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Above The Influence (ATI) Day

Above The Influence Day (ATI) is a state of mind. It’s about being yourself and not letting negative influence get to you. Pressure to drink, do drugs or do anything that goes against who you are in order to fit in—that’s negative influence.”

And that was exactly what we advocated for this past ATI Day at the four local high schools in Arlington, VA. The Drugs & Alcohol committee, under Teen Network Board’s supervision, took front and center in making ATI Day a success by advocating to teens to be above all negative influences in their lives.

As a new member of Teen Network Board and the Drugs & Alcohol committee, I was not surprised to find myself in the middle of the action. I was privileged enough to find out how the planning took place as well as the execution from the bottom-up. The day before ATI Day, the Drugs & Alcohol committee members distributed t-shirts, key chains, pledge cards, and pledge forms equally to the four high schools (Washington-Lee, Wakefield, Yorktown, and HB) to ensure that each high school had enough supplies for the big day. There we decided who would take charge of making sure everything ran smoothly at each high school and I was one of the chosen ones.

After going back and forth with the Activities Coordinators, we were able to get permission to make sure ATI Day occurred on time. The day before ATI Day, I passed out little informational flyers to students and teachers as a heads-up on our big event. The day of ATI Day, I, along with other committee members, went downstairs and set-up our materials before 1st lunch started. After the first bell rang, we started ushering students to our table and handed them pledge cards, key chains, t-shirts, candy, and pledge forms until first lunch ended.  

Overall, ATI Day was beyond successful, we were able to get the information out fully as well as reward students for participating.

 

Posted: Nov 11, 2013 by Bethlehem Demissie

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