Teen Institute: Find Your Voice

by Kim Sherony

Let’s face it: Teens get a bad rap. Their voices often get drowned out by news stories about the latest teenager who made a “bad” choice. But here at NCADA, we believe teenagers are pretty  awesome. And we know that every teenager has a unique voice; some soft, some loud, some assertive, others gentle. Regardless of the tone and style, every teen possesses the ability to influence those around them.

This year’s Teen Institute – our 38th annual – challenges participants to Find Their Voice, and gives those teens who want to make a positive impact a chance to be heard.

This life-changing retreat takes place on June 6-9 in Dittmer, MO. Teens from across our seven-county region will come together to learn about the impact of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs and develop the skills to use this knowledge effectively in their schools.

Not only will teens learn something, but they’ll have a blast doing it. Evening activities such as square dancing (way more fun than it probably sounds) and karaoke will keep teens engaged and help them forge new friendships. At the end of TI, participants will leave with skills needed to create powerful, lasting change for themselves, their schools, and their communities.

If you know a teen currently in 9th, 10th or 11th grade who is interested in Finding Their Voice, please visit; or contact Joy Carter or Kim Sherony at 314.962.3456. Space is limited – applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

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