HOPE Chautauqua and CASAC Bring Youth Event to Chautauqua County

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Chautauqua Alcohol & Substance Abuse Council

HOPE Chautauqua’s Youth Advisory Committee, an initiative of Chautauqua Alcohol & Substance Abuse Council, will be holding a Youth Power of Potential (POP) vent for all middle and high school students, their parents, and anyone who works with youth. The event will be held at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts, 116 E. Third Street, Jamestown on Thursday, November 16th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm.

Students from the Dover Police Department’s Youth to Youth Program will be presenting “The Power of Youth Advocacy”. This team of students travels across the country presenting their prevention efforts through media productions, presentations at schools, conferences, community and school awareness programs. This peer-based, youth empowerment program is organized and aggressively participate as part of the solution to the drug & violence problem.

Over the past 25 years, hundreds of Dover kids have participated in Youth to Youth. Those students have created over 100 radio public service announcements, produced dozens of videos, proposed and passed 7 city ordinances and 3 state laws, and conducted hundreds of awareness projects. Currently, 60-70 students meet each week on several action teams to plan various substance abuse prevention activities. Youth to Youth presentations reach over 3,000 youth and adults every year. As a result, Dover Youth to Youth has been the recipient of many national and state drug prevention awards. In May 2015, the group was selected to receive the Advocate for Action award from the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy.

Hope Chautauqua has invited these students to Chautauqua County to provide the featured presentation at this event. There is nothing new about the idea of youth participating in substance abuse prevention activities in a community or, more commonly, in a school environment. However, the impact on the community, and themselves, is like no other.

Additional presentations will be provided by HOPE Chautauqua’s Youth Empowerment Program and CASAC’s Awareness Theatre. There will be basket raffles, door prizes, I-pod give-a-ways, selfie stations, and a resource fair.

Come and join us for this fun and exciting event and see how youth are a vast untapped resource in the effort to prevent the harm from underage drinking and other issues. Youth empowerment will be demonstrated at its finest! This peer-based, youth empowerment program is organized and aggressively participate as part of the solution to the drug & violence problem.

Since 1974, CASAC, a not-for-profit United Way community partner, has been dedicated to providing prevention education and community awareness pertaining to alcohol and other drugs. CASAC is the only New York State Office of Alcoholism & Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) approved and supported alcohol and other drug prevention agency in Chautauqua County. CASAC is one of forty community based councils across the state and one of over two-hundred nationwide. For more information about CASAC’s prevention programs call 664-3608 in Jamestown, 366-4623 in Dunkirk, or go to CASAC’s website at: www.casacweb.org.