Franklin High School Halloween Spooktacular

October 29, 2018

 Franklin High School student senate hosted their 2nd annual Halloween Spooktacular.   Volition Youth participated by offering cookie decorating to youth in the community and their parents.  We had signage that said “candy flavored vapes are a trick not a treat” and gave out coloring books and comic books about children living tobacco and drug free.  We also provided education about e-cigarettes to adults. 100 children and their parents participated in the event.

Trunk or Treat at APA

October 21, 2018

 Volition Youth participated in the Academy for Performing Arts, a community partner’s, Trunk or Treat event.  We decorated our car and dressed up like Candy Land characters.  We passed out candy and candy-sharped erasers to children participating in the event.  The candy had a sticker on them that said “candy flavored tobacco is a trick, not a treat”.  We also took time to educate parents about vaping and flavored tobacco.  About 50 children and their parents participated in this event.

National Night Out

FYI members Laney, Ishika, and Kylee volunteered at National Night Out to educate their peers that most teens do not drink. We played a "Duck Away from Alcohol Parties" game and offered prizes, stickers, and stickers.  About 400 people visited the table. Members also participated in a chalk contest spreading prevention messages to the public prior to National Night Out. 

Family Fun 5K Run/Walk

Ishika and Liv volunteered their Saturday morning to pass out water at the first annual 5K in Franklin.  About 175 people ran in the race.  We also did some positive chalk messaging for runners as they passed the halfway point of the race. 

Stairway to Heroin

FYI members volunteered at the Stairway to Heroin event hosted by Volition Franklin at the Saber Center for Performing Arts.  FYI members had a booth showcasing the work they do in Franklin and help dispense and collect evaluation forms. Overall, the participants agreed the program was positive and provided information about preventing substance abuse in youth.  FYI members also met with Rep. Ken Skowronski to participate in the “I Choose” campaign of healthy choice.