Countywide Substance Use and Violence Prevention Conference on March 28


March 12, 2009
OPA 053/09

News Highlights  

  • Specialized workshops for adults, families, youth, professional service providers; workshops with translation services.
  • Register for the conference at the Unified Prevention Coalition's Web site.

More Information 

Fairfax County and Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) will hold the countywide 2009 Unified Prevention Coalition Conference, “What Today’s Youth Need You to Know,” on Saturday, March 28, from 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Oakton High School, 2900 Sutton Rd., Vienna. The substance use and violence prevention conference will focus on the trends reported in the 2008 Fairfax County Youth Survey, as well as issues pertinent to raising healthy families.

Scheduled speakers include Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova; Fairfax County School Board Chairman Daniel Storck; Sue Thau, Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America; and Shannon Weatherly, Office of National Drug Control Policy, Drug-Free Community Support Program.

The registration form, a list of the workshops and further information is available at the Unified Prevention Coalition's Web site. The conference is free for youth; $10 for adults; $15 for two adults of the same family.

A wide variety of workshops will be offered in specific tracks for adults, families, youth (grades six to 12) and professional service providers. Workshops with translation services for youth and adults also will be available. Topics include bullying; eating disorders; partnering for safe driving; teens and substance use; what teens do for fun on a Saturday night; the challenges of raising teens in a new country; and safe dating.

There is free bus transportation from local high schools. Continental breakfast, lunch and snacks will be provided. Exhibitors from local county agencies, organizations and businesses will present information and resources.

The Fairfax County Department of Community and Recreation Services’ (CRS) annual regional Youth Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Project (YADAPP) conference has been integrated into the prevention conference. YADAPP youth leaders and its regional partners are planning and implementing the four youth workshops.

Conference sponsors include the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board; the Unified Prevention Coalition, which is affiliated with the Fairfax County Public Schools Safe and Drug-Free Youth Section; the Fairfax County Department of Community and Recreation Services; county agencies and community organizations. 

For further information contact Lisa Adler, prevention conference coordinator, at 703-690-6808. 

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