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Teen Institute 2016 Recap

Teens learn leadership skills and bond with prevention peers during four-day retreat

Seventy-seven teens from 33 different area high schools participated in the 37th annual Teen Institute for Prevention Leaders, held in Dittmer, Missouri, from June 7-10. This year’s theme was “Start Here” and students were encouraged to “start” their efforts to prevent the damage done by alcohol, tobacco and other drugs – which could involve starting a club at their school or just starting a conversation with a friend.

Teens participated in informational workshops on substance misuse and heard from individuals who have faced addiction in their own lives. When they weren’t learning, attendees recharged by paddle boating, playing sports, and just relaxing with new friends. They even participated in a yoga class and learned a few circus tricks!

The participants left with more knowledge about alcohol, tobacco and other drug use, and with more confidence in their leadership skills. Most importantly, they left with the enthusiasm to share their knowledge, and the realization that they can make a difference.