I have joined, developed, organized, and/or led various projects to combat youth substance abuse in my community.
In May 2014, I joined Pima County Teen Court and developed an interest in youth substance abuse prevention. Throughout the next year, I attended various summits with Teen Court which educated me about youth substance abuse and restorative justice. Some of these summits include the Arizona Teen Court Association Youth Summit as well as an all-expenses-paid trip to the National Youth Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C.
In May 2015, I applied to become an Arizona Governor's Youth Commissioner. That summer, I was honored to be chosen as one of only fifty-one commissioners throughout the state of Arizona. I wrote my application essay about what I believed was the most important issue facing youth in Arizona today. I chose substance abuse as my issue. (Read my essay here). Ever since then, I have been extremely passionate about mitigating youth substance abuse in my community.
The drop-down menu under the "Projects" tab highlights different projects I have participated in to alleviate youth substance abuse. These projects include Red Ribbon Week 2015 (Addiction: The Elephant in the Room), National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week 2016, and my AZGYC and Teen Court experiences. As I expand upon my efforts, I will post more projects.