New Vision Students Find Ways to Educate Youth about Substance Abuse

The New Vision Allied Health classes at the Center for Instruction, Technology and Innovation recently impressed the Oswego County Legislature’s Health Committee members with their presentation of research, statistics and outreach efforts regarding youth substance abuse.

New Vision Allied Health students, at left, recently presented the Oswego County Legislature’s Health Committee members their findings of youth substance abuse occurrences throughout the community.
New Vision Allied Health students, at left, recently presented the Oswego County Legislature’s Health Committee members their findings of youth substance abuse occurrences throughout the community.

Instructor Kimberly Wright said students in both the morning and afternoon classes took ownership of the topic she came up with and became actively engaged in find out how drugs have impacted the youth throughout Oswego County.

Each students explained a portion of their project from data collection to education and the development of strategies to help combat the issues.

A panel of local health professionals selected student ideas of an educational video and a school-wide resource fair that included participation from community agencies where students could seek information and professional help for drug use and abuse.

Justin Gardner (Mexico Academy & Central School District) said the 2016-2017 New Vision Allied Health students may choose to further develop the 2015-2016 class’s plan.

Committee chairman John Proud thanked the students for their “impressive collaboration.”

Legislator Terry Wilbur, a CiTi New Vision Law & Government alumnus, asked students how youth drug use could be further combated.

Karleen Aserian (Central Square Central School District) said increased education to middle and high school students is key.