Recently, Youth Assist Program (YAP) member Jordan Kelley and his classmates at McGraw Central School District took part in the “I choose” campaign for National Prevention Week. The “I choose” project was an easy way to make a difference, be a positive example, and inspire others by taking a photograph of yourself holding a sign with your personal message about why substance abuse prevention or mental health is important to you. By participating in the project, the students helped spread the word that our choices make a big difference in our lives, our health and our future.
Their “I choose…” signs identified many things they will not do such as smoke, drink, gamble or use drugs along with “not listen to bullies” and other wise decisions. Some students listed positive things they will choose to do such as wear a seat belt, recycle and be a good friend. A few had broad reaching goals such as “make the world a better place.”
People from throughout the United States have uploaded their “I choose” photos to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) website for National Prevention Week 2015. Click here to visit the “I choose” photo gallery on the SAMHSA website.
The Youth Assist Program is one of many services offered by Cortland Prevention Resources. To learn more about the YAP and other activities for youth and families, visit their website at cortlandprevention.org or call 607-756-8970.