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Organization that works hard to keep young adults and teens from smoking cigarettes and raises awareness of the
dangers of smoking

Partnership for Drug-Free Kids

Organization WHERE FAMILIES FIND ANSWERS : We provide support and guidance to families struggling with their son or daughter’s substance use.

Happy 2017 Westshore Young Leaders

Hope your new year is off to a great start!

As the semester ends and our students are away from the classroom check out some fun family activities accessible to Northeast Ohio:

Family time together is an excellent time to start meaningful conversations. One of the most popular times is a get together for the NFL Super Bowl. This contest can be done with your family or encourage your student to share this resource with their teachers for a classroom or school wide contest!!
Join Drug Free Action Alliance in their annual contest called: The Big Bowl Vote: Get in the Game

Save the Date – February 5, 2017


Last year, 112 million people watched the NFL Super Bowl with youth under 21 making up about 18% of the audience. Millions of youth were exposed to alcohol advertisements, and studies show that alcohol ads directly increase underage drinking. 


Meanwhile, 10,000 middle and high school students in 20 states participated in Drug Free Action Alliance’s Big Bowl Vote 2016 last year, which once again revealed how appealing those Super Bowl alcohol ads are to children by letting the kids tell us what their favorite and most memorable commercials were. It also provides a great and relevant discussion point for media literacy.

We’d like to invite you and or your students class to participate in the 2017 Big Bowl Vote.

The process is simple.


1. Friday, February 3 – Have questionnaire copies made and ready for distribution.

2. Sunday, February 5, 2017 – Watch the NFL Super Bowl game.

3. Monday, February 6, 2017 – Have your students or youth fill out the Big Bowl Vote questionnaire. Tally the results using a tally form we’ll provide, and email the results to us at a link we’ll send you.


Drug Free Action Alliance will use the results to issue a press release detailing the national findings.
Click here to get the 2017 Big Bowl Vote Playbook and to learn more about the Big Bowl Vote!
You can also click here to see a sample tally form!

If you have questions, comments, or suggestions to improve the Big Bowl Vote,contact Jim Phipps at

Many of our supporters are aware of the news/data supporting the fact: 
Ohio leads the nation in overdose deaths

Your Teen Magazine: Prescription Painkillers: Should your teenager ever take them?

Family and community conversations are a great place to start.  Here is an outstanding  FREE resource being offered by St.Vincent Charity’s Hospital~~Rosary Hall…
“Does a loved one use heroin, pain pills, marijuana, alcohol or other drugs?  Addiction is a brain disease that can be treated. ” St. Vincent Charity Medical Center is offering FREE education sessions to help families better understand addiction.                                                                                       


You are not alone.  Join other parents in Ohio as we stand together and StartTalking  about Prevention ~~Building a Drug Free Future!!!


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!

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,


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.

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

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