Council On Adolescents of Catawba County

Vision – Empowered youth making healthy life choices and achieving their full potential.

Mission – To inspire today’s youth to be physically and emotionally healthy through education, awareness and advocacy.

The Council on Adolescents offers in-school and community Healthy Youth Education programs to youth in Catawba County following North Carolina's Healthy Youth Act requirements and Healthful Living Guidelines. These prevention programs educate youth about making healthy choices, bullying, future goals, healthy relationships, internet/social media safety, nutrition, peer pressure, puberty, hygiene, reproductive health, STIs, sexual violence, teen pregnancy, setting boundaries, and avoiding risky behaviors.

The Council also administers the Lunch Buddy Program, a mentoring program for at-risk youth, to middle school students across Catawba County. This program provides youth a positive adult mentor who meets with them on a regular, planned, and consistent basis. The mentor develops a healthy relationship with the student and encourages them to succeed in school.


  • Provide Healthy Youth Education to youth and their parents
  • Provide mentoring programming to at-risk youth in our community
  • Provide resources to youth, parents, and community members regarding adolescent issues
  • Promote community awareness of issues affecting adolescents’ well being
  • Facilitate the coordination of services related to the needs of adolescents

School Programs - April 2014

March 31 - April 3
Catawba Rosenwald Education Center - 9th grade
Newton-Conover High School - 9th grade

April 7 - 10
Mill Creek Middle School - 7th grade
Bunker Hill High School
- 9th grade

April 14 - 17
Maiden Middle
School - 7th grade
Catawba Rosenwald Education Center - 7th, 8th, and 9th grades

April 21 - 27

April 28 - 29
South Newton Elementary
School - 5th grade

April 28 - May 1
St. Stephens High
School - 9th grade

Upcoming Event!

Benefit Night at Salsarita's!

Tuesday, April 29th

5:00 - 9:00 pm

* 10% of all purchases will be donated to the Council on Adolescents!*

All proceeds from this fundraising event will help support our Healthy Youth Education and Lunch Buddy Mentoring Programs!

Click HERE to view the flyer for more details. Please email or print and post the flyer to share with your friends, family, and co-workers.

For questions about this event, please contact Lindsey Lawhon at or our office at 828.322.4591.

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Board of Directors

  • Chair - Reed Baer
  • Vice Chair - Ginny Beisler
  • Treasurer - Lou Bond, CPA
  • Secretary - Sarah Bailey
  • Dr. William "Bill" Richter
  • Kevin von Allmen
  • Sandy Bryant Costner
  • Dr. Ryan Richardson
  • Dr. Randy Bergman

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1120 Fairgrove Church Rd SE Suite 22
Hickory, NC 28602

Phone- 828.322.4591
Fax- 828.322.2675