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LMTI Reunion Conference!

Hello LMTI family! We know that leaving camp early this year was disappointing so we want to do something to help make up that time. Please join us for the LMTI Reunion Conference! Get ready for a day of LMTI presenters, fun, games, reuniting with friends, and non-stop fun at Six Flags! It will be held on October 13th. Anyone who attended the Lindsey Meyer Teen Institute Summer Leadership Conference 2018 is invited to attend free of charge! We will have some fun programming in the morning, a picnic lunch, a meal voucher for dinner, and access to the park!

Download the Permission Slip here!

Update from LMTI

Dear LMTI participants, parents, advisors, volunteers, and funders,

During the second day of our 32nd annual Teen Institute Summer Leadership Conference, a number of our volunteers, advisors, and students experienced symptoms consistent with norovirus (commonly known as the stomach bug/virus), and by overnight into day three, it had spread rapidly.  The Lindsey Meyer Teen Institute is a leadership conference that promotes wellness, and our primary focus as a public health agency is making sure everyone is, first and foremost, safe and healthy.  Keeping 350 people in close quarters during a virus outbreak would not accomplish this in any way.

We made the difficult decision, with input from our on-site medical team, YMCA Camp Mason, and the Warren County Department of Health, to end our Summer Leadership Conference early and get everyone home as quickly as possible.  This was, of course, disappointing to the participants and to us, but it was the right thing to do.  I am sure you can imagine that getting almost 300 high school students home to family who were not expecting them back for two more days was extremely challenging, and was at a minimum very inconvenient and frustrating for many parents and guardians.  We apologize for any disruption this caused, and appreciate your understanding.

Overwhelmingly, the response we received from the vast majority of our advisors and participants was a desire to have an opportunity to complete the LMTI experience.  We are working on finding a way to allow this to happen – albeit in some alternative fashion – so the participants this year are not short-changed.

In the coming days and weeks, we will finalize an appropriate plan of action and reach back out.  In the meantime, thank you for your patience and support.

Sincerely,

Doug Bratton  (PIP Executive Director), Jamie Sierfeld (LMTI Director), and the Partners in Prevention/LMTI team

Sticker Shock

Sticker Shock brings awareness towards underage drinking, one of the priorities of the Lindsey Meyer Teen Institute. The stickers are placed on the products throughout the store act as “warning” labels to inform the public of the consequences they can face if they provide or purchase alcohol for minors. The message comes in loud and clear when minors are the ones spreading the word and taking action. Parents, older siblings, older friends, etc. are often unaware that they themselves can get into trouble along with the individual that is not of age. Underage drinking is a serious issue and can be harmful to the individual.

According to SAMHSA (the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration), adults who had their first drink before the age of 15 were 7 times more likely to experience alcohol problems than those who had not started drinking before the age of 21.

Here are some of the resources that we have provided you with:

Target Area: Underage Drinking
Strategies: Providing Information, Physical Design

Tobacco Park Clean-Up

Depending on the condition it’s discarded in, a cigarette butt can take anywhere from 18 months to 10 years to decompose, according to the World Health Organization. Even worse, used cigarette filters are composed of toxins, such as tar, and those chemicals seep into the soil and waterways, damaging organisms that come in contact with them.

If you want to organize a Tobacco Park Clean-Up event here are some of the resources you will need:

Target Area: Tobacco
Strategies: Providing Information, Physical Design

Dirty Laundry

Use this activity to creatively expose Big Tobacco’s lies and tricks by airing out their dirty laundry! Creating a powerful visual display can help people in your community realize the deadly consequences of tobacco use and the tactics used by the tobacco industry to market their products.

Here are the resources you will need for this activity:

Target Area: Tobacco
Strategies: Providing Information, Physical Design

Poster Campaign

Use your creativity to create posters, bulletin boards, cards, signs, or displays to share information with your school or community about the dangers of ATOD use. Use the information from the fact sheets to create visuals that make sense for your community.

Great for Kick Butts Day (March), World No Tobacco Day (May 31), Great American Smoke out (3rd Thursday of November), Alcohol Awareness Month (April), National Night Out (August), Red Ribbon Week (October), Prom Season, or any time of the year!

Here are the resources you will need for this activity:

Target Area: Underage Drinking, Prescription Drugs, Tobacco
Strategies: Providing Information, Physical Design

Public Service Announcement

A lot of the media we consume today comes through the form of video, especially short videos that are available online. Making a Public Service Announcement, or PSA, is a great way to make the public aware of the topics and issues that are important to your group.

Here are some of the resources that we have provided you with:

Target Area: Underage Drinking, Prescription Drugs, Tobacco
Strategies: Providing Information

Town Hall

Town hall meetings will provide your club the chance to work directly with the issues in your own community. They give your club and the public a chance to talk about the issues they find important, and hopefully find solutions to any problems. Each community runs its town hall meetings in a different way, but there are a few things all meetings have in common. The instructions below will help the meeting run successfully!
Here are the resources you will need for this activity:

Target Area: Underage Drinking, Prescription Drugs, Tobacco
Strategies: Providing Information, Enhancing Access/Reducing Barriers (If childcare is provided)

Mission imPOSITIVE

This activity is a chance for you to spread kindness and positivity throughout your community! Your group will create small positivity challenges and hide them throughout the school or community. As individuals start finding the challenges, you’ll be able to sit back and see how one small gesture can contribute to a culture of kindness.

Target Audience: Students, Teachers, Community Members