The BCDAPP recognizes the youth’s perceptions of social norms play an important role in shaping their behaviors. Young people behave in ways that they believe are typical and acceptable to their peers. If they believe that risky behaviors are typical, they are more likely to engage in those behaviors.
“Setting the Pace–Testimonials by Normal Kids,” is a collection of personal narratives that attest to actual community norms concerning underage drinking and substance abuse. The BCDAPP commends the Chestnut Ridge School District Administration and Staff, Chestnut Ridge Local Safe and Drug Free Schools and Communities, Ms. Jennifer Romano, and the brave young people who dared to share their stories for the purpose of encouraging others to stay drug and alcohol free.
The stories in this collection contain the student authors’ personal and spiritual experiences and are to be interpreted as such. Their messages and view are not necessarily the singular or combine views of the individuals or organization listed above.
On Tuesday, March 7, 2017 the Bedford County Drug & Alcohol Prevention Partnership honored 5 local SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) at BCDAPP’s Annual Youth Recognition dinner at Breezewood Fire Department. Each of the Bedford County School Districts, had a student recognized for his or her outstanding contribution to the school districts SADD chapter.
Jennifer Romano, CRHS; Butch Biedle, BMS; Bailey McGill, BHS; Carlee Riegel, CRHS; Trenton Husick, TMHS; Bedford County Commissioner, Josh Lang; Abigail Johnson, Everett; Kelly Winegardner, Everett; Trish Biedle, Everett; Megan Keyser, NBHS; Tess Crawford, NBHS; Chad Kraft, Remembering Robbie Foundation; Livy Kraft.
On Wednesday, November 16, 2016, Bedford county SADD students traveled to Seven Springs Mountain Resort for a day of SADD fun! Altogether, Bedford County took 67 SADD students along with 7 advisors and 2 PSI staff members.
The day started off with all 660 students attending the conference gathered together in the main auditorium. During their time in the auditorium, Felicity Erin, our PA State SADD Rep, announced the recipients of the SADD Coalition of the Year and the SADD Advisor of the Year. Bedford Middle School received the SADD Coalition of the Year Award for the wonderful work they had done over the past year. As Felicity began introducing the recipient of the SADD Advisor of the Year, she began talking about a wonderful book that was created by students with stories of why they chose not to use drugs or alcohol…this book was “Setting the Pace”. Jen Romano, Chestnut Ridge SADD Advisor, received the SADD Advisor of the Year award for her hard work, great leadership, and dedication to preventing students from using drugs and alcohol. After the excitement of Bedford County SADD sweeping up the awards, the students were headed off to their first workshop. There were 5 workshops offered for students to choose from:
Workshop #1: What do you consider lethal? Consisted of the PA Teen Safe Driving Coalition reaching out to students using the Impact Teen Drivers curriculum.
Workshop #2: Minding your Mind taught students that everyone is impacted by mental health, even people who are not suffering from a mental illness. This workshop taught students how to create a Mental Health Campaign at their own schools.
Workshop#3: Pennsylvania’s Drug Culture focused on current drug trends in PA and how SADD chapters can change the culture of their schools and communities.
Workshop #4 Marijuana Myths De-Bunked focused on giving the youth counters to the famous ‘marijuana is safe’ argument.
Workshop #5 Kick Butts Day 2017 Taking Down Tobacco was a train the trainer session on the ins and outs of tobacco policy and what your SADD chapter can do to make you community tobacco-free.
The kids ended the day with a provided lunch and then a small session in the auditorium. The Bedford County SADD students will now be taking the information they learned and putting it to use by educating our elementary students!