#GearUp: Collaborating Around Vape Prevention Efforts Through Media and Policy
Through speaking with community members, school age youth, health providers and service agencies in Stokes we understand that vaping/e-cigarette use by youth is an issue. By attending this session we learned how to inform youth and parents/guardians about the dangers associated with nicotine use by vape devices. We were informed about best practices regarding sharing information to youth to help encourage them to make safer/healthier decisions.
Representatives from Muskegon Drug Free Community shared their success and challenges during their efforts to address vape use by youth in their area. Through their session we were able to gain knowledge on these best practices:
1) Know how to successfully implement coalition activities through social media practices, such as partnership development with local media sectors, and ways to leverage social media platforms.
2) Engage youth in creating messaging, leveraging partnerships and rallying around prevention efforts that result in community change.
3) Collaborate with key stakeholders to develop a universal anti-vape school policy that strives for an alternative to suspension.
For information on how you can talk to your youth about vaping or other issues use the contact us form at the bottom of our main page, through our Facebook page or TalkSooner.org.
CADCA is a nonprofit organization that is committed to creating safe, healthy and drug-free communities globally.
Mark your calendars to attend the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) 16th Annual Prevention Day!
On January 28th at South Stokes High School during the North Stokes vs South Stokes basketball games there was a parent engagement event. We had students from the Environmental Club, Beta Club and Student Government Association for South Stokes distributing informational resource guides to parents and guardians. These youth also collected 80 signatures from parents, guardians and adult community members affirming their stance on preventing underage drinking in Stokes County.
When we think of “kids today” let it be known that there are youth in Stokes County who are working towards making their communities a safer and healthier place to live. The following South Stokes students participated in the parent engagement event: Meghan Giller, Kelsey Joyce, Reece Weaver, Bryson Autry, Maggie Collins, Samuel Anderson, Nancy Maldonado, Laura Cassidy and Erin Heavener.
If you know of a youth group who wants to make a positive impact in the communities where the live, and earn service/credit hours, use the contact us form located at the bottom of our homepage.