Stand Up, Speak Up, and Be Heard
Students Taking on Prevention (STOP) is a youth advocacy group of the Partnership of Community Resources. The program is open to middle school and high school students in Douglas County. STOP empowers youth to stand up, speak up and be heard regarding drug awareness and health issues that affect all teens. Members of this program receive invaluable training and experiences in activism and advocacy through youth conferences, peer-to-peer classroom education and participation in campaigns such as Red Ribbon Week, Great American Smoke Out, National Drug Facts Week, Kick Butts Day and National Prevention Week. STOP meets bimonthly at Carson Valley Middle School, Pau Wa Lu Middle School and Douglas High School and a core advisory group meets at the Partnership of Community Resources office 2-3 times a month.
Pau Wa Lu Middle School STOP youth encourage classmates to learn about the health effects of tobacco use during Kick Butts Day.
High School members present in 9th grade health classes. The presentation discusses the effects of marijuana, tobacco and alcohol use, prescription drug misuse and teaches skills to resist peer pressure.
STOP youth learn the history of the Nevada Legislature, practice activism and meet local politicians. In 2015, STOP had a chance to talk with Senator James Settelmeyer and Assemblyman Jim Wheeler.
Left: Be The Voice statewide youth conference. Right: Two STOP members learn the interview process with Truth Campaign.