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Youth attend leadership conference

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By The Staff

 Challengers of Oldham County, is a non-profit, all-volunteer community coalition that focuses on substance abuse prevention and services. Members of the Oldham County Challengers Youth Task Force recently attended the 11th annual National Leadership Conference sponsored by the Underage Drinking Enforcement Training Center in Dallas. 

Challengers’ members, above from left, Liz Mikel, 14, Hannah Held, 15, both students at South Oldham High, Lucas Platt, 13, from East Oldham Middle and Duncan Gryce, 15, from Oldham County High, spent two days in workshops and lectures discussing the nation’s underage drinking problem. This dedicated group, along with board member Anna Gryce and other committee members, are working hard to get the message out to Oldham County residents about the harmful consequences associated with alcohol use by underage youth. 

At the conference, the youth joined adults and teens from around the nation to discuss how to spread awareness about the epidemic of underage drinking. 

Challengers members have decided on a campaign to teach Oldham County residents the effects and consequences of not only underage drinking, but also social hosting – when adults provide alcohol to minors at home parties. 

The campaign will include providing literature and information to middle and high school students, area restaurants and local businesses. 

The Challengers Youth Task Force will also work with city and county governments, parents, civic groups, law enforcement and churches to effectively limit youth access to alcohol and promote a healthier and safer environment for all youth in Oldham County. 

For information call 222-2340 or visit www.oldhamcountychallengers.com.

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