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Isle students join Hawaii Meth Project council


The Hawaii Meth Project has announced the newly appointed student members of its Teen Advisory Council for the 2013-2014 school year, including four students from Hawaii Island.

The council assists the Hawaii Meth Project in its statewide community outreach program. Student members will help raise awareness about the risks of methamphetamine use and provide a teen perspective on the prevention campaign’s strategies and messages.

“It is such an honor to have been selected to serve on the Teen Advisory Council for a second term,” said Kayla Yamada, a senior at Waiakea High School. “I’m excited to continue working with the Hawaii Meth Project this year initiating peer-to-peer outreach in the Big Island community. Our goal is to educate our peers about the risks associated with crystal meth and encourage positive, healthy choices.”

For this year’s advisory council, 19 public and private high school students from Hawaii Island Lanai, Maui, Kauai and Oahu were selected through a competitive application and interview process.

During their term, council members will be involved in a number of outreach and service projects. They will represent the Hawaii Meth Project at community events, initiate activities and projects at their schools, and engage peers online via social media.

Members of the 2013-2014 Teen Advisory Council representing Hawaii Island are:

* Jasey Frasco – 12th grade, Kamehameha Schools Hawaii Campus
* Ian Sanborn – 10th grade, Kamehameha Schools Hawaii Campus
* Kayla Yamada – 12th grade, Waiakea High School (returning member)
* Makoa Yoshida – 9th grade, Konawaena High School

“This is the fourth consecutive year that we have been privileged to work with such talented and motivated student leaders,” said David Earles, Executive Director of the Hawaii Meth Project. “Peer-to-peer interaction is critical to sharing our message with Hawaii’s youth. Our goal is to enable the members of this Teen Advisory Council to be strong voices in their communities far beyond the time they spend working directly with us here at the Hawaii Meth Project.”

Since the Teen Advisory Council was formed in 2010, student members have been instrumental in reaching out to their peers and expanding the teen volunteer base within their respective communities.

Many council members take on the task of organizing Meth Awareness Days on their own campuses. The programs consist of interactive presentations focused on educating students about the risks of meth use by incorporating the use of social and cultural activities, such as art and dance.

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