Youth summit focuses on staying Above the Influence
Caroline MacGregor April 30, 2012 | WGVU
The first-ever Above the Influence youth summit in Kent County is part of
an ongoing national drug prevention campaign
to capture the attention of young people, challenging them to think critically about
the adverse effects of drug use and other influences in their social
and media environments. WGVU’s Caroline MacGregor has more.
Approximately 640 West Michigan 6th-12th graders gathered
for the youth summit at DeVos Place. Benjamin Tucker is the Deputy Director of State, Local, and
Tribal Affairs for the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. He’s
also part of the office’s “Above the Influence” team working side by side with
the Kent County Prevention to fight drug use. Tucker says historically, they’ve had many drug prevention campaigns but
this is different.
Working with community groups like KCPC, engages young people through
activities and messages, familiarizing them with the ATI brand. Shannon Harris is the program coordinator for
Our Community’s Children.
“stay away from those negative influences”
Cheyenne Doss is an 11th grade student at Kellogsville High
School. She agrees the youth summit offers kids a much needed voice.
The event offers kids a chance to hear from those who have dabbled in
drugs The Kent
County Prevention Coalition is one of more than 80 local community partners in over
45 cities across the country selected to partner with the ATI campaign since
The Above the Influence campaign in Kent County serves as a model
for other communities around the nation.
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