Youth Council

 

 

 

History: 

We are so proud to have a Youth Council (est. 2019) and youth drug prevention clubs (2017/2018) in our high schools which are extensions of the Forsyth County Drug Awareness Council. Our Founding Director, Tammy Nicholson, has a passion for empowering youth and started clubs for another oganization before becoming our Director and then, after getting the adult council members grounded in strategies, she then vested her evenings and weekends into developing a process and materials for us to start youth clubs as well, and performing a beta test with Pinecrest Academy student officers and parent sponsor who were instrumental in working out the bugs in the concept design and launch.  Then South and Lambert high school students started clubs as well.  The materials then went through a refining process with the help of a summer-intern-turned-volunteer, Abby Spencer (2018).  Officers were being installed.  Clubs were providing prevention activities to their student peers.  It was an amazing process to see be born in our community.  

The Youth Council was then born from the officers of the individual clubs.   The founding members of the Youth Council were/are:

Former Leaders: 

Tapasya Katta (Council Member 2016-2020).  Tapasya held the duel role of both Youth Sector Leader and Founding Lambert Club President. 

Current Leaders: 

Saesha Kapoor (2018 - current)   Saesha holds the duel role of South Club President and Founding Youth Council President/Leader

Vinayak Menon (2019 - current)  Vinayak holds the dual role of Lamber Club President and Youth Sector Leader. 

 

 

 

They hosted their first event in 2019 bringing in the Montana Institute to provide a free day of training about positive drug prevention to any youth interested in Forsyth County.  A multi-school event was planned for 2020 The end result of this process, slated to be in final production in December 2018, will be a fully tested system to build clubs that utilize the strategic prevention model and act as extensions of drug-free community coalitions. Our growing youth membership is now having a positive impact with their peers and others in the community!! We are so proud of their dedication to their clubs and desire to take on everything from helping parents communicate more effectively to spending their time at events to empower their neighbors and peers through education and advocacy. We are also very proud of our Youth Sector Leader, Tapasya Katta, from Lambert High School. Tapasya is an amazing advocate for drug prevention and was instrumental in our Director’s initial decision to create youth clubs for our coalition. She is the current and founding president of the Lambert Drug Awareness Club.

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