AWARENESS Inc Spearheading Substance Abuse Prevention in Ulster County
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This week’s guest is AWARENESS Inc. AWARENESS was started by Marie Shultis 17 years ago.
AWARENESS started as a Mentoring Program as a result of an underage drinking party. The program was started to change the culture of substance use for future generations.
It was defined as a teen initiated prevention program in Ulster County with adult guidance. It is aimed at giving middle school youth alternative activities provided by High School students who complete training created by Ulster County Mental Health Association to promote pro-social skills during recreational activities that constitute healthy alternatives to drug and alcohol use.
The Awareness Alcohol Program was formed in 2007 when teen Mentors reached out to their peers that were involved in a fatal drunk driving car crash on prom night that took the life of a friend. In 2009 AWARENESS expanded to cover substance use.
In the last 17 years, AWARENESS has worked diligently in the Hudson Valley to help saves lives. They have won multiple Chronogrammy Awards for Youth Advocacy, including this year.
This episode is a bit different from other episodes. Today, you’re going to hear from many individuals speaking about their experience with AWARENESS. Marie Shultis will be popping in every once and a while, but the focus of this episode is the many voices that make up this program and give it life. There is a lot to get into, so we are just going to jump into all clips.
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This has been this week’s edition of IN TOUCH, the award-winning public affairs and issues program that runs across Townsquare Media of the Hudson Valley radio stations. We want to give a big thank you to Marie Shultis and friends. For more information on AWARENESS Inc, visit awarenessinc.org. You can reach out to Marie about AWARENESS by calling or texting 845-417-1484. Of course, all links and information can be found in the description of this episode.
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