Drug free “Youth Leadership Fall Retreat” offered to 7th and 8th grade students

As a result of the District’s Cardinal Health Foundation Grant for substance use prevention, select 7th and 8th grade students will be joining Union County students for a drug free “Youth Leadership Fall Retreat” on Friday Nov. 2 and Saturday Nov. 3.

The retreat is an overnight camp for 7th and 8th grade student leaders. Student leaders are chosen by building principals at each middle school. Each school will send 15 student leaders to the retreat. The drug free retreat will offer small group breakout sessions, team building activities, entertainment, a keynote speaker and more. Trained drug free high school student leaders will serve as youth staff for the students.

“This is an amazing opportunity for middle school students to build positive relationships with others who share the same values as them and to grow in their leadership abilities,” said Lilly Shepherd, one of the youth staff members from Dublin Coffman. “As school and the other stresses of life start becoming more of a factor in an individual’s decisions, it’s important to have experiences like this one to draw from that encourage you to choose, and continue to choose, healthy and positive choices.”

The mental health and wellbeing of our students is one of Dublin City Schools’ main priorities and we strive to provide students and parents with resources to assist in the areas of health and wellness.

“I am so proud of the work the high school students have done in partnering with Union County students in preparation for this special leadership program,” said Dr. GeorgiAnn Diniaco, the District’s Safe and Drug Free Schools Program and Teen Institute Advisor. “The Cardinal Health Foundation grant provides an excellent opportunity for these two communities to work together to help young people solidify their personal commitment to make healthy lifestyle choices.”
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