High school youth across Northeast Iowa are joining these groups to work on many initiatives to prevent and end alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use and abuse. Their efforts—such as Red Ribbon Week, the Great American Smokeout, Drug Facts Week, Through with Chew Week, and Kick Butts Day—promote awareness and education among their peers and community.
Each group has control over what initiatives they want to focus on and how they’ll raise awareness for that cause. Below are some of the trainings and events that groups may attend.
EWALU Leadership Day | This day-long event focuses on tobacco-use prevention. It allows students to build good relationships between other schools and strengthen their own high school group, these students can be more effective in encouraging their peers to be tobacco-free.
During small breakout sessions, the students learned about Youth Advocacy and Tobacco 101 through these sessions and trainings:
- ISTEP (Iowa Students for Tobacco Education and Prevention) Each school’s members spend time planning events for the school year, such as street marketing events. These very visual events promote tobacco awareness and education among their peers. Visit ISTEP on Facebook and Twitter to see what groups are up to.
- Tobacco Education | This training covers the risks of tobacco use. After this training, the high school students then visit elementary/middle school classrooms to give prevention presentations, lead activities related to what they have learned, and be positive role models to the younger students.
Team building is another big theme of the Leadership Day. Through the EWALU ropes course, students are given leadership opportunities to sustain and help their school groups flourish.
EWALU Leadership Day
|School||Group Name||School Sponsor|
|Decorah||TATU | Teens Against Alcohol and Tobacco Use||Liz Fox, English Teacher|
|Crestwood||HEROES | Helping Explain Risks of Every Substance||Trish Hartman, Guidance Counselor|
|Ed-Co||YODA | Youth Opposing Destructive Actions||Morgan Weaver, Guidance Counselor|
|Lansing Kee High||Youth Power||Jeannine Hisel, Guidance Counselor|
|Maquoketa Valley||MVTEL | Maquoketa Valley Teens Eliminating Lies||Mary Ries, School Nurse|
|North Fayette Valley||NFV Group | Name of group in transition||Teresa Burrack|
|Postville||Student Ambassadors||Susie Schlein, Spanish Teacher|
|Riceville||Name in transition||Michelle Berentsen, School Nurse and Michelle Dohlman, Guidance Counselor|
|South Winneshiek||SODA | Students Opposed to Drugs and Alcohol||Jessica Peters, English Teacher
|Turkey Valley||YODA | Youth Opposed to Drugs and Alcohol||Rhonda Drilling, Success Coordinator|
|Waukon||SWAT | Students working Against tobacco||Brian Hilsabeck, Asst Principal|
|West Central||West Central Tobacco Coalition||Steve Milder, Guidance Counselor|
|West Delaware||TADA | TEENS AGAINST DRUGS AND ALCOHOL||Kathy Naughton, WDHS Science|