Awareness

The Power to Write Your Future

Contributed by Jennifer Bateman, Ph.D., National Vice President, Youth Development Programs at Boys & Girls Clubs of America Carl Bard says, “Although no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.”...

GUIDE’s Youth Advisory Board Attends Substance Abuse Prevention Day

On February 23, three GUIDE Youth Advisory Board (YAB) members, along with GUIDE staff, attended Substance Abuse Prevention Day at the Georgia Capitol. Youth Action Teams and youth from across the state joined prevention professionals to speak with legislators about...

Tools for Advocacy: How to Contact Your Elected Officials

What is Advocacy? An advocate is a person who speaks, writes or acts in support of a person or issue. Practicing advocacy allows you to clarify your personal values and beliefs, use your voice about something important to you and help affect change. One way you can be...

Why Drug Prevention Must Continue Even During a Decline

Nationally, the 2016 Monitoring the Future survey shows a steady “decline in the use of many illicit substances” among teens, such as alcohol, marijuana, tobacco and prescription drug misuse. The report shows that the percentage of teens reporting that they have “been...

Six Keys to Effective Advocacy

The year may have just begun, but we are gearing up for Substance Abuse Prevention Advocacy Day in Atlanta on February 20. We will join agencies from across the state to talk about the importance of substance abuse prevention with our state legislators. While this day...