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New Vision Youth participates in Tennessee Teen Institute

Staff Report • Jun 28, 2018 at 12:30 PM

KINGSPORT — Earlier this month, members of New Vision Youth joined nearly 500 youth leaders from across the state at the Tennessee Teen Institute.

Sponsored by the Jackson Area Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependency (JACOA), the program addresses teen issues such as bullying, violence, suicide, teen pregnancy, distracted driving, teen health and substance abuse prevention.

The event, which is in its 30th year, is a five-day, peer-led camp designed to provide teens with the skills necessary to develop and implement alcohol and drug abuse prevention programs in their own communities.

TTI prepares students not only to make positive changes, but to be proud advocates of those changes. Giving youth some ownership in this type of program is one of the key factors in the success of enforcing a substance-free lifestyle.

Held on the University of Tennessee at Martin campus June 17-22, TTI 2018 hosted about 490 teen leaders, adult advisors and TTI staff. These participants left motivated not only to make healthy decisions in their own lives, but also committed to work so that others are making healthy decisions in their communities.

New Vision Youth has been attending TTI for 10 years, and 33 members attended this year. The organization won trophies in the past and also won two first place trophies at this year’s event, one for Showtime Talent and one Spirit Award.