Join the Colorado Meth Project’s Teen Advisory Council

Apr 22nd @ 12:56 pm in News by Scott Staley

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The Colorado Meth Project announced that it is accepting applications for its Teen Advisory Council for the 2013-2014 school year. Members of the Council promote and facilitate peer outreach through a variety of activities in their schools and communities. Students who will be in grades 9-12 during the upcoming 2013-2014 school year will be selected for this year’s council. Public and private high school students representing all Colorado counties are encouraged to apply for consideration. Each member will serve for one year concurrent with the school year, from June 2013 through May 2014.

Members of the Teen Advisory Council play a critical role in the Colorado Meth Project’s community action programs. By encouraging teen volunteerism and spearheading outreach opportunities in their schools and communities, Colorado Meth Project Teen Advisory Council members raise awareness about the dangers and risks of methamphetamine, ultimately helping reduce meth use in Colorado.

Teen Advisory Council members will be required to advise and consult with Colorado Meth Project staff, help plan and initiate community and school events, and participate in monthly conference calls. They will be involved in a wide variety of community events, including creating murals with anti-meth messages, recruiting teen volunteers to staff booths at local events, organizing public education activities at their own schools, and interacting with their peers via Facebook and other social media efforts.

Past initiatives by Teen Advisory Council members have included placing Colorado Meth Project print ads in school newspapers, hosting fundraisers, partnering with other school groups to organize meth awareness activities, and holding school assemblies to talk about the dangers of meth use. Council members have also given invaluable feedback to the Colorado Meth Project’s leadership, providing a teen perspective on the Project’s public education activities.

The Council’s most recent achievement was its leadership role in the creation of the first-annual Colorado Youth Summit, an event that brought together students from across Colorado to build leadership skills, inspire commitment to public service and offer resources to aid youth engagement and outreach on issues of prime importance to young people and their communities, including substance abuse prevention.

Council member Aarika Matney from Brighton High School participated in a number of activities over the past year, including being the Teen Advisory Council’s lead representative in the creation of the 2013 Colorado Youth Summit.

“I planned a Meth Awareness Day at my high school and was able to secure donations for the Colorado Meth Project from businesses and students,” said Aarika.  “I have also enjoyed meeting other teens like me who want to give back to the community, and stop people from using meth. We really can make a difference.”

Teens selected for the Council will attend a day-long orientation program and have an opportunity to meet Colorado Attorney General John Suthers. Throughout their service period, they will be supported through regular contact with the Colorado Meth Project program manager. Council members will chose their own service projects, in coordination with the program manager, and will have the full support of the Colorado Meth Project for their implementation.

Each member will serve a one-year term that will coincide with the 2013-2014 school year. Teens interested in applying for the 2013-2014 Teen Advisory Council must complete an official application, available online at http://colorado.methproject.org/Get-Involved/2013-2014-TAC-Application.pdf .  Parental consent is required.

The completed application and two letters of reference must be submitted by scan/email to info@coloradomethproject.org  OR via fax at 303-438-5613, or via U.S. Mail at 11880 Upham St., St F, Broomfield, CO 80020, by 11:59 p.m., Monday, May 6, 2013. The Colorado Meth Project is solely responsible for selecting candidates they believe are best qualified to serve on the Teen Advisory Council.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT JONATHAN JUDGE, COLORADO TEEN ADVISORY COUNCIL PROGRAM MANAGER, AT (303) 464-1425 OR info@coloradomethproject.org.

About the Teen Advisory Council

The Colorado Meth Project Teen Advisory Council is an extracurricular board of teen volunteers who contribute to the overall success of our organization.  Comprised of extraordinary middle and high school students from across Colorado, Council members aim to empower their peers in the fight against meth through education and service projects. The Teen Advisory Council represents the geographic and personal diversity of the state and works with the Colorado Meth Project to extend the “Not Even Once” message throughout Colorado schools and communities.

About the Colorado Meth Project

The Colorado Meth Project is a non-profit organization that implements large-scale, research-based campaigns and community action programs to reduce methamphetamine use in the state. Central to its integrated campaigns is MethProject.org—a definitive source for information about meth for teens. The Colorado Meth Project is affiliated with The Partnership at Drugfree.org, a national non-profit organization working to help families solve the problem of teen substance abuse. For more information, visit Colorado.MethProject.org.