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We are the Majority!

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Informing Youth about the Heroin Epidemic

Informing youth about heroin epidemic

Westshore Young Leaders Network

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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.

Back to School !

We will resume programming for the 2014/15 school year with our Student Leadership Training on November 21, 2014 at the Don Umerley Civic Center.

Teens and Heroin in the Suburbs

Teens and Heroin in the Suburbs: Expert Advice – Your Teen Magazine

Stephen R. Sroka, Ph.D.,

President, Health Education Consultants

Adjunct Assistant Professor, School of Medicine

Case Western Reserve University

Parents Pledge

Bay Village Parent Pledge focuses on prevention of student drug and alcohol abuse

Bay Village Parents announce a signatory pledge drive directed towards increased parental engagement to help reduce substance abuse among the community’s youth. The pledge form is on the Bay Village School District website at Bay Village Parent Pledge.

Due to the unfortunate presence of alcohol and drug use among the youth in Bay Village and surrounding communities, the Bay Village PTA has started a pledge drive. For many years the city, through their police force, and the schools, through their drug education programs, has been trying to fight and reverse the bad choices that some children have taken.

The time has come for parents to take a more active role in this fight. When DEA agent, Bob Stutman, talked to the community in the early fall, the question was asked: “Can we say, we tried our best to prevent the next death?” The Bay Village Parent Pledge drive is an effort to reverse the growing substance abuse statistics. The mission is simple: To promote greater parental responsibility to keep our children drug and alcohol free.

Bay Village PTA believes this to be a fundamental piece in keeping our youth substance abuse free while understanding that there are no simple solutions.The pledge was developed by Bay Village PTA, with the input of Bay Family Services and Bay Village Police Detective Krolkosky, to reflect the issues that are observed locally.

The pledge addresses three main facets that are observed in our community’s families.

Pledge Point 1) To never condone alcohol or drug use for children. Tacit denial or condoning of a little bit of drug or alcohol abuse by our youth is not acceptable. By signing the pledge, parents will realize that they do not stand alone in our community when they live by this rule in their house.

Pledge Point 2) To be an active participant in my children’s lives by regularly having open communication, participating in family meals, and maintaining awareness of my children and what they are doing. Substance abuse often happens within our own homes and when our children are left unsupervised. Parents need to be active participants in their children’s lives by talking to them on an ongoing basis, being active in their lives, and setting rules and expecting the rules to be followed. Research clearly shows that in the fight against drugs and alcohol, family relationships do matter. There is a direct correlation between how many dinners a family has together and the likelihood of substance abuse. Increasing the number of meals families have together is something every Bay Village parent can do.

Pledge Point 3) To recognize that I am the most powerful influence in my children’s lives and take ongoing responsibility for educating my children about substance abuse. Bay Village parents and guardians cannot forget that they are THE most powerful influence in their children’s lives. The drug landscape is constantly changing. It is every parent’s responsibility to educate themselves and their children, on an ongoing basis, about the different types and the effects of substance abuse. Parents are the most significant role model in their children’s entire lives and have the power to influence the choices their children make.

Help change to course of the risky behavior our children are currently taking and sign the pledge atBay Village Parent Pledge.

 

About Us

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In the summer of 2010, Westshore Enforcement Bureau (WEB), received stimulus funding from the State of Ohio. This grant was used to establish the Westshore Young Leaders Network comprised of middle and high school students from WEB’s six service communities: Bay Village, Fairview Park, Lakewood, North Olmsted, Rocky River and Westlake. Since 1975, WEB has provideddrug and alcohol prevention services through a broad range of community presentations. WEB is heralded as a model drug task force in Ohio.