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Youth Engagement for Awareness, Fun, and Sobriety!

By Carlos G. Rodriguez, Program Director

On January 26, WestCare Illinois staff took 14 students from our
partnering school, Pathways in Education to Jak’s Warehouse for food and fun. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) awarded WestCare a five-year grant, Partnerships for Success. The goal of the grant is to reduce underage drinking and other drug use by providing group programming for local alternative high schools.

WestCare’s Carolina Diaz and Lydia Shepard recently planned an engaging outing for students. The purpose of the engagement activity was to develop closer relationships with the students, teachers, and the staff of Pathways; increase program enrollment, and provide sober fun for our group participants.

Students and staff were treated to an evening of pizza and ice cream as well as an array of games and activities including go karts, basketball, video challenges, rock climbing, laser tag, and a high ropes course!

By WestCare

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