UPC Youth Council

UPC Youth Council Working to keep youth and young adults safe and drug free UPC’s mission is to prevent violence, alcohol, and other drug use by youth and young adults in Virginia’s most populous county.

Our hallmark is a commitment to community collaboration—more than 50 community organizations partner with us as health advocates in a shared vision of making our community a better place. http://www.unifiedpreventioncoalition.org/

Our hallmark is a commitment to community collaboration—more than 50 community organizations partner with us as health advocates in a shared vision of making our community a better place. http://www.unifiedpreventioncoalition.org/

Mission: UPC's Youth Council is made up of high school students throughout Fairfax County who are empowered to plan and implement youth-driven prevention activities supporting a healthy lifestyle free of alcohol and other drugs.

UPC Youth Council
11/01/2017

UPC Youth Council

We're at it again! Thank you Aimee for joining us today, we had a great time, and it was wonderful to meet you!
09/22/2017

We're at it again! Thank you Aimee for joining us today, we had a great time, and it was wonderful to meet you!

Spent the morning with some awesome high schoolers from Fairfax County. They are part of an initiative called Project Sticker Shock. They volunteer their time going to grocery/liquor stores and putting stickers on the alcohol cases that warn of the consequences of buying alcohol for minors. The students told me they hope to raise awareness of how dangerous underage drinking is, to help keep their peers from getting into trouble with the law or ruining their health. I'll have more on this inspiring group of students tonight on News4 at 5

09/22/2017

Tune into NBC 4 news now to find out what our youth council has been up to!

The DEA Drug Take Back day is this Saturday, April 29th, from 8am-2pm. Our youth council supports this amazing effort to...
04/25/2017

The DEA Drug Take Back day is this Saturday, April 29th, from 8am-2pm. Our youth council supports this amazing effort to curb the misuse of prescription medications by our youth and will be out again this year. Please visit any of the eight Fairfax County police stations to drop off your unused/expired prescriptions or to learn more about prescription drug abuse at https://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/

04/03/2017
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Spring break is just around the corner, take a look at these alcohol facts to help you make good choices next week!

Have a safe and happy holiday!

SAMHSA
04/03/2017

SAMHSA

Help save a life; Ask someone if they’re thinking about #suicide. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline '1-800-273-TALK (8255)' is available 24/7/365 #Semicolon #MentalHealth

The UPC Youth Council participated in this important community awareness campaign with the Fairfax -Falls Church Communi...
03/28/2017

The UPC Youth Council participated in this important community awareness campaign with the Fairfax -Falls Church Community Services Board on March 24, 2017. Our members gathered data on tobacco sales and marketing techniques among Fairfax Co. retailers and obtained a pledge from each retailer to be diligent about not selling tobacco products of any kind to underage youth.

The UPC Youth Council participated in this important community awareness campaign with the Fairfax -Falls Church Community Services Board on March 24, 2017. Our members gathered data on tobacco sales and marketing techniques among Fairfax Co. retailers and obtained a pledge from each retailer to be diligent about not selling tobacco products of any kind to underage youth.

UPC Youth Council's cover photo
03/28/2017

UPC Youth Council's cover photo

03/24/2017

The Unified Prevention Coalition Youth Council is participating in yet another community initiative! Tomorrow we embark on Operation CounterAct to bring awareness to our community about youth use of tobacco and tobacco products. In conjunction with the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board, we will be surveying Fairfax County tobacco retail establishments to gauge their level of marketing and sales procedures to ensure our youth are not encouraged to purchase tobacco products #ittakesyoutomakeabetteryouth .#proudofourYC UPC Youth Council

03/15/2017
FCPS High School Students Invited to 2017 Teen Job Fairs | Fairfax County Public Schools

There will be a lot of good and useful information for anyone looking for work.

Fairfax County high school students looking for their first part-time job, summer and seasonal job opportunities, or who want more information about potential career pathways are invited to attend one of four upcoming teen job fairs in Fairfax County. Job fairs will be held as follows:

03/13/2017

High school students may be particularly vulnerable to Daylight Savings-induced sleep loss, says Dr. Kumar, since their internal clocks make it difficult for them to shift their sleep patterns an hour earlier. A 2015 study in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine found that teens lost significant sleep after the spring time change, and showed increased sleepiness, delayed reaction time, and more lapses in attention on subsequent days. This is concerning not just for academics, but also for teen drivers’ safety behind the wheel. In fact, several studies have reported increases in fatal automobile accidents in the days following the spring time change.

Research suggests that it may be bad for you just to be around secondhand marijuana smoke.
03/09/2017
Two More Things We’ve Learned About Secondhand Marijuana Smoke

Research suggests that it may be bad for you just to be around secondhand marijuana smoke.

Available evidence suggests that Inhaling secondhand marijuana smoke may not be as bad for your health as smoking marijuana -- but it isn’t harmless, either.

The TEOCO Corporation continues to support our organization by hosting our annual Dinner & Games night. This year we wer...
03/07/2017

The TEOCO Corporation continues to support our organization by hosting our annual Dinner & Games night. This year we were joined by the Grace Community Center Youth Group.

The TEOCO Corporation continues to support our organization by hosting our annual Dinner & Games night. This year we were joined by the Grace Community Center Youth Group.

Members of our youth council visited Capitol Hill to meet with legislators about issues and concerns they see among thei...
03/07/2017

Members of our youth council visited Capitol Hill to meet with legislators about issues and concerns they see among their peers.

