Shattering the Myths: An Interactive Youth Drug Abuse Prevention Rally

Jan 23, 2014, 15:49 ET from The Mentor Foundation

WASHINGTON, Jan. 23, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Mentor Foundation USA, in partnership with the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and other key partners (as listed below), is hosting a Youth Drug Facts Rally at the House of Sweden on Thursday, January 30th, from 8:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. The House of Sweden is located at 2900 K st. NW, Washington D.C. 20007.

Approximately 200 students from 5 local high schools will attend and interact with top U.S. scientific experts and inspiring guest speakers to "shatter the myths" about drugs and substance abuse, while pledging to stay drug-free. The students will participate in poetry workshops led by the DC Youth Poetry Slam Team where they are able to express their feelings and thoughts around drugs and substance abuse.

Keynote speakers include:
Dr. Lonise Bias, mother of the late Len Bias
Dr. Ruben Baler, National Institute on Drug Abuse
Yvonne Thunell, Chairman, Mentor Foundation USA
Tom Tucker, Director of Government Affairs D.C.,Comcast
Stella Edwards, Chairman of the Legislative Committee at the National Parent Teacher Association

Global fashion retailer H&M is, for the third year, participating to celebrate students that competed in the 2013 "drug-free" T-shirt slogan contest.  The winner will be announced at the event, and H&M will sell T-shirts with the winning slogan online at 25% of the proceeds from the sale of the t-shirts will be donated to Mentor Foundation USA. "We are pleased to partner with Mentor Foundation USA to help raise awareness in young people about the dangers of the use of drugs", says Daniel Kulle, President of H&M North America.  "Our sponsorship of the drug-free slogan contest is a way for us to help engage these students and motivate them to stay healthy." Other supporting partners include A+E Networks, the award-winning global media company; Comcast, the nation's largest video, high-speed Internet and phone provider; Endo, a 21st Century health care company and the Venable Foundation.    

Contact: Michael Coursey: (202) 536-1594 |

SOURCE The Mentor Foundation