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Website provides answers and resources to eleven questions teens may have in Park County

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A new website meant for Park County teenagers is designed to help address some of their questions about growing up.

Ask11.org provides answers and resources to questions like, "What is there to do around here?" or "how normal it is to feel sad?", and "why vaping is bad for you?"

Wendy Morris, the Healthy Park County coalition coordination, which is the organization that created the website, said the eleven questions are a result of focus groups at the high schools in Park County on what teens want to find out more about, but are maybe worried about asking adults.

"They'll very often say, especially if I'm talking about something they think they might get in trouble for, so vaping or drinking, marijuana, edibles, anything like that bill, I'll say, 'I'm sure none of you are vaping. But you might have someone in your life,' and they're like, 'Well, I'm asking for my friends.'"

The website is a way to address those questions that teenagers might not feel comfortable asking adults about.

"They talked about friendships and mental health, but just kind of overall, like sadness," said Morris. "And like I said, relationships, and knowing what a good relationship looks like."

She said they provided QR codes in the schools so teens can pull the website up. So far the questions on relationships and sadness have been the most popular.

In order to be a fluid resource for teens, they are continuing to ask what other questions they might have and will update the website every six weeks or so. Although it is targeted towards Park County high schoolers, Morris said it can certainly be helpful for teens around the state.

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