ALTON — The Drug Free Alton Coalition is partnering with Alton High School students for a community-wide event, the second annual Youth Speak Out.
The event will be 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 14, at the Riverbender.com Community Center, 200 W. Third St.
This event provides youths with an opportunity to have their voices heard by local leaders and decision-makers. The goal is to create a vision for positive change.
“The second annual Alton Youth Speak Out is structured to give the youth of our community a way to direct their creative ideas and solutions to community change makers and leaders,” Coalition Project Coordinator Emily Mangi said. “The purpose is for their voices to be heard to help make our community a healthy place to live and grow, from their perspective. The hopes are that some adult in the audience will integrate these ideas in community planning and development, and cultivate partnerships with our youth leaders to create real positive change.”
As a result of last year’s Youth Speak Out, students helped implement a communication campaign with Drug Free Alton Coalition, there have been “just teen” nights in the community and students were recognized by the Cebrin Goodman Teen Institute.
All members of the community are invited to attend this event.
The Drug Free Alton Coalition serves the communities of Alton and Godfrey and the Alton School District. The group’s mission is to establish and strengthen collaboration among Drug Free Alton’s partner organizations in support of the community’s effort to prevent and reduce substance use among youths and to reduce substance use among youths in the Alton area, and over time, reduce substance abuse among adults by addressing the community issues that increase the risk of substance abuse and promoting the factors that minimize the risk of substance abuse. For information, visit the coalition website at www.drugfreealton.com.