The Healthy Teen Project

What Makes You Healthy Contest

The What Makes You Healthy project has been a teen mental health initiative of Rotary District 6960. Rotary Clubs of Sarasota Bay, Sarasota Sunrise, Sarasota Gulf Coast, Sarasota Downtown, and Rotary District 6960 donated 1000 copies of The Teen Guide To Health, by Leslie Glass.

Sponsored by Reach Out Recovery and ROR Empowerment, and funded by Rotary Clubs and individual donors, this unique project has brought healthy living and life skills information to teens on the West Coast Of Florida. Since 2021, more that 1000 students have participated in the What Makes You Healthy mental health initiative and 20 high school students have received $24,000 in scholarship prizes for best positive mental health messaging by and for teens. The winning teens have used their experience as part of their college applications and to mentor others both in high school and college.

The unique project provides copies of The Teen Guide To Health and a curriculum. Afterschool programs and art teachers can choose which one-hour curriculum or all 12 to learn the content. Students choose a subject from the book that interests them, create art projects to mentor other students, and submit their entries to Reach Out Recovery for judging. This project joins art and education, bringing crucial health and lifestyle information to teens who don’t receive this kind of comprehensive information anywhere else.

2023 Winners


By Luca Tuero Sarasota High School Three Pillars of Health


By Liana Schlabach Pine View High School Being Socially Healthy


By Nathan Kinter Venice High School Natural Highs


By Gwendolyn Mizak Riverview High School Is it Your Bedtime


By Rebecka (Ruby) Vetrano North Port High School Staying Drug Free


By Lainey Natherson Sarasota High School Social Media Ruins Us

image By Chaw Lin Venice High School Take Control

By Charles Mesia State College of Florida Collegiate School Duality

By Charles Mesia State College of Florida Collegiate School Dualit

By Chaw Lin Venice High School Take Control

The High School Art/Media Contest

On December 5th, the awards luncheon was held at the ART AVENUE gallery where 60 students, teachers, family members shared an exciting lunch program that included speakers, Carrie Seidman from the Herald Tribune, Leslie Glass, 2022 first prize winner Olivia Lee, awards and cash prizes presented by Stacy Ridenour, chairman of the Sarasota Bay Club Foundation and a special piano and violin performance by Alex and Paul Sykes, the gallery owners. 

In 2023, 450 students from high school schools and after school programs including Healthy Teens of Manatee, Unidos Now, Boys and Girls Clubs, Suncoast Science Center, Youth Opera of Sarasota, North Port High School, Rotary Interact Club of Venice High School, Riverview High School, State College of Florida Collegiate High School, Pine View High School, and Sarasota High School participated. All students said they had learned things they didn’t know about brain development and healthy living and recommended the book to their teachers and parents. Many said creating the art projects around the book’s subject has been life changing.

More Favorite 2023 Entries

Teen Guide To Health

Teen Guide To Health is the resource used for the “What Makes Me Healthy” High School Art/Media Contest on the West Coast Of Florida sponsored by Reach Out Recovery and funded by Rotary Club of Sarasota Bay Foundation and other donors interested in the Rotary Teen Mental Health Initiative. 


Leslie Glass

Now more than ever before students, their parents and teachers need a simple roadmap of healthy living to guide them on their journey of growing up safe, confident, and competent to meet life’s inevitable challenges. I wrote The Teen Guide to Health so every teen and parent can have the tools to be all right no matter who or where they are.

Friends Of The Healthy Teen Initiative

2022 First Prize Winner is Olivia Lee from Venice High School.

2022 Winners

Emma Barnes poster

By Emma Barnes

Julia Kobzar poster

By Julia Kobzar

Channon Shouthwell

By Channon Southwell

Graphic Design by Kaitlyn Shoenfeld

by Kaitlyn Shoenfeld

by Kelly Zalewski

by Kelly Zalewski

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