Using Students to Educate Students

Four Deer River High School (DRHS) students, along with three adult chaperones hit the trail once again on behalf of alcohol, tobacco and drug prevention. This time they made their way to Nashville, Tennessee, home of the Grand Ole Opry, for the mid-year training of the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America, or CADCA. The training was held July 22 – 26th at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville. More than 19-hundred participants, from around the country, were at the training. Four hundred of those participants were youth who attended CADCA’s National Youth Leadership Initiative.

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The Movement students at the Quadna Youth Leadership Retreat.
The Movement: Raising leaders in ISD 317

It was a three day opportunity for 38 Deer River High School (DRHS) students to make a difference, a way to rise up among their peers and pave the way to a positive path and a way to be a part of The Movement. The Movement is a new phenomenon making its way through the Deer River school district. It’s made up of Independent School District (ISD) 317 youth and a group of parents, business owners, and community members who make up the STEP (Standing Together Embracing Prevention) Coalition. The coalitions goal is to delay and reduce alcohol use in area youth. The Movement, STEP Coalition and the student leadership retreat are funded by a $1 million grant through the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division of the Minnesota Department of Human Services (MN DHS-ADAD).

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