Youth Advisory Council Leadership Board Member Joins OYLPN

katie-fletcher-webThe Youth Advisory Council (YAC) is proud to announce that Katelyn Fletcher has joined the Ohio Youth Led Prevention Network (OYLPN). Katie, a four-year member of YAC, is currently a Senior at Evergreen High School. She is an active participant in the YAC Leadership Board and has volunteered at a number of events in the local community. Katie also participated in the We Are the Majority rally this year in Columbus, Ohio and attended the Youth to Youth International conference for the past two years. During the Youth to Youth conference this year OYLPN presented information about their organization, and Katie was excited to join. “It sounded like a fantastic opportunity, so I applied and was accepted. We are working hard to make a difference, and it’s an incredible group to be a part of.”

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The Ohio Youth-Led Prevention Network (OYLPN) is a program of Drug Free Action Alliance and consists of youth-led substance abuse prevention providers and youth across the state who are committed to the cornerstones of youth-led prevention, peer prevention, positive youth development and community service. The OYLPN was formed to build upon and expand partnerships between youth-led substance abuse prevention programs in order to develop and strengthen Ohio’s youth-led substance abuse prevention efforts at both the state and local levels. If you would like more information about OYLPN and how you can participate, visit www.drugfreeactionalliance.org/oylpn.

The Youth Advisory Council is the youth-led prevention initiative of Healthy Choices Caring Communities (HC3) and is comprised of Fulton County high school students. There are currently 50 students serving in YAC with a nine-member Youth Leadership Board that is responsible for planning, implementing and evaluating YAC’s monthly meetings and county-wide youth events. YAC members meet monthly to develop and strengthen their leadership skills and implement county-wide youth events such as the “Color Your Life” Color Run, Stomping Grounds, a 5th quarter style event, and #WhatsYourChoice for middle school students. For additional information about YAC, please visit www.HC3Partnership.org and click Youth Advisory Council.

Healthy Choices Caring Communities, an initiative of the Fulton County Family & Children First Council, is a group of community members working together to prevent and reduce underage substance use in Fulton County. To become a member of the HC3, or for more information about the program visit www.HC3Partnership.org or contact Beth Thomas, Program Director, at 419-337-0915.

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