San Diego area teens develop leadership skills (Fallbrook Regional Health District)

A small group of Fallbrook and San Marcos teens learned new leadership skills and tools that can be used to help reduce alcohol and drug abuse among their peers at an all-day “Youth Advocacy Leadership Event” at the Fallbrook Community Center June 3, 2017.

Sponsored by the North Inland Community Prevention Program and the Fallbrook Regional Health District, the workshop mixed motivational speakers with brainstorming and activity sessions focused on positive leadership attributes, environmental prevention strategies, social media and communication. The final session challenged participants to think of teen-friendly social media strategies that would help get alcohol and drug abuse prevention messages to their peers.

Participant Vanessa Hernandez, 13, said she was glad she attended the workshop. “I had a lot of fun, and I feel like I know a lot more about what makes a good leader and how to be one now,” she said.

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