Appalachian Youth to Youth Attends Youth Leadership Summit

On Saturday April 21st, staff and kids from Appalachian Youth to Youth along with Peirce Bingham of 4H Mountain Kids headed to Hickory, NC to attend a Youth Leadership Summit hosted by the NC Attorney General, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust. Youth coalitions from all over the state were present to address and help solve the issue of drug misuse.

The summit was upbeat and engaging for youth, but also had a serious message. A captivating video about four teens who have battled addiction and why they decided to begin using was shown during the summit. The reasons why they began ranged from “just curious” to “I saw my parents do it.” In addition to the video, Youth to Youth members took part in activities and discussions. Hunter Hall, a student at East Yancey Middle School said, “This (the summit) is amazing! It’s just so cool that there are so many kids that know this situation is going on.”

At the end of the summit, each youth coalition worked on an action plan to take back to their communities which addresses the issues of opioid misuse. Local youth developed a plan to use multiple social media outlets to get the message out about the dangers of opioid misuse. They plan to “share” this message at least 1,000 times with the hashtag #ileadnc and #appalachianyouthtoyouth.

To learn more, support our work, or get involved as a volunteer, contact PATH staff at (828) 682-7899, info@pathwnc.org, or www.pathwnc.org. For questions specific to Appalachian Youth to Youth, contact Terri Leiser at terri@pathwnc.org.