July 2016 Newsletter

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July 2016 Newsletter

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YLC Members Attend the Say What! Texas Tobacco-Free Conference
RX Drug Take Back Day
Three Youth Leadership Council Members Fly to Las Vegas for CADCA Mid-Year
Youth Gather for Summer Training
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YLC Members Attend the Say What! Texas Tobacco-Free Conference

Pictured clockwise: Jeremy Glebe, Kayla Gardner, Kendrion Ferrell, and Angel Uwamu attended the Say What! Texas Tobacco-Free Conference from July 17-20 in Montgomery, Texas.
Pictured clockwise: Jeremy Glebe, Kayla Gardner, Kendrion Ferrell, and Angel Uwamu attended the Say What! Texas Tobacco-Free Conference from July 17-20 in Montgomery, Texas.

The Youth Leadership Council sent Jeremy Glebe, Ahmaris Lechuga, Kendrion Ferrell, Kayla Gardner, Angel Uwamu, and Carlos Vela to the Say What! Texas Tobacco-Free Conference on July 17-20. This year's conference was held in Montgomery, Texas at the La Toretta Lake Resort and Spa.
 
The theme of the first day was "Learn Something," where conference participants were offered a series of workshops that ranged from a history of tobacco prevention to smokeless tobacco, e-cigarettes and tobacco marketing tactics.
 
The conference brought youth from across the state together for four days of learning and bonding.
 
"There are so many people who care about making a difference," YLC member Kayla Gardner said. "If we work together we can get so many things done in our state."
 
Showcasing the diversity of their talents, YLC members participated in the conference talent show. Gardner and Kendrion Ferrell sang a gospel inspired duet called "Great Are You Lord."
 
"The talent show was amazing, especially getting to see the awesome talent that Texas has." Gardner said.
 
"Do Something" was the theme of the second day. Conference attendees got hands-on skills training in policy, advocacy, public speaking, putting together effective PowerPoints, and even social media.
 
One of the workshops discussed the basics of government, such as the roles of public officials and the function of those roles, as well as how to speak to public officials at a forum or committee hearing.
 
"I learned that we should learn about the policies for whatever we're trying to improve, so I plan on being more informed on local and state laws," Ferrell said.
 
The Youth Leadership Council offers important skills that will benefit youth through all of their endeavors. If you or a youth in your life is interested in joining the YLC, please visit our website for more information and fill out an application.

Applications are due by Sept. 16, 2016.

Carlos Vela, Youth Engagement Specialist Georgia Marks, and Ahmaris Lechuga take a pause from the Say What! activities to strike a pose.
Carlos Vela, Youth Engagement Specialist Georgia Marks, and Ahmaris Lechuga take a pause from the Say What! activities to strike a pose.

 

Prescription Drug Take Back Day: Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016

Check the DEA website for a list of take-back sites in your community. To assist in planning your next take-back event, use the Texans Standing Tall Prescription Drug Take Back Toolkit. Be sure to send us photos and updates of the results from any events you hold in your community!

 

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Texans Standing Tall's
STATEWIDE SUMMIT

August 3-4, 2016
in Austin

To achieve our goal of a healthy and safer Texas, we must become community lifeguards--standing up to protect our young people and being prepared to take action when something happens. It takes courage to safeguard our communities, and it requires training, practice, communication skills, and tenacity for the long haul.

Join your fellow leaders and lifeguards in the movement toward a healthier and safer Texas. Learn from national and state experts how to prepare, prevent, and react. Summit topics will include:

  • Impact of drug use on adolescent brain development
  • How to tackle powdered alcohol, tobacco and marijuana trends
  • Effective fundraising and friend-raising strategies
  • Impact of pop culture on youth alcohol and tobacco use
  • Why your voice matters--the importance of civic engagement to advance prevention practices and funding
  • And much more!

Visit our website for speaker bios, agenda, hotel accommodations, and exhibitor information.

REGISTER TODAY!

 

 

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Three Youth Leadership Council Members Fly to Las Vegas for CADCA Mid-Year

Joey Smith, Andrea Marquez, and Katy Turner attended the CADCA Mid-Year Conference in Las Vegas from July 18-22.
Joey Smith, Andrea Marquez, and Katy Turner attended the CADCA Mid-Year Conference in Las Vegas from July 18-22.

