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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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Floyd YAT Member Promotes Healthier Prom Season

One of the most exciting times for students in high school, especially the Juniors and Seniors, is the annual prom. As many know, the traditional prom consists of taking pictures, eating, and then going to dance. Something I have recently noticed as a high school student is the rise in alcohol and drug use on prom nights. Why is it necessary to participate in illegal activity in order to have a good time with either a group of friends or ones significant other? It should be a time to celebrate with your student body, not to lose brain cells or be put at health risk while breaking laws.

Now you may ask, how can I have a good time on prom night without “turning up?” It’s quite simple actually. Surround yourself with a good core group of friends that you know will not participate in any illegal activities and just have fun. While pictures and going to eat prior to prom is not a time that these illegal activities could occur, make sure you are with this group of good friends during prom or right after.

So here is the situation: prom has come to a close and you are leaving, what do you do? There are several different options that will be fun without any harm occurring. For example, going to eat ice cream or frozen yogurt, going to get a snack, going swimming (with parent supervision), etc. It may just be my opinion, but I would choose any of these options which would result in long lasting memories over just a temporary buzz that you won’t remember. Of course there is a curfew that teenagers must obey, but don’t let that limit your fun! Just plan your schedule out so you can ensure that you will be home safe and sound prior to curfew.

High school is the time in life when you make memories that you can look back on in 20 years and think about with a smile shining across your face; prom is the pinnacle of those memories so make sure that prom is one of the best nights to REMEMBER. If you drink or do drugs, that’s not memorable! Do something with your friends or significant other that is safe and enjoy your night!

 

For more information about the Floyd Youth Action Team, visit us! Don’t forget to check out our website and follow us on Twitter and Facebook!

 

Written by Thomas Herrin. He is currently a Junior at Armuchee High School and a 2 year member of Floyd Youth Action Team.

Written by Thomas Herrin. Thomas is currently a Junior at Armuchee High School and  he is a 2 year member of the Floyd Youth Action Team.

Dress For Success!

So heads up, Valentine’s Day is THIS week! With that, means school dances, special functions, date night, and just the beginning of all of the upcoming social events of the spring season! Instead of letting this continuously frosty weather dampen your mood, get out to Floyd County’s Harbor House and visit the Dress for Success dress closet!

Hannah Hudspeth, a twelfth grade Floyd Youth Action Team member, created the Dress for Success program in partnership with Harbor House and the Rome-Floyd County Commission on Children and Youth. The dress closet consists of over 70 donated dresses that are appropriate for prom, school dances, weddings, and other special events. The dress closet is FULL of dresses varying in size, color, and style. At NO charge, Dress for Success would love to grant your wish of having the perfect dress!

Dress for SuccessOnce you are finished with your dress, consider “paying it forward” and giving it back to the dress closet or donating it to a younger sibling, cousin, or friend to use on their special day! If you are interested in setting up an appointment to see all of the beautiful dresses, or you would like to donate to the Dress for Success program, please contact Hannah Hudspeth at the Harbor House, 706.235.5437.