Community Health Challenge (CHC) and community partners are launching Forward /U., an initiative to help teens recognize and confront negative pressures and behaviors.
Forward/U. is an interactive choice-coaching program that brings parents and teens together for a day of awareness activities. The campaign’s focus is empowering teens to make smart decisions about drugs, alcohol, and other destructive behaviors.
On April 15, 2012, Beaver County will host its firstForward /U. event at the CCBC Monaca Campus. The day’s events include teen-only activities like “Tag-It”, in which participants identify negative influences in their communities and share ways to stay above them. Parents will explore a mock teen bedroom and identify types of drugs and drug paraphernalia. Other activities include a mock car crash, and guest speakers who will educate on a variety of substance abuse and safety topics.
CHC director Lori Vish-Stearns says, “The more parents and teens are aware of the risks around them, the better prepared they’ll be to confront them, make informed decisions, clarify personal goals, and effectively achieve them. Forward/U. heightens “influence literacy” among parents and teens and promotes critical thinking and individuality.”
*For the current list of Forward /U. community partners, please visit the www.forwardu.org website