Celebrating 25 Years of Young People Making a Difference! Student Training And Resource Services Presents ... 'Aim for the STARS'

Apr 27, 2001, 01:00 ET from Student Training And Resource Services

    YAKIMA, Wash., April 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Student Training And Resource
 Services, home of Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) -- Washington
 State has taken a bold new step to bringing the issues of youth and young
 adult safety to as many as possible in one place and at one time.  The
 conference, "Aim For The STARS" will be held in Yakima, WA at the
 Yakima Valley Sundome on May 10 - 11, 2001.
     In today's world, more kids are turning to drugs and alcohol in a search
 for acceptance and entertainment.  Currently, 4 million kids in grades
 6 - 12 use drugs on a monthly basis.  At least one million use drugs on a
 daily basis.*
     The Conference will host six national keynote speakers who are experts in
 the field of prevention and positive choices.  This will be the first time
 these six speakers will be housed under one roof.  There will also be a
 music/dance group visiting the conference with a wonderful sound using their
 own original music.
     Youth and young adults of all ages are invited to attend.  Advisors,
 interested adults, supporters of SADD are also invited.  Registrations have
 been mailed out to the Pacific Northwest, including Alaska.  We want the
 nation to know that the young people of the northwest care and are fighting
 the war against violence, alcohol and drugs, drinking and driving, seat belt
 misuse and other destructive decisions.  But the war is not over.  We still
 have battles to fight.
     Just within the last two weeks a youth died in Southwest Washington from
 drinking and operating a motor vehicle.  A youth in Central Washington took a
 gun to school and held his class hostage.  A young person committed suicide.
 We have an epidemic in our state and in our nation.  Our work will not be
 completed with young adults still dying from poor choices.  According to
 research by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, alcohol is
 a factor in the three leading causes of death for 15 - 24 year olds:
 accidents, homicides, and suicides.
     In Washington State youth start drinking at 10 years of age on the
 average.  By the eighth grade, nearly 60% have experimented with alcohol.  Up
 to 66% of 8th, 10th and 12th graders obtain alcohol from friends.  Among sixth
 graders, half usually get their alcohol from home.
     "The Washington State Traffic Safety Commission is proud of our
 partnership with young people," said John Moffat, Director -- WTSC.  "The
 traffic safety problems belong to all ages and we need to work together to
 make our communities safer."  Through youth programs, we are making a
 difference in young peoples lives, but still more needs to be done.
     This conference is the first of many steps STARS -- SADD WA State is
 taking to help wage this war.  Registration is $25.00/participant.  With the
 help of the Washington Traffic Safety Commission and a group of volunteers the
 conference is at a low rate in hopes many can attend.  Call STARS for more
 information.
 
     *Source:  1998-1999 P.R.I.D.E. Survey (National Parents' Resource
 Institute for Drug Education, September 1999)
 
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    YAKIMA, Wash., April 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Student Training And Resource
 Services, home of Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) -- Washington
 State has taken a bold new step to bringing the issues of youth and young
 adult safety to as many as possible in one place and at one time.  The
 conference, "Aim For The STARS" will be held in Yakima, WA at the
 Yakima Valley Sundome on May 10 - 11, 2001.
     In today's world, more kids are turning to drugs and alcohol in a search
 for acceptance and entertainment.  Currently, 4 million kids in grades
 6 - 12 use drugs on a monthly basis.  At least one million use drugs on a
 daily basis.*
     The Conference will host six national keynote speakers who are experts in
 the field of prevention and positive choices.  This will be the first time
 these six speakers will be housed under one roof.  There will also be a
 music/dance group visiting the conference with a wonderful sound using their
 own original music.
     Youth and young adults of all ages are invited to attend.  Advisors,
 interested adults, supporters of SADD are also invited.  Registrations have
 been mailed out to the Pacific Northwest, including Alaska.  We want the
 nation to know that the young people of the northwest care and are fighting
 the war against violence, alcohol and drugs, drinking and driving, seat belt
 misuse and other destructive decisions.  But the war is not over.  We still
 have battles to fight.
     Just within the last two weeks a youth died in Southwest Washington from
 drinking and operating a motor vehicle.  A youth in Central Washington took a
 gun to school and held his class hostage.  A young person committed suicide.
 We have an epidemic in our state and in our nation.  Our work will not be
 completed with young adults still dying from poor choices.  According to
 research by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, alcohol is
 a factor in the three leading causes of death for 15 - 24 year olds:
 accidents, homicides, and suicides.
     In Washington State youth start drinking at 10 years of age on the
 average.  By the eighth grade, nearly 60% have experimented with alcohol.  Up
 to 66% of 8th, 10th and 12th graders obtain alcohol from friends.  Among sixth
 graders, half usually get their alcohol from home.
     "The Washington State Traffic Safety Commission is proud of our
 partnership with young people," said John Moffat, Director -- WTSC.  "The
 traffic safety problems belong to all ages and we need to work together to
 make our communities safer."  Through youth programs, we are making a
 difference in young peoples lives, but still more needs to be done.
     This conference is the first of many steps STARS -- SADD WA State is
 taking to help wage this war.  Registration is $25.00/participant.  With the
 help of the Washington Traffic Safety Commission and a group of volunteers the
 conference is at a low rate in hopes many can attend.  Call STARS for more
 information.
 
     *Source:  1998-1999 P.R.I.D.E. Survey (National Parents' Resource
 Institute for Drug Education, September 1999)
 
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