The Drug & Alcohol Commission created the “Youth Advisory Board” in May 2003 to provide interested teens with opportunities to take a leadership role in preventing alcohol, tobacco, and other drug abuse in their schools and communities.
The Youth Advisory Board also serves as Cumberland County's TATU chapter. TATU is a statewide organization that is made up of students, adults, and teachers devoted to helping teens live healthy, tobacco free lives. It is dedicated to stopping the manipulation of Big Tobacco on today's youth. Youth Advisory Board members have participated in a series of learning events and community prevention activities, including “Sticker Shock,” Synar checks, and National Night Out. Members have met with legislators, attended statewide conferences, and were featured speakers at a Town Hall Meeting.
We benefit, too. Youth Advisory Board members help us better understand what is happening in our schools and communities. Based upon the Board’s guidance we have been better equipped to develop relevant prevention programming tools.