By: Braxton Dye
Teenagers from Harmony Youth Leadership Council have joined forces with other teens and scientists across the United States as part of “National Drug Facts Week” (NDFW). The week-long health observance, organized by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health, takes place Monday, January 27th through Sunday, February 2nd. NDFW celebrates the inquisitive minds of teens by giving them a space (virtual or physical) to ask questions about drugs and to get scientific answers from experts. As part of the NDFW celebration, Harmony YLC students are holding a variety of activities in their school and community.
“I feel like it is important to keep kids and young adults from smoking so we are sharing information about tobacco dangers” said Dalanie Jury. “We want to keep people from hurting themselves and others and we can do this by sharing the information we have learned” noted YLC member, Taylor Kruse.
The Harmony YLC members will be completing the following activities for National Drug Facts Week- Posters in their school and community, providing information to convenience stores about access to alcohol, holding a fact scavenger hunt at the school during the lunch period, and sharing information at the basketball game via popcorn bags, announcements and messages on the program.
Harmony YLC members are committed to sharing the truth about the dangers of drugs, alcohol and tobacco in their school and community. They put positive peer pressure on their friends to choose to live alcohol, tobacco and drug free and be above the influence. You can find out more about YLC on their website at www.ylc.vbsafecoalition.com.