TC2 Youth Leadership Summit Feb. 24

On Friday, Feb. 24, Clark County youth leaders who are passionate about preventing youth substance abuse will converge on the Clark College campus for the second annual Teens Care Too (TC2) Youth Leadership & Prevention Summit. The summit, hosted by the Clark College Addiction Counseling and Education Students (ACES) club, PREVENT! Coalition, and the Clark County Drug Action Team, is designed to bring youth together in order to exchange ideas and solutions, acquire leadership and prevention skills, and to celebrate the effective prevention work that so many youth in Clark County are already doing. Organizers anticipate about 300 youth participants.

This year’s theme is “Youth Voices, Youth Choices.” Young people will have numerous opportunities to share their views on substance abuse issues and their ideas for how youth, adults, and the community can help prevent it. Youth leaders play a key role in facilitating the summit. Strong Teens Against Substance Hazards and Abuse (STASHA), a Clark County peer education team, will welcome attendees and emcee the entire summit. The Mountain View Prevention Club and the Sheriff’s Explorer team will conduct a Conversation CafĂ©, where youth can sit down with adults and community leaders for a youth-led conversation about underage drinking and substance abuse.

Attendees can choose from multiple workshops that include health, prevention, leadership, advocacy, stress-reduction, and using arts to create change. Legacy High School students will lead a workshop on the link between Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), substance abuse and cyber bullying. At the end of the night, youth participants will have the opportunity to perform for their peers in a “no-talent show” intended for both the talented and the more humorous acts. To learn more, contact Sondra Storm at 360-750-7500, ext. 144, or sondra.storm@esd112.org. Clark College is located at 1933 Ft. Vancouver Way in Vancouver.