Members of our youth council visited Capitol Hill to meet with legislators about issues and concerns they see among their peers.

03/02/2017
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Advertising is big business. Our nation's youth are being targeted as having longer consumer lifespans and branding starts early. Please read this short article on the influence of marketing and advertising on our kids.

https://www.drugabuse.gov/news-events/news-releases/2016/03/childs-first-eight-years-critical-substance-abuse-prevention
02/28/2017
A child’s first eight years critical for substance abuse prevention

https://www.drugabuse.gov/news-events/news-releases/2016/03/childs-first-eight-years-critical-substance-abuse-prevention

An online guide about interventions in early childhood that can help prevent drug use and other unhealthy behaviors was launched today by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health. The guide offers research-based principles that affect a child’s self-cont...

Our youth council will be kicking off the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Alcohol and Drug Facts Week with dinne...
01/25/2017
Learn About National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week®

Our youth council will be kicking off the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Alcohol and Drug Facts Week with dinner and games tonight. Hosted by TEOCO Corporation we are welcoming the Grace Community Center Korean Youth Group and any students interested in joining our Youth Council. Please see the link for more information about NIDA and contact us if you are interested in attending this evening.

National Drug Facts Week® was launched in 2010 by NIDA to counteract the myths teens hear about drugs and drug abuse.

12/15/2016

Our youth council is ready for Sticker Shock today!

Feel free to join us as we remind our communities that the legal drinking age in Virginia is 21 and the consequences of buying alcohol for underage youth. @keepyouthsafe #projectstickershock

Here are the locations of today's events:

Hayfield Giant 7558 Telegraph Rd, Alexandria, VA 22310; 4:00 pm
Oakton Giant 2932 Chain Bridge Rd, Oakton, VA 22124; 4:00 pm
Centreville Giant 14125 St Germain Dr, Centreville, VA 20121; 4:30 pm
Kings Park Giant 8970 Burke Lake Rd, Springfield, VA 22151; 4:45 pm
McLean Giant 1454 Chain Bridge Rd, McLean, VA 22101; 6:00 pm

Thank you to Giant Food stores for allowing us to spread the word and to our valued FCPD officers who are taking the time to be a part of this important message.

Thank you Glory Days Grill for your support!
11/16/2016

Thank you Glory Days Grill for your support!

November 29th is #GivingTuesday! GDG will donate 10% of sales from all 6 FFX locations to Unified Prevention Coalition! Dine out and support this worthy cause! @keepyouthsafe

Youth council junior member, Lanie, pays a visit to the Drug Enforcement Agency's Drug Take Back day on October 22, 2016...
10/26/2016

Youth council junior member, Lanie, pays a visit to the Drug Enforcement Agency's Drug Take Back day on October 22, 2016.

Youth council members enjoyed a wonderful evening at the Ritz-Carlton for the 18th Annual CADCA Drug-free Kids Campaign ...
10/25/2016

Youth council members enjoyed a wonderful evening at the Ritz-Carlton for the 18th Annual CADCA Drug-free Kids Campaign Awards Dinner. They had the pleasure of speaking with Arthur Dean, Chairman and CEO of CADCA; the Honorable Mary Bono, former member of the U.S. Congress; and local NBC news anchor Pat Lawson-Muse.

Youth council members enjoyed a wonderful evening at the Ritz-Carlton for the 18th Annual CADCA Drug-free Kids Campaign Awards Dinner. They had the pleasure of speaking with Arthur Dean, Chairman and CEO of CADCA; the Honorable Mary Bono, former member of the U.S. Congress; and local NBC news anchor Pat Lawson-Muse.

10/20/2016
The Red Ribbon Campaign

Red Ribbon Week starts on Monday! We distributed posters to all Fairfax County Middle Schools, reminding our middle school youth that the best life is a drug-free life. Parents and neighbors please encourage your kids to stay away from drugs and alcohol!

Please share! Red Ribbon is just around the corner (October 23-31). We want you to enter and help us get the word out about the 6th Annual National Red Ribbon Photo Contest, which was designed to engage families and schools in helping kids grow up safe, healthy and drug free. 20 schools from across the US will win $1,000 each to be used for drug prevention...and you can win an iPad.

Facing Addiction with NCADD
10/05/2016
Facing Addiction with NCADD

Facing Addiction with NCADD

Following Macklemore's panel at the White House as a part of the new MTV documentary, "Prescription For Change: Ending America’s Opioid Crisis," what do you think is the one thing our country should be doing about the addiction crisis?

Members of our youth council will be in attendance at this event in support of youth substance abuse prevention efforts ...
10/04/2016

Members of our youth council will be in attendance at this event in support of youth substance abuse prevention efforts in Fairfax County.

10/04/2016
CADCA

Members of our youth council will participate in Operation Medicine Cabinet Clean-out/Drug Take Back Day, October 22, 2016, by visiting Fairfax County Police Departments to show their support for this important prevention effort.

National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month (NMAAM) has begun and we are asking all coalitions to join the Dose of Prevention Challenge!

In light of President Obama proclamation today that October is also National Youth Substance Use and Substance Use Disorder Prevention Month, there is no better time than the present to showcase and highlight the work you are doing to stem the use of prescription and cough medicine abuse in your communities. #PreventRxAbuse www.preventrxabuse.org

Fairfax County Public Schools
10/03/2016
Fairfax County Public Schools

Fairfax County Public Schools

From The New York Times: Nearly four million teenagers in the US recently started their freshman year of high school. See how they can learn better ways to manage all that stress and insecurity.

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