Congressman Pete Sessions (TX-17) recently visited The Coalition, Inc. to meet coalition youth and other members. The youth shared their concerns regarding youth substance misuse with Congressman Sessions and talked about ways they are working within the community to prevent underage use. The youth in attendance were Martin Aguilar III, Central High School; Ben Hicks, Lufkin High School; Jaydn Burns, Diboll High School; DeAndrew Dodd, Pineywoods Community Academy; and Helena Nerren, recent graduate of Pineywoods Community Academy. Board members Maci Dover and Judge Wes Suiter described the importance of community coalitions and suggested ways to support prevention efforts, including increased funding. Congressman Sessions congratulated the students on making the choice to remain drug, alcohol and tobacco-free and encouraged them to continue their prevention work in the community. Thank you to Congressman Sessions and his staff for visiting and listening to the issues that youth in our community face regarding harmful substances.
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 on the dangers of youth substance use or The Coalition, contact Sharon Kruk at The Coalition at 936-634-9308.