Youth Coalition Holds “Open Skate” Night

The Talbot County Youth Coalition and the Talbot County Parks and Recreation Department hosted an “open skate night” on Saturday night, February 20 at the Hog Neck Community ice skating rink. Over 85 youth participated in this free activity, which included skates, music provided by local DJ Michael Evans, and refreshments.

The Youth Coalition for Alcohol & Other Drug Abuse Prevention is a youth-to-youth leadership program which provides drug-free activities for youth. The objective of the program is to get our youth involved in the problem that Talbot County has a growing substance abuse and addictions problem and assist in finding solutions. The Youth Coalition is a proven research-based prevention program that is used successfully across the country. The program includes:

•         A clear NO tobacco, alcohol, or any other drug policy
•         Strong teen leadership, with responsibility for planning their own prevention initiatives and activities.
•         Focus on issues that teens are most likely to face; alcohol, drugs, peer pressure, sexuality, suicide, etc.

The local Coalition is part of the Youth-to-Youth International program, a research-based community effort that encourages and supports drug-free youth. The programs stress youth community development and personal growth.

The Youth Coalition is looking for new members interested in taking a leadership role in the community, especially younger members to carry the group forward. Youth ages 13 through 18 are invited to come see what the Youth Coalition is all about. If you are interested in helping to plan future youth events, please contact Talbot Partnership at 410-819-8067 or gpearce@talbotpartnership.org.”

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