Our Teens are Doing Great Things! May 13, 2016 5:03 pm

Personal and Family Counseling Services’ (PFCS) Youth-Led Prevention Program is designed to engage and embrace young people as partners in their own personal development, teaching them to make healthy lifestyle choices, providing a no-use message against all substances, and involving adults in a guiding and supporting role. In this unique model, students play an active role in planning, implementing and evaluating school-wide substance abuse prevention initiatives.

The 2015-2016 school year has been a busy one for our Tuscarawas and Carroll County Youth-Led Prevention groups. Our groups participated in the National Youth to Youth Conference; Red Ribbon Week; National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week; Kick Butts Day; We Are the Majority Rally; and the Nordonia Teen Institute Retreat. Additionally, as part of youth-led prevention, a Youth Advisory Board (YAB) was created to act as a connector for all of the school districts. The board provides the opportunity for brainstorming, training and networking to the students who are leaders in their respective youth-led prevention groups. Currently, approximately 23 students serve on the board, meeting monthly to focus on strategic planning and implementation of activities to effect change in substance use and other behavioral health issues among youth in their communities. This year, the Youth Advisory Board has had the opportunity to develop relationships with civic and government leaders, and have partnered with the Anti-Drug Coalitions of Tuscarawas and Carroll Counties.

We are incredibly grateful to all of our community partners and our donors who supported our youth-led prevention efforts this year! We are changing lives and our communities with the help of your generosity, kindness and compassion.

Want to learn more about the youth-led prevention movement in Tuscarawas and Carroll County? Visit www.2smarttostart.com and check out our Youth 2 Youth Newsletter. Want to be involved in youth-led prevention? Please contact Jodi Salvo, PFCS Prevention Services Coordinator, at jsalvo@pfcs1.org.