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Partner Showcase

Community partners have embraced the Above the Influence campaign and have used the activities to engage youth in a dialogue about the negative effects of substance use, and how to be a positive influence on peers. Partners have used the Above the Influence campaign as a valuable asset to which they can further their respective youth-serving missions.

HOOD RIVER, OR To highlight their community-wide vision to live Above the Influence, over 300 students and volunteers in Hood River, Oregon, directed by artist in residence Allison Bell Fox, contributed over 31,000 man-hours to creating their own one of a kind mural. Hood River county boasts three H.E.A.L.T.H. (Helping Educate Advocate and Lead Towards [...]

On March 14, ONDCP’s “Above the Influence” campaign traveled to Peabody, MA, to partner with the Healthy Peabody Collaborative (HPC) and Peabody Veterans Memorial High School (PVMHS) to infuse the air of a professional sporting event into the high school’s annual dodgeball tournament. ONDCP Deputy Director Ben Tucker served as the guest Master of Ceremonies [...]

Please join the “Above the Influence” (ATI) team for the 2013 CADCA Leadership Forum at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, MD.  The week-long conference is the Nation’s largest meeting for community prevention leaders, treatment professionals, and researchers. On Thursday, February 7 at 9 a.m., the ATI team will host an [...]

In May 2012, the Media Campaign joined the Sitar Arts Center in Washington, DC, to celebrate the launch of “Above the Influence’s” new activity – “Express It.” The activity calls on teens to create a short skit, poem, song, or dance that educates and inspires them and their peers to live “above the influence.”  The [...]

More than 100 youth – handpicked by their peers across Illinois – participated in DomeShift, an annual two-day event aimed at arming students with advocacy training skills to activate change within their communities. During the event, which took place April 17-18, 2012, students visited the state capitol building to talk with their legislators about community [...]

Essex Junction, VT, is home to some pretty amazing teenagers. The Essex CHIPS “Above the Influence” group, led by Mischa Tourin, received national recognition from MTV in February 2012 for their submission to MTV & Above the Influence’s “Unwasted Weekend” video challenge. MTV selected the Essex ATI teens’ video as one of three that best [...]

In April 2012, the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) teamed up with the Kent County Prevention Coalition (KCPC) for the first ever Kent County Above the Influence (ATI) “Live Out Loud: Dream IT, Believe IT, Achieve IT” Youth Summit. This two-day summit brought together more than 600 middle and high school students from [...]

The Clinton Substance Abuse Council, New Directions and the “Above the Influence” (ATI) campaign joined nearly 150 youth from seven local middle schools at the X-Treme Leadership Conference at Ashford University on November 3, 2011.  Clinton area youth participated in interactive sessions led by the ATI team and Clinton Students for Tobacco Education and Prevention [...]

In November 2011, the Unified Prevention! (UP!) Coalition for a Drug Free Doña Ana County and the Doña Ana County Teen Court teamed up with the “Above the Influence” Team to integrate the youth-focused campaign into the first annual Empowering Youth Conference in Las Cruces, NM.  Jaylene McIntosh, coordinator of the UP! Coalition, was excited [...]

For the second year in a row, The Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club in Bronx, NY has implemented “Above the Influence” toolkit activities and themes in their character development and health Club programming. The Club nominates youth ages 14-18 to serve as their local ATI team.  During a seven-week employment program, they planned and [...]

PHOENIX, AZ In recognition of an ATI online challenge – designed to engage teens across the country in a discussion on influence – the ATI team traveled to Phoenix, AZ, for a series of youth-driven events. The first stop was the 2010 Arizona SADD conference, where more than 800 youth attended and executed the ATI [...]

HARTFORD, CT Chad Williams, director of quality assurance from the Boys & Girls Club of Hartford, leveraged an existing communication vehicle at his organization to raise the profile of his club’s ATI efforts in the community. Chad wrote an article in his organizational newsletter describing his youth’s efforts with “Tag It” and the Above the [...]

ITHACA, NY To leverage what youth participants learned during the ATI “Tag It” activity, Alicia Grey, youth development coordinator, and the Community Coalition for Healthy Youth identified ways in which students, parents, and stakeholders in the community could use teens’ “tags” as a discussion tool for other anti-drug efforts. Their resulting idea was to create [...]

SOUTH KINGSTON, RI Eileen Stone, coordinator of the South Kingston Partnership for Prevention, “didn’t know what to expect” after leaving the ATI Partner Summit in Washington, DC. She quickly found, however, that the ATI campaign, along with the ATI “Tag It” activity, was “relevant, easy, and effective.” Working with local high schools to implement the [...]

MILWAUKEE, WI Building on the ATI messages of identifying positive and negative influences/challenges specific to their community, Jacqueline Zeledon, communications manager, and her team at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee identified and formed an alliance with a fellow youth-serving organization, Milwaukee Reality Check Coalition (MRCC), to tackle the ongoing and prevalent drug [...]