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Shout Out! Above the Influence - Helping Teens Stand Up To Negative Pressure

posted Jan 10, 2012, 10:14 AM by Corey Haynes   [ updated Jan 17, 2012, 8:55 AM by Query Media ]
“Above the Influence, a Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign, is inspired by what teens have told us about their lives, and how they deal with the influences that shape their decisions. 

Every teen's life is filled with pressure, some of it good, some of it bad. Our goal is to help teens stand up to negative pressures, or influences. The more aware you are of the influences around you, the better prepared you will be to face them, including the pressure to use drugs, pills, and alcohol. We're not telling you how to live your life, but we are giving you another perspective and the latest facts. You need to make your own smart decisions. We want teens to live Above the Influence.” 

Shout Out! Above the Influence at Turners Falls High School is transitioning into the next part of the project, Expressions! Now that the youth have expressed what negative influences they are above, we are going to explore what keeps them that way. Expressions will let students really express what things in their lives keep them above the influence in an artistic way! Keep an eye out for the upcoming Expressions art! 

The group meets Mondays and Thursdays in Hipolito Baez’s room, M127, from 2:30-4:30pm. New participants always welcome! Just show up, no sign up necessary.

For more information, contact Emily Shea,

Community Projects and Events Specialist
Community Action Youth Programs
154 Federal St, Greenfield, MA 01301
Phone: (413)774-7028 x7
Fax: (413)774-7565
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