Youth Metro Drug Coalition
Youth Metro Drug Coalition consists of sophomore, junior and senior high school students across Knox County who have a personal connection to addiction or a passion for substance abuse prevention. These teens serve as a youth-led ‘community roundtable’ on drug and alcohol prevention, providing a safe place to discuss the issues teens in their communities are facing, cultivating a sense of community amongst their peers and developing prevention strategies to implement in order to engage teens and reduce/prevent youth substance use.
YMDC is an opportunity for high school students to become community champions in the field of substance abuse prevention. With support from MDC, teens are provided the tools necessary to live above the influence of drugs and alcohol, learn effective strategies to bring education and awareness of substance abuse to their peers, and become advocates for change. Students in YMDC commit to be drug and alcohol free and are trained on topics, such as: the effects of substance abuse on the body and its impact on the community, public speaking and drug policy.
Current Schools Represented in YMDC
- Bearden High School
- Career Magnet Academy
- Central High School
- Hardin Valley Academy
- West High School
For more information about YMDC, contact Sarah Sandlin.