Announcement: Westshore Young Leaders Network


Expanding Student potential through training, education
and drug free events & activities.

The primary goal of the Westshore Young Leaders Network is prevention of alcohol and other drug use among teens through the enrichment of skills in effective leadership, team building, decision making and individual talent development. This project is sponsored by the leaders of the Westshore Council of Governments, whose leaders have approved the implementation of this grant project.

2016/17 Westshore Young Leaders Meeting Schedule


Spring is in the Air

Hooray, the days are getting longer, the flowers are blooming and spring is in the air.  It is a very exciting time for families as they get ready to head outdoors for some of their most loved activities. Now is a great time to discuss family expectations regarding alcohol.

Do you know that Alcohol is the most commonly used addictive substance in the United States?  17.6 million people, or one in every 12 adults, suffer from alcohol abuse or dependence along with several million more who engage in risky, binge drinking patterns that could lead to alcohol problems.

Start the conversation as April is Alcohol Awareness Month 

alcohol awareness month- 2014 poster


Here are a few NCADD(National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence) Recommendations for Parents

**Teach your child that abstinence from alcohol is an acceptable lifelong decision and that they have a right to stand up for a safe academic environment.

**Teach your child that drinking can be risky and to intervene when they see that their classmates are in trouble.

**If you drink, be sure to set an ongoing healthy example regarding adult alcohol use and never brag about your alcohol or other drugs during your own college years.

**When your children go to college, set clear and realistic expectations regarding academic performance, and continue to be as interested and involved in their lives as you were when they were in high school.

Responsibility is "...seldom easy, but always worth the effort." Wise words from our new Talk Early blogger @piwtpitt:
Source:#TalkEarly on Pinterest

Teens and Alcohol: A Bad Mix Developed in partnership with NIAAA, this video highlights research on underage drinking and includes steps that communities can take to tackle this problem.

Some Helpful Internet Links:
National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD):
Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility
Underage Drinking: Talk Early – Talk Often
Drug Free Action Alliance
Partnership for Drug Free Kids
Thank you for helping to make a difference in our community!

Seasons Greetings and Happy Holiday Tips

Thank you for continuing to promote and support the Westshore Young Leaders Network.  We stand proud with each of you as we know all community members make the difference.

Promoting a stress free holiday season requires just a few healthy reminders. Check out a few tips from Drug Free Action Alliance:

New Year’s Eve Events for Families

If you are looking for Family-friendly New Year’s Eve events for kids and families across Northeast Ohio this list is for you! There are many fun options taking place where you can celebrate New Year’s Eve with Kids.

Are you promoting Zero Tolerance or Responsible Drinking? Sending a Clear Parental Message is Crucial during the holiday party season. Here are a few tips from Lisa Frederiksen at Breaking the

Wishing you and yours a happy, healthy and joyous holiday season!

Yours in Prevention
Noreen Kyle

Westshore Young Leaders

School Prevention Specialist

Suicide and Depression Awareness for Students


Depression and suicidal thoughts are two of the most frightening things a person can face in their lifetime. Unfortunately, acting on those suicidal thoughts is a far too common scenario for many across the world, including students. In fact, suicide is the second-leading cause of death for those between the ages of 15 and 24.

This guide is dedicated to helping those who are suffering or have suffered from depression, suicidal thoughts or suicide attempts. It is also designed for concerned friends and family members who might be worried that someone they love will experience death by suicide. Finally, it is meant for students, so that they might spot the warning signs of suicide in others – or in themselves – and find the proper resources.

If a suicide attempt seems immediate, call 911. If the threat is urgent, you can also call the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273-TALK, 1-800-SUICIDE, your local crisis center, dial 911, or take the person to an emergency room. Remove guns, drugs, knives, and other potentially lethal objects from the vicinity but do not, under any circumstances, leave a suicidal person alone. In search of possible means for attempting suicide, don’t forget cars, glove compartments, trunks, and other places within the car as a possible location for weapons.

Update on Issue 3

As you may be aware on November 3, 2015, voters in Ohio will decide whether to legalize marijuana for medical and recreational use. The Ohio Marijuana Legalization Initiative is an Ohio initiated constitutional amendment on the ballot.


This is a very important decision that can have far reaching impact. Please take the time to understand Issue 3 before you cast your vote.



Yours in Prevention,


Noreen Kyle



Get The Facts on Issue 3



Know The Facts About Issue 3William M. Denihan, CEO of the ADAMHS Board of Cuyahoga County, is scheduled to appear on WKYC Channel 3 TV news tonight at 7:00 p.m.


Mr. Denihan will discuss reasons to oppose Issue 3 — recreational and medical marijuana legalization in Ohio. Ian James, Executive Director of Responsible Ohio, is also scheduled to appear.


To Download the Issue 3 Factbook,


Gathering Around the Family Table

Dinner Makes a Difference—On September 28 and Always


The More Often Teens Eat Meals with their Families,

The Less Likely They Are To Smoke, Drink or Use Drugs. *


The Westshore  Young Leaders  support National Family Day and its campaign to Be Involved. Stay Involved.

Join National Family Day

Take the Family Day STAR Pledge.

SSpend time with your teen

TTalk to them about their friends, interests and the dangers of nicotine, alcohol, and other drugs

AAnswer their questions and listen to what they say

RRecognize that I have the power to help keep my kids substance free!


As always we encourage your questions and feedback as to how we can better serve the community.

1 By the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University. The Center Launched the Family day event in 2001

Westshore Young Leaders Annual Leadership Training


FRIDAY, SEPT. 25, 2015 9:00AM- 2:00PM

Held at:

 Westlake Recreation Center

28955 Hilliard Boulevard, Westlake, OH 44145

2015 Westshore Young Leaders Meeting Schedule

TEEN MEETINGS  6:00 – 8:00 pm
Fri., Sept. 25, 2015 -Leadership Training @ Westlake Rec. Center 9:00am – 2:00pm
Thurs., October 15, 2015
Thurs., November 19, 2015
Thurs., December 17, 2015
Thurs., January 21, 2016
Thurs., February 18, 2016
Thurs., March 17, 2016
Thurs., April 21, 2016
Thurs., May 19, 2016
JUNE 2016 – Summer
JULY 2016– Summer
AUGUST 2015 – Summer

There is still time to talk to your teens about alcohol and drugs this summer

Don’t worry if you missed the beginning of summer break to talk to your teen about your expectations for them concerning alcohol and drugs.  The Fourth of July holiday, graduation parties and summer picnics are just a few places your teen may encounter alcohol and drugs.  It’s never too late to start the conversation.

Here are 10 Tips to Protecting Your Teens This Summer:

  • Discuss drinking and drug use with your children.
    • On average 11,000 teens start using alcohol each day during the summer break, compared to 8,000 a day during other times of the year.


  • Don’t let your teens go to alcohol parties.
    • Make it clear to teens that you expect them to leave parties where alcohol is being served.
    • Develop a plan ahead of time and practice with your teen.


  • Keep the discussion open and caring.


  • Make sure they stay out of vehicles if the operator is under the influence.
    • Make it completely acceptable for them to call you day or night if they need a ride home.


  • Always know where they are, who they are with and who their friends are.


  • Point out the influence of the media.
    • Have common sense conversations with your teen on the way movies, songs, celebrity behavior and television influence the way young people look at drinking and drug abuse.


  • Stay connected with your children.


  • Acknowledge and reward your children.


  • Help them get involved in alcohol/drug free activities they enjoy.


  • Set a good example.
    • You may be setting a good example for more than your own children.


These tips are courtesy of