East County Youth Alliance
Youth as Prevention Advocates
We train young people to speak out and write to policy makers and the news media. Youth can influence the news media to report on issues of alcohol, tobacco and drug abuse, substance abuse related problems and how they impact young people.
Our youth newsmaking is policy-driven to improve community norms and create healthier, substance-abuse free communities. (click here for youth news quotes)
When asked what 'beat' they cover, many youth journalists in colleges, high schools and middle schools are starting to say substance abuse prevention. Under our direction, they write compelling stories about alcohol and drug abuse and the dangerous link to crime, violence and other social ills. They don't just report the date rape, they report the drug and alcohol abuse that may have led to the crime.
Our goal is to encourage young journalists to delve beyond the traditional "who, what, when, where and why" of journalism, and to explore the environment of substance abuse that leads to the "bad, ugly news" of society. (click here for stories by youth journalists)
Every child and adolescent deserves to live in an environment that promotes health, success and well being. Join our East County Youth Alliance. We need youth voices to help us create a promising, substance abuse free world for everyone.
For information contact Diane Ake, Prevention Specialist @ (619) 442-2727 ext. 111 or e-mail: email@example.com.