It's been a busy summer for Texans Standing Tall's Youth Leadership Council members. Three of our youth attended the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) Mid-Year training in Las Vegas from July 18-22. Katy Turner, Joey Smith, and Andrea Marquez learned new strategies and leadership methods that will enhance their existing advocacy skills.

Director of Research and Advocacy Atalie Nitibhon, Office Manager Stephanie Stutts, and Communications Specialist Kazia Conway attended the conference with the youth. Stutts and Conway attended various sessions to deepen their knowledge of substance abuse prevention efforts and learn more about the obstacles faced by those working in the field.

"Learning about how other coalitions have dealt with successes and failures was really valuable," Stutts said.

Nitibhon was on the youth track with the YLC members and had a front row seat to the leadership exercises that Smith, Marquez, and Turner mastered.

"It was inspiring to watch them learn, grow, and challenge themselves," Nitibhon said. "They took in the information, applied it to what they've already learned, and used the training to further develop their leadership skills."

After developing problem statements, logic models, and action plans, the youth were able to put their talents on display when presenting on a social host ordinance as an environmental strategy to address underage drinking in their communities. All three demonstrated a strong grasp of the leadership and strategic planning skills necessary to create change in their communities.

Joey, Katy and Andrea put together a community needs assessment presentation as one of the activities at CADCA mid-year.
Joey, Katy and Andrea put together a community needs assessment presentation as one of the activities at CADCA
mid-year.

"It was really amazing to be with almost 300 other youth who were working towards the same goals as us," Turner said. "In YLC, we focus mostly on the 'big picture,' but the National Youth Leadership Initiative (NYLI) really helped me to focus on the tiny details of prevention."

Attending the weeklong training wasn't the youth's only activity of the week. Further proving their dedication to their role as youth leaders, Turner and Marquez finished their pop culture presentation "Watching the (Air)Waves" for TST's 2016 Statewide Summit on August 3 - 4.

"All of our youth are incredibly bright and dedicated. Texans Standing Tall is extremely proud of our talented youth leaders, who are working hard to build safe and healthy environments where everyone can thrive," Nitibhon said.

For more information about the Youth Leadership Council visit TexansStandingTall.org.

 

 

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Youth Gather for Summer Training

SaMonica Davis makes her way through the maze on the first day of the YLC Summer Training.
SaMonica Davis makes her way through the maze on the first day of the YLC Summer Training.

Our Youth Leadership Council gathered for their annual summer training June 24-26 for an intensiveweekend of building leadership skills, strategizing, and preparing their presentations for Texans Standing Tall's 2016 Statewide Summit.

Facilitator, Nigel Wrangham, came prepared with creative icebreakers, group brainstorming activities, and tools for guiding the group in creating their 2016 Statewide Summit presentations.

In order to help the youth work together as a team and enhance communication skills, one of the first activities Wrangham led the group in was an icebreaker that required the youth to figure out their way across a maze without speaking to each other. Everyone in the group had to get across with no mistakes, or everyone had to start over. It took the group 19 minutes to successfully complete the exercise.

In order to further educate the youth on environmental prevention strategies, TST's Strategy Specialist, Brian Lemons, presented information about alcohol excise taxes and social host ordinances to the group. The youth then broke out into small groups where they were led by Director of Research and Advocacy, Atalie Nitibhon; Office Manager Stephanie Stutts; and Youth Engagement Specialist, Georgia Marks, in a mock exercise where the youth were charged with developing a strategy to create environmental change in their local communities.

The youth later participated in an exercise that demonstrated only 10% of the population are heavy drinkers. The exercise also demonstrated how much the alcohol industry relies on converting youth into heavy drinkers in order to fuel its business.

Carlos Vela shares an idea with the rest of the group during a brainstorming session at the YLC summer training.
Carlos Vela shares an idea with the
rest of the group during a brainstorming session at the YLC summer training.

The bulk of the youth's time was spent preparing their 2016 Statewide Summit presentations for Aug. 3-4. The youth split into two groups with roughly half of them working on the pop culture presentation, "Watching the (Air)Waves" and the other half working on their data presentation, "Surveying the Waters."

As one of the final activities, the youth brainstormed ways to build the YLC so that it includes more members from diverse backgrounds.

If you or someone you know is interested in joining Texans Standing Tall's Youth Leadership Council please fill out an application and visit our website for more information.

 

 

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