FFA Chapter Advisor Dana Snyder, senior Katie Hill, and freshmen Brooke Baker, Brooke Stoner, and Reise Cozart of the London FFA Chapter traveled to the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center in early December for an event entitled “Hope for Ohio: A Teen Forum on the Opioid Crisis.”
The purpose of the “Hope for Ohio” event was to help raise awareness of the current substance abuse problem facing the nation. The hope for the conference was to help students to learn ways to get involved in their organizations at their schools and in their communities to help stop drug-related issues.
While the members were at the event, they got to hear messages by speakers Dave Kohout of the organization Talk is Cheap and Wayne Campbell, president and founder of the nonprofit organization, Tyler’s Light.
Kohout encouraged participants that one person can make a difference while Campbell told the students that speaking up can save a life of an addict. The four chapter members were divided into mini sessions that they had chosen at the beginning of the forum.
The smaller sessions included a program on youth advocacy training as well as a presentation by Kevin Rigby of the organization Youth to Youth entitled “pHarming Effects.”
The information that the FFA members gathered during the event was valuable and will be shared with London High School and the London community.
Katie Hill is the London FFA news reporter.