ASAP Youth Ambassadors Encourage Peers to be Safe and Sober on Prom Night
Press Release, Anderson County, TN, April 2019 – This time of year high school students are looking forward to those wonderful milestone moments like prom and graduation. Regrettably, these milestones can sometimes go hand in hand with tragedy when mixed with drugs or alcohol. ASAP of Anderson Youth Ambassadors Coalition (YAC) are encouraging their peers to be safe and sober on prom night. The ASAP YAC is made up of students from Anderson County, Clinton and Oak Ridge high schools. Students designed posters that will hang throughout their schools in the coming weeks before prom to remind students they can “choose their fate.” This message corresponds with ASAP’s #IAMONE campaign. The campaign encourages youth to declare #IAMONE who will not use drugs or alcohol.
On a typical prom weekend, 40 percent of traffic-related deaths among 15 to 20-year olds involve alcohol; and underage drinking sends more than 190,000 teens to the emergency room each year. Furthermore, underage drinking kills six times as many teens as all other illicit drugs combined. ASAP of Anderson partners with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office who provides funding to support the #IAMONE campaign.
Students attending the prom next week will get to participate in a photo booth and also receive a sober prom reminder when they are leaving the event including a keychain and free dessert card donated by Chick-fil-A Oak Ridge. For more information about the #IAMONE campaign, contact ASAP of Anderson at 865-457- 3007 or visit www.ASAPofAnderson.org. Follow @ASAPofAnderson on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.