Hundreds of Students Learn to
Teach About Making Safe Choices
(Binghamton, NY) More than 550 middle and high school students from 14 school
districts throughout Broome, Tioga and Chenango counties came together on Tuesday
for YES Ignites, where they learned role modeling, leadership and public speaking
techniques. Students will use these skills as they participate in the drug-free peer
leadership program YES LEADS.
YES Safe Choices is a partnership between Senator Fred Akshar and Lourdes
Hospital. YES works to help kids in our area learn skills they need to resist using alcohol
and drugs. YES also provides parents with useful tips and fun activities they can use as
starting points in talking about substance abuse with their kids.
Senator Akshar, attending his first YES Ignites conference, said, “I’m very excited
to help kick-off YES LEADS this year. Over the last several months, I’ve had the
opportunity to see how great these kids are and the work they’re putting into improving
our community. Today’s training will give these LEADers valuable skills they’ll use to
share the importance of living a drug-free life.”
YES LEADers will organize dozens of group presentations for elementary school
students, and sponsor poster contests, family movie nights and other school and
A representative from Youth to Youth International, based out of Columbus, OH,
was on hand presenting a new pilot program called “The pHARMING Effects”.
Developed in conjunction with the Cardinal Health Foundation, the workshop focused
on new ways to educate middle school students about the dangers of prescription drug
abuse and their long term connection to heroin.