Drug & Alcohol Abuse - York Middle School: SSC 2015

Subject: Drugs and Alcohol, Teens, Drug Policy
Themes: Community Development Young Activists 21st Century
Age groups: Elementary School Middle School High School
Resource type: Video

Samantha Smith Challenge

York Middle School

Team Puma, Group 1

Grade 7

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The Issue: Drug and Alcohol Abuse at York High School

The Question: How can we support the efforts of the substance abuse counselor and the members of the TIDALWAVSE group at York High School to promote awareness of the drug and alcohol problem at York High School?

The Solution: The group's goal is to raise money for the high school TIDALWAVSE program. TIDALWAVSE needs money to buy t-shirts, bring in guest speakers, and sponsor healthy social alternatives.

Community Partners and Stakeholders Consulted:

  • York High School Guidance Counselor, Substance abuse counselor, Gina Brodsky
  • York High School Resource Officer, Nick Piskopanis
  • York Middle School Resource Officer, Jamie Rooney
  • Choose to be Healthy Coalition, York Hospital
  • TIDALWAVSE Organization-YHS

Resources that Influenced Your Thinking:

  • Maine Office of Substance Abuse Information and Resource Center Maine statistics on use of heroin, electronic cigarettes, and marijuana
  • Maine Data on Teenage Drinking
  • Marijuana Facts-US Department of Health and Human Services

Plan of Action:

  • Met with resource officers, high school substance abuse counselor, and TIDALWAVSE members
  • Decided to support the YHS TIDALWAVSE program by fundraising
  • Developed fundraising ideas

Results: Currently, the fundraiser ideas that have been presented to the administrators of the middle school have been rejected. The group is now planning the third fundraiser event and will be submitting for approval the week of April 27, 2015.

Ongoing support needed: Administration approval and fundraiser event


Cassie Reinertson Willis Rivers

Camden Cummings Lauren Woodward

Tyler Rivers Wil Masterson

Greg Goldberg Max Pickett

Kaneda Saravong Kya Talley

Reilly Long Catie Giffen

Amy Forester Jonathan Donovan

Cody Briggs

Teacher: Ms. Britni Rowe, LA Teacher, Puma Team

Names of people who made the video: The whole group.

Thoughts about this experience:

"I learned that I didn't give up after we had our first setback, and two more after that." -Kya Talley

"I learned that we cannot do this whole project without the help of others." -Amy Forester

"With enough people in a group you can make a difference." -Wil Masterson