Prizes, basketball game among activities planned
By Jessica Tuggle
INDIAN RIVER COUNTY -- Middle-school and high school students are invited to participate in an interactive event with information that could shape their lives for the better.
The Indian River County Health Department, the Gifford Youth Activity Center and Feed the Lambs are joining together to present "Youth Taking Charge," an event design to equip and empower young people to make positive choices in their lives and educate them on how to deal with complex issues that surround them each and every day.
The free event open to youth from Indian River County is scheduled for May 24 from 10 a.m. to 2p.m., and lunch will be provided, said John May, patient care outreach for the health department.
Participants will have the opportunity to play in a basketball game and win prizes such as mp3 players, tablets, flash drives, gift cards or a summer camp scholarship to the Gifford Youth Activity Center.
Topics to be discussed include bullying, gangs, the realities of jail time and narcotics overdose prevention and education, Mr. May said.
"We really want to get good information out to the youth because it is much needed to better their lives," he said.
"They need to know what they are getting involved with and need to take charge of their lives," Mr. Mays.
The work Mr. May does with the health department is mainly focused on preventative measures to help people know how to respond to situations they may find themselves in, yes, with bullying or being bullied, but also including medical issues such as HIV/aids and STDs.
"The young people need to know how to deal with it, and not come to the point where they want to hurt or kill someone," Mr. May.
Parents are encouraged to bring their kids to the event and pick them up immediately after the basketball game concludes at 2 p.m.
For more information about the event, call (772) 794-7477.