Drug-Free All Stars Receive Media Advocacy Training

The Coalition recently hosted the statewide coalition, Texans Standing Tall, for a training with the Angelina County Drug-Free All Stars on media advocacy efforts for substance abuse prevention. Texans Standing Tall is a statewide coalition working towards healthier and safer communities that are drug, alcohol and tobacco-free and the Drug-Free All Stars are local high school seniors who are committed to preventing substance abuse in Angelina County.

On September 17, 2018, Texans Standing Tall trained the Drug‐Free All Stars on how youth can engage in media advocacy efforts to reduce the use of alcohol and other substances as part of a larger movement to shape a healthier future in Texas. The training encouraged the All Stars to collaborate and work together to use media advocacy and outreach in order to promote their prevention message. Texans Standing Tall worked with the All Stars on best practices for working with the media, how to generate effective social media campaigns and how to use other communication tools to raise awareness about youth substance use.

The All Stars each chose a substance prevention workgroup to join that they will work with in order to combat the use of that substance in Angelina County. The four prevention workgroups consisted of Underage Drinking, Marijuana, Tobacco, and Prescription Drugs. Each of these groups will work together throughout the year to create goals, a media campaign and other activities to reduce the use of their chosen substance.

Since 1988, The Coalition has focused on eliminating the use of harmful substances by affecting public policy, laws, attitudes and behaviors, all in an effort to foster healthy life-long choices for the local community. For more information about the Drug-Free All Star program contact Abby Baker at The Coalition at 936-634-9308.