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State Honoree

Ariel Lyon

Alaska

Ariel Lyon, 17, of Juneau, Alaska, a senior at Juneau-Douglas High School and a member of the Tongass Alaska Girl Scout Council, created a comprehensive resource guide to help local teenagers find fun things to do, as well as places to go for help. Ariel realized there was a desperate need for such a guide after seeing friends run away from home, drop out of school, become sexually active, and turn to drugs and alcohol. Despite the perception that there was little for teens in Juneau, Ariel realized that resources were available - but that not enough kids knew about them. So, with help from a fellow Girl Scout, an adult adviser and her mother, Ariel researched every local organization of potential interest or use to teens, and conducted an assessment of young people's needs. She then compiled a directory of more than 100 services and activities in the Juneau area, detailing where to go for help with health, school and family problems; eating disorders; sexual issues; job searches; transportation needs; as well as where to find fun things to do and places to hang out. Ariel posted her "Juneau Teen Resource Guide" on the Internet at www.JuneauTeen.com and packaged it into a booklet for distribution around town. Ariel hopes the guide "will make a lasting impact on the lives of youth for years to come," she said.