do.


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Sandie Morgan

Sandie Morgan, PhD, RN is recognized globally for her expertise in combatting human trafficking and working to end violence against women. As Director of Vanguard University’s Global Center for Women & Justice (GCWJ), she oversees the Women’s Studies Minor as well as teaching Family Violence and Human Trafficking.
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