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Youths in the News
Joining the UPC Youth Council is extremely important. Hear what YC members are saying...
I feel that alcohol and drugs are becoming too prominent in today's society, and the UPC Youth Council can help the youth make better and more careful decisions.
I think that it is a very good idea to have an organization against underage use of drugs and alcohol because it is an issue in today's society, and I think that an organization could really help to inform and protect people from drugs and alcohol.
I think this is a great cause and would love to be involved in any way that I can.
I like the idea of teens reaching out to other teens because we can all relate to one another.
I would like to help prevent underage drinking and drug usage because I feel that many teens don't realize the true danger of it. Due to peer pressure and cultural trends, I feel that teen views on drinking might be blurred. I would like to help spread the reality of it.
I completely support drug and alcohol prevention. I believe that when a group of young people work together for a unified cause the effect will be much greater.
UPC Youth Council distributes new banners to FCPS high schools.
Become part of the UPC Youth Council
High school students are invited to apply to become part of our UPC Youth Council and support a healthy lifestyle free of alcohol and other drugs. This is your opportunity to represent youth from your high school as well as Fairfax County. View Flyer for first meeting.
You will earn community service hours while creating plans to solve alcohol- and drug-related issues in your schools and communities. Give youth a voice, stand up for what you believe is right, gain support from community members and make a change!
Already this school year, Youth Council members have written for UPC's Patch on Prevention blog (see Youth in the News to the left) and are busy with the following:
- October: The Youth Council created four new animal-themed posters for distribution during Red Ribbon Week to each middle school in Fairfax County to raise awareness on the prevention of alcohol, tobacco and other drug and violence use. Feel free to print out and use our posters (giraffe, pug, cat and spider).
- September: Representatives of the Youth Council manned a booth at South County Government Center's Back-to-School Kick-Off event to encourage youth to get involved. On Sept. 24, our YC representatives attended CADCA's Annual Drug-Free Kids Campaign Awards Dinner to celebrate the importance of youth making a difference in the community. Members even got to meet event speaker and retired tennis great Andre Agassi.
- August: Elected new officers for 2013-14. Leading the group as president is Mary Hill, a West Potomac High School senior. Other officers include Carolina Sosa, vice president; Jade Davis, secretary; and Angela Vasquez, treasurer. The group also asked high school activities directors to distribute the new Youth Council recruitment banners at each high school.
Here were some of the 2012 activities:
- December: Youth Council representatives attended the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) press conference on its "Monitoring the Future" survey and were interviewed for a NIDA video.
- January: The Youth Council received communications and public speaking training.
- February: Representatives from the Youth Council supported UPC by attending Capitol Hill Day.
- April: Youth helped plan and implement a prevention conference focusing on healthy alternatives to stress and alcohol use.
- May: The Youth Council addressed the school board and Board of Supervisors in support of the Parents Who Host, Lose the Most Campaign.
In July 2012 and 2013, members of the UPC Youth Council attended the annual Youth Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Project (YADAPP) Conference at Longwood University. UPC's Youth Council teams in 2012 were recognized as mini-grant award winners at the conference and received $500 to help implement their Strategies to Act Now (STAN) Plans developed during the weeklong event. This plan was key to the first year of the Youth Council's efforts to develop and promote alcohol and substance abuse prevention within Fairfax County. Congratulations and thanks to our youth for their positive leadership roles.
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