National Youth Leadership Initiative coalitions in Harrison, Randolph and Taylor counties and their director, Greg Puckett, have partnered with the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy's "Above the Influence" Campaign, to host the first-ever National Above the Influence Day in Elkins.
Youth and local stakeholders will gather at Davis & Elkins College to hear directly from teens in Harrison, Randolph and Taylor counties about what they do to resist drug use and stay above negative influences. A panel discussion is set at 3 p.m. Thursday at D&E College's Eshleman Science Center in Room 400.
Local teens from the three counties participated in the "Tag It" and "Be It" ATI activities during the week to express their perspectives about influence as part of the national launch of ATI Day.
Elkins is one of four featured communities participating in National Above the Influence Day. In Washington, D.C., Maryland and Nevada, teens and community organizations will join together via satellite to celebrate National ATI Day.
A program of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, ATI's efforts in local communities focus on connecting directly with teens and local youth-serving organizations to deliver messages, activities, and support to help the Nation's youth stay "above the influence" of drugs, alcohol, and risky behavior.
President Obama issued the 2nd Presidential Proclamation recognizing October as National Substance Abuse Prevention Month. ATI Day - a day of youth-led activities - is the apex of the month's observance.
Randolph County Family Resource Network Director Rebecca Vance said she hopes residents and the youth of the area will attend this event and help celebrate children.