Approximately 40 youth leaders from schools throughout
gathered at the Wood County in Elmwood Community Center Saturday for the annual Teen Institute Winter Retreat. Students representing the Jerry City Ohio , Eastwood, Bowling Green Lake, Elmwood, North Baltimore, Northwood, Otsego, Perrysburg, and Rossford school districts, as well as , attended the event. Penta Career Center
Teen Institute is a youth leadership initiative that empowers area youth to develop skills and strategies to send a strong “no use message” and impact drug use reduction in their schools and their communities.
Throughout the course of the Saturday event, youth attended education classes, leadership training events and fun filled drug free activities. Margie Harris from the Arc of Wood County presented information on the only preventable cause of mental retardation, FASD Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. The youth also shared creative ideas for the Junior Teen Institute (JTI) retreat, which will occur March 19 in Rossford. During that retreat, Teen Institute members will lead some of the programs and be role models for a drug- and alcohol-free lifestyle in their schools. Funding for the retreat was made possible from the AHAMHS Board,
, and ODADAS. Prevention Specialists from the Wood County Educational Service Center Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drug (ATOD) Prevention Program organized and chaperoned the event. Wood County Educational Service Center