Underage Drinking Interest Group from left to right: Logan Peikiert, Brissa Gonzales, Lakeyn Powell, Jada Salaiz, Trace Lucas, Destanie Snider, Cesar Lopez, Odalis Perez, Toby True, and Journey Carver. Not pictured are Alexie Hernandez, Cy Murphy, and Misti Mills.

The Coalition recently hosted Texans Standing Tall, a state-wide coalition, for a training with the Drug-Free All Stars on media advocacy for substance abuse prevention. Texans Standing Tall is a statewide coalition working towards healthier and safer communities that are drug, alcohol, and nicotine-free. The Drug-Free All Stars are Angelina County high school seniors who are committed to maintaining a drug-free lifestyle and preventing substance abuse in their communities.

On September 24th, 2019, Texans Standing Tall trained the Drug-Free All Stars on how youth can engage in media advocacy efforts to reduce the use of drugs, alcohol, and nicotine products as a part of a larger movement to shape a healthier future in Texas. The training encouraged students to collaborate and work together to use different mediums of media to promote their prevention message. Texans Standing Tall worked with the All Stars to make their messages engaging with different populations, use media that is relevant to targeted populations, and communication tools to use to raise awareness about youth substance abuse.

The All Stars each chose a substance prevention workgroup that they will work with throughout the year to combat the use of that substance in Angelina County. The four prevention workgroups consisted of Underage Drinking, Marijuana, Prescription Drugs, and Nicotine Products. Each of these groups will work together throughout the year to raise awareness on their substance, create media messages, and complete other activities to reduce the use the substance they are focused on.

Since 1988, The Coalition has focused on eliminating the use of harmful substances by affecting public policy, laws, attitudes and behaviors, all in an effort to foster healthy life-long choices for the local community. For more information about the Drug-Free All Stars, contact Abby Baker at The Coalition at 936-634-9308.