The 2017 Youth Summit on Healthy Behaviors was planned by a group of youth advocates from throughout Cenla who served on the Foundation’s Youth Advocacy Council. While serving on the council and planning the summit, members also learned leadership, team-building, research and public speaking skills. A key component of their work was to create an advocacy project to unveil at the summit for participants to take back to their schools to implement.
The 2017 advocacy project is “My Healthy High!,” and includes a Substance and Alcohol Abuse Prevention public service announcement video, toolkit and resource directory. The goal of the advocacy project is to prevent and reduce teen drug and alcohol use across Central Louisiana through providing education, encouraging positive behaviors, and giving alternatives to experimentation. The toolkit includes statistics, tips, a social media challenge, and other valuable resources to encourage teens to educate themselves and their peers about living healthy lifestyles and making positive choices in their lives.