Armstrong-Indiana-Clarion Drug and Alcohol Commission Hosts Student Leadership Conference | Community News

The Armstrong-Indiana-Clarion Drug and Alcohol Commission hosted the 2022 Student Leadership Conference on Wednesday.

The conference was open to all school districts in Armstrong and Indiana County.

The students participated in a student summit on prevention planning with Joe Markiewicz of Building Stronger Communities. Students were encouraged to create a positive messaging campaign to run in their schools or communities.

Students had the opportunity to break into sessions to learn how to plan their event, how to engage newspapers and how to create a radio public service announcement.

The students also received statistics from the 2019 Pennsylvania Youth Survey to create their campaigns. The main objective was for students to learn how to develop a positive messaging campaign to reinforce positive behaviors that will reduce rates of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use and other problematic behaviors among adolescents.

Students had the chance to explore the inflatable Mega Brain and Lung exhibits and learn about the effects of opioids and vaping. Local social service agencies attended the student leadership conference and students had the opportunity to interact and learn more about the services available in Armstrong and Indiana County.

The conference was funded by the Armstrong-Indiana-Clarion Drug and Alcohol Commission through a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs.

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