Teen Leadership Summit

In November 2017, DrugFreeLex members sat down with groups of students representing several Lexington-Fayette County middle and high schools.  The Teen Leadership Summit provided an opportunity to consider issues that matter to them and develop an idea for a project to implement in their schools to address those issues. Problems students were asked to consider included a variety of risky behaviors and activities, substance use among them.  Students learned about the building blocks of health development, which include support, empowerment, health boundaries, constructive use of time, commitment to learning, developing positive values, social competence, and positive identity.  With guidance from community members who served as adult mentors, the students used these assets and their own creativity to develop action plans.  Students left the summit feeling energized, empowered, and ready to embrace the challenge of making a difference in their schools and their community at large.