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Youth Action Teams celebrate Red Ribbon Week with #MyStoryIs

Red Ribbon Week has officially concluded, but the message the Bartow and Floyd Youth Action Teams spread will stick in social media history forever!

Red Ribbon Week, which was nationally recognized October 23-31st, has touched the lives of millions of people around the world. In response to the murder of DEA Agent Enrique Camarena, angered parents and youth in communities across the country began wearing Red Ribbons as a symbol of their commitment to raise awareness of the killing and destruction cause by drugs in America.

Bartow & Floyd Youth Action Teams partnered with GUIDE Inc., Floyd Against Drugs, and the Coalition to Prevent the Misuse of Alcohol to spread the #MyStoryIs campaign. The point of the campaign was that the best stories are drug free!

Some of the activities that the Bartow Youth Action Team did included:

  • Getting their local high schools to share the #MyStoryIs drug prevention messages on the school’s Twitter and Facebook pages: whstwitter
  • Partnered with the Coalition to Prevent the Misuse of Alcohol and handed out over 5,000 red ribbons to all 4 local high schools and 1 middle school.
  • Held a #MyStoryIs photo booth day during all lunch periods at Woodland High School. Encouraged students to post what their story is using #MyStoryIs and #PaintWHSRedsocialmediaposts
  • Sponsored a #MyStoryIs chalk art contest encouraging students to decorate a parking spot in a way that told about an awesome time in their life that occurred without the use of drugs. Winner won a $100 gift card. The WHS Cross Country team were the winning team, but there were plenty of awesome entries!

     

    Some of the activities that the Floyd Youth Action Team did, include:

  • Partnered with Floyd Against Drugs to create a new Red Ribbon Week motto: “ITune out Drugs” which was incorporated into 4 billboards around Rome-Floyd County.billboard
  • Partnered with Floyd Against Drugs to design and provide red shoelaces, color changing pencils, and stickers to all of our students in the Rome/Floyd county schools.  The shoelaces and pencils had the theme “ITune Out Drugs” imprinted on them. Read more about these efforts!
  • Held a #MyStoryIs photo booth day during all lunch periods at Armuchee High School. Encouraged students to post what their story is using #MyStoryIs and #PaintAHSRed
  • Sponsored a #MyStoryIs chalk art contest encouraging students to decorate a parking spot in a way that told about an awesome time in their life that occurred without the use of drugs. Winner won a $100 gift card. Winner Ruth Ann Freeman, wrote, “No drugs were need to have fun when I went to the beach with my best friend Felix ( the lizard) here is us playing in the ocean.”chalkartwinner

 

Both teams did an excellent job partnering with local community organizations to get their messages across to as many people within the community as possible. Red Ribbon Week is only one of many ways that both teams hope to raise awareness and educate around the dangers of drugs and how fulfilling life can be without them. Keep an eye out for future campaigns around Bartow and Floyd!

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Table Talk Teen Maze: The Chris Sandy Story

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ATTENTION ALL YAT MEMBERS: GTI STAFF APPLICATIONS NOW AVAILABLE!

Applications for GTI 2016 staff have been released! Go to the following link, and fill out the online application: http://georgiati.org/materials/staff-application/. All the information you need is right there! Don’t wait to apply; applications are due January 8, 2016 by 5 pm!

Below are some important dates to keep in mind when applying.

  • Staff Development Weekend 1: March 11-13, 2016
  • Staff Development Weekend 2: June 10-13, 2016
  • GTI Week 1: June 14-17, 2016
  • Staff Development Weekend 2.5: June 19 & 20, 2016
  • GTI Week 2: June 21-24, 2016

If you need any convincing to join us next summer, check out these five reasons you need to be on GTI Staff! Please click here to check it out: http://guideinc.org/2014/11/11/five-reasons-to-be-on-gti-staff-in-2015/.

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What is YOUR Natural High?

Natural High….what does that even mean?

With Red Ribbon Week 2015 coming up later this month, we here at Just Us Teens wanted to encourage you to continue living for your passions and pursuing your dreams! Your Natural High is something that you LOVE doing, that you are great at, that makes you feel inspired! It could be playing sports, writing, shopping, laughing! When you focus on your Natural High instead of drugs or alcohol, you are able to dream more, learn more, do more and become your best self!

Bartow & Floyd Youth Action Team Members! Comment below with your Natural High and be entered in to win prizes and potentially get your Natural High on a t-shirt at Georgia Teen Institute 2016! You can be the winner if you submit the most Natural Highs!

Georgia Teen Institute Information

It is ALMOST here!! YAY! In 12 days we leave! So here is some quick info and an attached document with important information about GTI–>GTI 2015 Reg Confirmation Week 1

If you are on my Floyd YAT, then please be at the Floyd County Health Department by 8:30 am on June 8th!

If you are on my Bartow YAT, then please be at the Teen Center (140 Douglas St) by 9am!

It will take us about an hour and half to get there. We will leave GTI around noon on Thursday June 11th. That means that my Bartow YAT parent’s need to be at the Teen Center by around 1:30/2ish, and my Floyd YAT parent’s need to be at the Floyd Health Department by around 2:30. We will call parent’s when we leave GTI to give them a better idea of how we are doing on time.

  • Please pack as light as possible, since we will have to get luggage for 14 on the bus!
  • Make sure your parent’s have my cell phone number, along with the GTI emergency contact numbers provided on the attachment
  • DON’T FORGET: bed linens, pillow, toiletries, bathroom shoes, something red to wear on that Tuesday (shirt, bandana, hat, etc), phone charger, alarm clock, spending money (if you want to buy something from the GTI store)

If for some reason, something comes up and you CANNOT go, you need to contact me IMMEDIATELY!!!

I CANNOT wait to see all of your shining faces on June 8th! Get ready, get excited, GTI HERE WE COME! 🙂