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New Vision Youth takes part in Tennessee Teen Institute

Staff Report • Jul 6, 2019 at 8:30 PM

KINGSPORT — Members of New Vision Youth joined 490 young leaders from across the state at the Tennessee Teen Institute last month.

Held on the University of Tennessee at Martin campus June 9-14, the TTI is a five-day youth leadership and prevention camp sponsored by the Jackson Area Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependency. This was the 33rd year of the program in Tennessee.

The TTI addresses teen issues such as bullying, violence, suicide, pregnancy, distracted driving, health and substance abuse prevention through a peer-led camp designed to provide participants with the skills and education necessary to develop and implement alcohol and drug abuse prevention programs in their own communities.

“This is a comprehensive program that trains, mobilizes and empowers youth to prevent the illegal use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs and self-destructive behaviors in themselves and their peers,” a press release stated. “TTI prepares students to not only make positive changes, but to be proud advocates of those changes.”

Students had the opportunity to grow and learn as individuals, while enhancing their leadership abilities. Because the TTI is peer-led, teens are given a unique opportunity to have a voice and take ownership in the program, leading to success in enforcing a substance-free lifestyle.

“These participants leave motivated not only to make healthy decisions in their own lives,” the release states, “but also committed to work so that others are making healthy decisions in their communities as well.”

For more information about the program, visit www.tnteeninstitute.net.